MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JULY 23: John Buck #14 of the Florida Marlins celebrates after hitting a double during a game against the New York Mets at Sun Life Stadium on July 23, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
With the game tied up at four in the bottom of the eighth, Buck collected his first pinch-hit RBI, giving the Marlins the lead, and ultimately, the series win.
On a miserably hot afternoon, both teams scored in the first inning. Jose Reyes and Josh Turner singled to open the game, and a sac fly by Carlos Beltran put the Mets on the board. In the bottom of the frame, Emilio Bonifacio and Omar Infante singled back-to-back before a groundout by Hanley Ramirez tied up the game.
In the bottom of the second, the Fish would take a two-run lead off of Dillon Gee. Mike Stanton hit a leadoff homer to center field, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. Next, Brett Hayes singled and moved to second on Sanchy’s sac bunt, and Boni drove him in with a single to center. 3-1, Fish.
Anibal Sanchez settled in somewhat after his shaky first inning, and didn’t allow another run to the Mets until the sixth. David Wright and Daniel Murphy singled to start the inning, and after Ani got one out, Jason Bay singled in New York’s second run of the game.
Anibal’s start still would have been considered a pretty solid one, but with two outs in the seventh inning, he gave up a two run bomb to David Wright, putting the Mets back on top, 4-3.
The Marlins ‘pen took over in the eighth, and Steve Cishek and Randy Choate worked a scoreless inning before Logan Morrison tied up the game for the Marlins in the bottom of the inning. He hit a solo homer to deep center off of reliever Bobby Parnell, making it 4-4. Mike Stanton followed the dinger with a single, and would score the winning run on Buck’s RBI double.
To the surprise and delight of Fish fans, Leo Nunez didn’t bring his traditional drama to the mound, working a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The Marlins took the series from the Mets, and helped to cleanse a bit of the sour taste the Padres left in our mouths this homestand.