Marlins' Game 2 output limited to solo homer

Marlins' Game 2 output limited to solo homer

Marlins' Game 2 output limited to solo homer
NEW YORK -- A Marlins offense looking for some punch did receive a solo home run from Greg Dobbs on Monday night.

Unfortunately for Florida, it was the only production the team received.

David Wright hit a double and collected two RBIs, while Dillon Gee allowed one run in six innings, as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 5-1, in front of 29,335 at Citi Field.

The Mets completed a doubleheader sweep on a day the Marlins managed a total of two runs. They were upended, 2-1, in the first game. Their lone run came on Gaby Sanchez's home run in the ninth.

"We hit a lot of hard balls, right at guys," manager Jack McKeon said. "When things aren't going right, that happens. Then when things are going good for you, all things fall into place.

"The pitching wasn't that bad, it kept us in the ballgame. We had opportunities to score. We just couldn't cash in."

After dropping two on Monday, the Marlins fell 26 1/2 games back of the first-place Phillies in the National League East. In the Wild Card standings, they are 20 back of the Braves.

The fact that they are 59-74 overall baffles Ricky Nolasco (9-10), who allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"That's what it is. You've got to live with it," Nolasco said. "All we can do is keep fighting and making it change. That's the only thing we can do. It's easier said than done when everything snowballs like this.

"I still believe in my teammates, and every day, all 25 of us are leaving everything we have on the field. It's not working out. The effort and work is not in question. It's just not going our way."

The Marlins got on the board in the sixth on Dobbs' one-out home run, which made it 1-1.

But the score didn't remain the same very long, as New York responded with two runs, benefiting from three straight two-out singles to open a 3-1 advantage.

Angel Pagan's two-out RBI single to left put New York in front. Nick Evans singled and Pagan raced home on Willie Harris' single to center.

It was a hard-luck inning for Nolasco, as Ruben Tejada opened with an infield single, barely beating out a grounder to short. Pagan's single came on a 2-2 pitch, and it was a flare that dropped into short left field.

Wright's two-out RBI double down the right-field line padded New York's lead to 4-1. Jose Reyes singled with one out, and he took second on Nolasco's wild pitch.

For Nolasco, the bottom line didn't reflect the quality of the pitches he often made. The end results, however, weren't good.

Nolasco, like the rest of the team, is clearly feeling the frustration.

"I've never been this frustrated," Nolasco said. "It just seems, from a team standpoint, obviously, we're not getting any breaks.

"It's tough to lose, and I just feel like every time I go out, half of the hits I've given up are the same old story -- they're finding the holes. It's tough, but what are you going to do? You have to continue to make pitches. You try to keep your team in the game as long as you can."

Nolasco lost to the Mets for the first time since April 11, 2009. The right-hander had been 3-0 with a 4.11 ERA in eight starts against them between setbacks.

The game was scoreless until the fourth, when the Mets got on the board on Wright's fielder's-choice grounder that was played into a two-base error.

Tejada tripled to open the fourth.

The Marlins played their infield deep, conceding the run. Wright tapped a grounder to Dobbs at third. Dobbs made a wild throw to first, allowing Wright to take second base. The run was earned because Florida was conceding the run. But the misplay extended the inning for Nolasco.

A common theme in the doubleheader was not capitalizing on chances.

Three times in the first five innings the Marlins stranded a runner in scoring position. In the fifth inning, Brett Hayes doubled to open the inning, and he didn't reach third.

In the seventh inning, the Marlins again mounted a potential rally, but didn't get any runs. They also received a scare.

After Logan Morrison drew a two-out walk, Manny Acosta entered and ran a 3-1 count on Mike Stanton. Ball four plunked Stanton on the back of his left shoulder, and it nearly struck him on the head.

The 21-year-old dropped to the ground, and after a few seconds, he shook it off and took his base. The inning ended on Dobbs' infield pop to third.

Stanton played the rest of the game, and he's expected to be ready for Tuesday.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.