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MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Marlins enjoyed the type of evening
they’ve experienced rather infrequently this season.
Javier Vazquez pitched seven strong innings, Jose Lopez homered
and the Marlins had 15 hits in a 9-3 victory over the New York Mets
on Monday night.

Emilio Bonifacio and Gaby Sanchez both had three hits and two
RBIs, and Lopez and Logan Morrison also had three hits to help the
Marlins win three straight for the first time since July 31-Aug. 2.
“The guys swung the bats well,” Florida manager Jack McKeon
said. “Maybe it’s a sign that September is here, the fall season,
the guys are in a good hitting mood. I guess the cool weather has
helped these guys.

“Most of the season, our pitchers don’t have any margin for
error.”
Vazquez (9-11) gave up one run and six hits while striking out
seven and walking none.

The 14-year veteran has hinted he will retire after the season.
Besides being within striking distance of a .500 record for the
year, Vazquez’s career mark stands at 161-160.
“As a professional and as an athlete, you want to do good every
time out,” Vazquez said, “so it’s important for every one of us
to try and finish as strong as we can.”

Florida has won nine of Vazquez’s last 14 starts. He’s 6-4 with
a 2.28 ERA during that stretch.
“It’s not going to be hard (if I retire),” Vazquez said. “If
I do go out, that’s actually how I want to go out _ pitching
good.”

Chris Capuano (10-12) allowed six runs and eight hits in four
innings, his shortest of 27 starts this year. He walked one, struck
out three and threw a wild pitch that scored a run.
“I would throw one ball the way I wanted to and the next one
would be flat,” Capuano said. “It was one of those nights I could
not make an adjustment.”

Jason Bay hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot off Chris Hatcher
in the ninth, for the Mets.

The Marlins used a three-run fourth to grab a 6-1 lead. With one
out, Bryan Petersen singled home Mike Cameron, who had doubled.
Bonifacio later delivered a two-out, two-run single.
Cameron’s RBI double scored Sanchez in the fifth, and Sanchez
had a two-run single in the sixth to stretch the lead to 9-1.
With such leads rare this season for the Marlins, it would seem
natural to wonder where such offensive outbursts have been this
season.

“We don’t think anything like that,” Sanchez said. “We don’t
think about the past, we just go to the future. It was a great
night tonight, we have to do the same thing tomorrow.”
Florida took a 2-0 lead in the first. Bonifacio opened with a
double, took third on Omar Infante’s sacrifice and scored on
Capuano’s wild pitch. Sanchez then doubled with two out and scored
on Morrison’s single to center.

Lopez homered on an 0-2 pitch with two out in the third to make
it 3-0.

The Mets got on the board in the fourth when David Wright led
off with a triple to left-center and scored on Angel Pagan’s
groundout.

NOTES: The Mets recalled OF Mike Baxter and purchased the
contracts of RHP Chris Schwinden and 1B Valentino Pascucci from
Triple-A Buffalo. … The Marlins activated C John Baker, INF
Donnie Murphy and RHP Brian Sanches from the disabled list. LHP
Randy Choate (elbow inflammation) was moved to the 60-day DL. …
Florida will call up 3B Matt Dominguez on Tuesday. … After the
game, Florida designated INF Alfredo Amezaga for assignment and
announced it will bring up 3B Matt Dominguez, C Vinny Rotino and
RHP Alex Sanabia from Triple-A New Orleans. … Earlier, Florida
RHP Josh Johnson (right shoulder inflammation) threw off the mound
for the first time in more than two months. Johnson, on the
disabled list since May 21, threw 21 fastballs. … Mets 1B Ike
Davis (left ankle sprain, bone bruise) took part in pregame drills
as he and the team try to determine if surgery will be required.
Davis has been on the disabled list since May 12. … Mets LHP
Johan Santana (left shoulder surgery) was scheduled to throw in the
bullpen Tuesday before pitching in a minor league game on Friday.
The team said there was a chance Santana could pitch for the Mets
before the season ends. … Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez will undergo
a CT Scan to determine the type of surgery he’ll face to repair his
left shoulder. No surgery date had been set.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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