Hero of the Game: Justin Ruggiano (0.327 WPA)
Goat of the Game: A.J. Ramos (-0.419 WPA)
Play of the Game: Jordany Valdespin homered in the sixth inning. Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis scored. (-0.439 WPA)
The Miami Marlins appeared well on their way to a victory, having taken a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the game and held a 4-1 lead as late as the sixth inning. The Marlins' offense was looking good against an overwhelmed New York Mets starter Dillon Gee, who ended up going five innings and giving up four runs on nine hits with only one strikeout. In the first inning, the Fish jumped out to the early lead thanks to Gee's only two walks of the game, to Juan Pierre and Greg Dobbs. Justin Ruggiano singled to score Pierre and, two batters later, Chris Valaika double do drive in Dobbs and Ruggiano to give the Fish the early edge.
But the New York Mets stayed close enough in the middle innings against Wade LeBlanc and, more importantly, the Marlins' bullpen. LeBlanc struck out four and walked none, but also gave up a solo home run to David Wright and ended up responsible for two of the three runs that scored off of reliever A.J. Ramos when Ramos gave up the pinch-hit, three-run home run to Jordany Valdespin in the sixth inning. The Mets expanded the lead in the seventh inning, and it became too much of a climb for a Marlins comeback.
The Marlins fail to make some late-inning magic again, but they still take the series against the Mets and will now head to Philadelphia for a four-game set against the Phillies starting tomorrow night.