MIAMI (AP) _ Nick Evans drove in three runs including a go-ahead
single in the 12th inning to give the New York Mets a 7-4 win over
the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.
Jose Reyes, Justin Turner, Angel Pagan, and Evans each had three
hits for the Mets, who lost a two-run lead in the bottom of the
ninth inning.

Jose Ceda (0-1) gave up three straight hits to begin the 12th,
including Evan’s soft liner to center to score Pagan. Later in the
inning, Reyes hit an RBI single and Lucas Duda drew a bases-loaded
walk to give the Mets a 7-4 lead.

Ryota Igarashi (4-1) struck out the only batter he faced.
Josh Stinson, the Mets’ eighth pitcher, pitched a perfect inning
to record his first save.

Not too many of the announced crowd of 22,318 stuck around for
the finish of a game that lasted 4 hours, 29 minutes after the
start of the game was delayed 1:14 due to rain.

The Marlins left 16 runners on base and were unable to take
advantage of three errors by the Mets including a crucial one in
the 11th by David Wright, who dropped a pop-up that put two runners
in scoring position, but Donnie Murphy struck out to end the

With the Mets leading 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Bobby
Parnell allowed a single to Greg Dobbs and a two-out walk to Logan
Morrison. Mike Cameron then doubled off the left-center wall as
both runners scored to tie the score. Murphy also struck out to end
the ninth. It was Parnell’s fourth blown save in nine chances.

Evans singled in the eighth to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and
Pagan doubled off first baseman Gaby Sanchez’s glove in the ninth
for another run.
Dobbs had three hits and drove in two runs.

The Mets walked the bases loaded with one out in the fourth and
eighth, but escaped both jams without allowing a run.
Mets starter Miguel Batista allowed one run and five hits in six
innings. He struck out three and walked four.

Chris Volstad, who has not won since July 10, pitched six
innings and allowed two runs for the Marlins.
NOTES: A black cat scampered in front of the Marlins dugout and
jumped into the stands in the eighth inning with the Mets batting.
… Marlins INF Matt Dominguez made his major league debut in the
10th when he was hit by a pitch. … Marlins CF Mike Cameron left
the game in the 11th inning with a tight hamstring and is
considered day-to-day. … Mets LHP Johan Santana (shoulder) threw
a successful bullpen session before the game and will make his
second minor league rehab start on Friday with hopes of returning
to the majors at some point this season. … Marlins SS Hanley
Ramirez, who has not played since Aug. 2, will have season-ending
shoulder surgery on Sept. 15. … Wednesday’s game between the two
clubs was moved up two hours to a 5:10 start to accommodate the
Mets doubleheader on Thursday against the Braves. The Mets will
send RHP R.A. Dickey to the mound. He is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two
games at Sun Life Stadium. Florida will counter with LHP Brad Hand,
who did not earn a decision in his lone start against the Mets
earlier this season.

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


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