National League Game Summary - New York at Florida
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Cameron Maybin's three-run homer was part of a seven-run fifth inning as the Florida Marlins downed the New York Mets, 9-6, in the second portion of a three-game set.
Jorge Cantu went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while Dan Uggla drove in a run and scored twice for the Marlins, who have won three of their last four. Sean West (8-6) got the win as he gave up just three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with two strikeouts over five innings.
The win moves Florida within 4 1/2 games back of Colorado for the NL wild card lead.
Fernando Tatis hit a two-run home run while Carlos Beltran added a solo shot for the Mets, who have lost four of their last five. John Maine (6-6) was clobbered for seven runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
With two outs in the second, the Marlins took the lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Brett Carroll hit a grounder to short, but New York was unable to turn the double play and Cantu crossed the plate. A wild pitch from Maine then scored Uggla for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Mets tied the game on Tatis' two-run homer over the wall in left and took the lead in the fifth on David Wright's RBI double that scored Angel Pagan for a 3-2 advantage.
Florida, though, busted the game wide open in the fifth with a seven-run frame. With runners on first and second and one out, Cantu punched a double to center to score one run and an Uggla single scored Hanley Ramirez. After John Baker struck out, Maybin crushed a pitch into the left field seats.
Elmer Dessens then took the mound and promptly walked Carroll. Brett Hayes delivered a pinch-hit RBI double and then came home on an RBI double from Chris Coghlan for a 9-3 lead.
Beltran hit a solo homer in the eighth to make it a five-run game.
In the ninth, Matt Lindstrom took the mound to close the game and gave up two runs as, with men on second and third, Luis Castillo hit a weak grounder back to the mound that Lindstrom fielded, but his rushed throw went off of Castillo and both runners crossed the plate. Lindstrom, though, then struck out Wright.
Brendan Donnelly then took the mound and struck out Beltran to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.