Hero Of The Game: Justin Ruggiano (.047 WPA)
Goat Of The Game: Mark Buehrle (-.320 WPA)
Play Of The Game: With the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning, Jason Bay hit a grand slam off of Mark Buehrle to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
After being shut down by Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey on Friday night, and losing a ninth inning lead because of a Steve Cishek blown save on Saturday, Miami's offense had a hard time scoring against Mets starter Chris Young, as the Marlins fell to the Mets 5-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Mark Buehrle, trying to win his 13th game of the season, had trouble shutting down the Mets in the first inning, partly because of the Marlins' defense. Ronny Cedeno led off the inning with a double, and Justin Turner doubled on a ball that was misplayed by Giancarlo Stanton. David Wright hit a ground ball that allowed Cedeno to score, and three batters later, Jason Bay, who had four hits with runners in scoring position all season entering Sunday's game, hit a two-out opposite field grand slam off of Buehrle to give the Mets an early five run advantage.
Miami had a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the first, as they had runners on first and third with one out against Young. However, Giancarlo Stanton, hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time in several months, struck out and Carlos Lee hit a deep fly ball to end the inning.
Offensively, the Marlins were able to score their first run of the game off of Young, who Miami scored seven runs against in early August, in the fifth. Rob Brantly led off the inning with a walk, and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Buehrle. After Young got Bryan Petersen to fly out, Justin Ruggiano doubled down the left field line to make it a 5-1 game.
Though he allowed seven batters to reach base in the first inning, Buehrle eventually settled in and was able to complete seven innings. In his seven innings, Buehrle gave up six hits and five runs while walking a batter and striking out three. From the second inning to the seventh, Buehrle only allowed three Mets to reach base.
In addition to not allowing the Mets to increase their lead, Buehrle made a great defensive play in the seventh. With Andres Torres on second and one out, Zach Lutz hit a line drive that Buehrle caught after falling off of the mound, and then threw the ball to Jose Reyes, who beat Torres back to the bag by a step for a double play.
Ryan Webb and Carlos Zambrano each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, but the Marlins' offense was unable to rally against Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, or Jon Rauch. The Marlins' struggles with runners in scoring position continued, as the Ruggiano double was the lone hit with a runner on second or third base in seven at-bats for Miami.
Frank Francisco shut the Marlins down in the ninth for the second consecutive day, as New York swept the three game series from the Marlins.
The Marlins will look to bounce back on Monday afternoon, as they begin a four game series with the Brewers. Ricky Nolasco will get the start for the Marlins.