By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Rookie second baseman Justin Turner committed a
crucial throwing error in the ninth inning, allowing the Florida
Marlins to score two runs and rally past the New York Mets 4-3 on
Omar Infante hit a pair of solo shots for Florida, giving him
three homers this season, but star shortstop Hanley Ramirez left
the game in pain after spraining his left shoulder while diving for
a ball in the outfield.
Jose Reyes homered and Chris Capuano pitched six effective
innings for the Mets, who have lost four straight following a
five-game winning streak.
New York led 3-2 entering the ninth, but Jason Isringhausen
quickly got in trouble with a leadoff walk to Logan Morrison. Mike
Stanton popped out before Mike Cameron’s single put runners at the
Isringhausen (2-2) hit John Buck with a pitch, loading the
bases, and pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen hit a slow grounder to
second base. Turner charged the ball and Buck stopped in the middle
of the basepath, so Turner tossed to first. But his throw went high
and wide past Lucas Duda, handing Florida a 4-3 lead.
Randy Choate walked pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino to start the
bottom of the ninth before Leo Nunez came on. Nunez, who blew a
save Monday night, got pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy to ground into a
1-6-3 double play and struck out Jason Pridie for his 31st save in
A cascade of boos from the crowd of 33,297 was directed at the
Mets after the final out.
Steve Cishek (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win,
helping the Marlins (55-55) get back to .500 for the first time
since June 12. They tied the Mets for third place in the NL East.
Florida also improved to 32-25 on the road and 4-0 at Citi
Field, where the Mets are 22-28 this season.
Duda’s sacrifice fly off reliever Brian Sanches put New York up
3-2 in the sixth.
Moments earlier, Ramirez injured his shoulder. He was chasing
Angel Pagan’s pop fly to shallow left when he lunged for the ball
at the last minute and hit the ground hard. The ball dropped for a
single and Ramirez tumbled over, grabbing his left shoulder as he
writhed in pain.
The three-time All-Star and 2009 NL batting champion stayed down
for several minutes. He walked off the field, holding his left arm
gingerly to his side, with manager Jack McKeon and a trainer.
Greg Dobbs entered the game at third base and Emilio Bonifacio
shifted from third to shortstop. Ramirez, who spent time on the
disabled list earlier this season with a lower back strain, is day
Infante, the second batter of the game, hit the first pitch he
saw from Capuano over the left-field fence.
Reyes responded in the third, pulling a curveball from rookie
Brad Hand for his fifth home run of the season and first batting
Infante connected again with two outs in the fifth, a shot to
nearly the same spot as his first one, for his fifth career
Capuano helped the Mets tie it again with a leadoff single in
the bottom half. He advanced to third on Turner’s ground-rule
double and scored on a groundout by David Wright.
New York went ahead after Pagan’s bloop single with one out in
the sixth. Pagan stole second, went to third on a wild pitch by
Sanches and scored on Duda’s liner to right.
Duda tied Monday night’s game on a two-run homer off Nunez with
two outs in the ninth, but Stanton’s grand slam in the 10th sent
Florida to a 7-3 victory.
NOTES: Marlins ace Josh Johnson (right shoulder inflammation) is
slated to begin throwing again Wednesday in Florida. He hasn’t
pitched since May 16. … During his pregame session with reporters
in his office, the 80-year-old McKeon picked up his cell phone to
see who was calling, then snapped it shut. “Ahhh, Obama,” McKeon
deadpanned. “Sign the thing. What are you calling me for?” …
Mets manager Terry Collins said he wants to find days off for Reyes
and Wright soon. … Mike Nickeas started at catcher, his first
action with the Mets since late April. … Reyes, Jason Bay and
R.A. Dickey were among the Mets who posed for photos and signed
autographs during a pregame reception at Citi Field for Tuesday’s
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