Bullpen falters as Marlins lose to Mets 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013
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MIAMI (AP) — Marlins manager Mike Redmond decided to pull starter Jacob Turner in the seventh inning with Miami holding a 5-3 lead.

The move proved costly.

Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos (3-4) struggled in relief, combining to allow three runs in the pivotal inning, and the Marlins lost 6-5 to the New York Mets on Monday night.

"Obviously, in my mind I drew it up totally differently," Redmond said. "Dunn has been so good. As good as (the bullpen) has been they're going to have some hiccups."

Turner was in line for the win when he was pulled after 6 1-3 innings.

"I thought Jacob Turner had to grind from the start," Redmond said. "It wasn't one of his best but at the same time you learn a lot about yourself when you don't have your best stuff. He was still able to pitch deep in the game. He battled. He gave us a chance."

Bobby Parnell, New York's fifth pitcher, allowed a pinch-hit single to Greg Dobbs with one out in the ninth, and pinch-runner Juan Pierre stole second with two outs. Christian Yelich walked and Pierre advanced to third on defensive indifference, setting it up for Stanton, who grounded out to first to end the game.

"At the end of the day we brought our best hitter with first and third in the ninth," Redmond said. "We gave ourselves a chance. We were one big hit away from winning it. We were one hit away from playing extra innings."

After Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd had run-scoring singles, Ike Davis hit a go-ahead RBI double to score Byrd from first base and give the Mets a 6-5 lead.

"I'm seeing the ball well," Davis said. "I was just looking for something out over the dish to be able to hit hard somewhere."

Byrd's slid home safely just underneath the tag of catcher Jeff Mathis.

"You're hoping your safe," Byrd said. "If you see the replay, (home plate umpire) Andy (Fletcher) is right there on top of the call so he saw everything. He had a great view and I was just glad he called me safe."

The run capped a three-run inning for the Mets, who also got RBI singles from Daniel Murphy and Byrd to overcome a 5-3 deficit after leading 3-0.

"It energized us a lot," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It brought us out of a huge hole and I think it's a great step forward. We may look up in two weeks and point to this game as we looked to the Cubs game as a big turning point."

The win snapped New York's five-game losing streak against the Marlins and a three-game slide overall.