Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to 25
games, Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run in his return from the disabled list,
and the Marlins held on for a 4-2 victory over the Mets.
Reyes' only hit came during a four-run fourth inning that was highlighted by
John Buck's two-run double. Stanton, sidelined since undergoing right knee
surgery in early July, added a sacrifice fly and the Marlins' bullpen pitched
the final five innings to preserve the win in the series opener.
Wade LeBlanc, making the start for Miami on his 28th birthday, worked four
scoreless innings before yielding Daniel Murphy's leadoff homer in the fifth.
The reliever turned starter earlier this month was pulled in favor of Chad
Gaudin, who gave up another run in the frame on Andres Torres' RBI single.
But Gaudin stranded the bases loaded in the frame, and the Mets failed to
record a hit against the combination of Carlos Zambrano (7-9), Michael Dunn,
Heath Bell and Steve Cishek.
Cishek tossed a perfect ninth to notch his seventh save of the season.
Jonathon Niese (8-6) surrendered four runs and eight hits over six innings to
take the loss, New York's eighth straight at home -- the most since the club's
move to Citi Field in 2009.
Miami recorded three straight hits to open the fourth inning, the last a run-
scoring base hit by Carlos Lee. Reyes, who beat out a dribbler down the first-
base line, scored on Stanton's sac fly before Buck capped the frame by slicing
one into the right-field corner to bring in a pair.
Reyes' hit streak is a career high and the longest in the majors this
year...Lee has hit safely in 12 straight games...Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada
went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games...The Mets
stranded 11 runners.
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