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Miguel Batista backed by Mets in 7-5 victory over Florida

The New York Mets (66-69) backed spot-starter Miguel Batista (W, 4-2) to his first victory in the Orange and Blue, as the Metropolitans defeated the Florida Marlins (60-76) by a final of 7-5 on Thursday night.

Batista earned his 100 victory of his career tonight, tossing six innings, giving up six hits, striking out three batters and giving up only two runs. The victory for the righty was his first since May 24 of this season at San Diego, while he was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

“They key for Batista I felt was that he settled down and calmed his nerves,” said Mets manager Terry Collins after the game. “He has a good arm, and I was very impressed with him tonight. He has been around for 17 years and he doesn’t get rattled. I really liked the movement on his pitches tonight and was very impressed with him.”

Batista had this to say of the night, “I was a little anxious to start the game, and get it going. I was working on my fastball today-it took me a little while to get it down and get it to sink over the plate.” On being able to reach the 100 win plateau, “It means a lot to me, I am really proud of my career.”

For the Mets, the teams itself reached a milestone as with this victory against the Marlins, the club was able to record the 3,800 win tonight.

Things didn’t go so well for Batista, as he gave up two early runs in the beginning of the game. The veteran then settled down using his off speed pitches and his sliders to blank the Marlins for four innings.  The Mets pen took it from there as a combined four pitchers eventually closed out the victory.

New York rallied for the second consecutive night, earning their 27th come-from-behind victory in the year. The Mets won for the sixth time in seven games, including five of six at Citi Field.

The Mets struck for four runs in the third inning as Lucas Duda drew a bases-loaded walk, to cut the Marlins lead to 2-1. Mets third baseman David Wright laced an RBI, along with an errant play, and a passed ball gave New York the 4-2 lead.

New York then used a three-run bottom of the eighth, to provide themselves with key insurance runs. The Mets were able to find key hits in that frame from Duda, Angel Pagan-who hustled out a bunt and forced an errant throw, and catcher Mike Nickeas.

Nickeas didn’t start the game, filling in for regular starter Josh Thole…who left the game in the top of the second inning. Thole was plunked in the wrist with a foul ball, and was diagnosed with a contusion. The Mets catcher will be revaluated tomorrow at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

“I am going to get an MRI tomorrow, but it is getting better,” Thole said of his ailing wrist. “We will have to see how it feels tomorrow.” The Mets catcher continued to say on the pain he felt, “It is pretty painful, I dislocated my thumb in 2009, and this definitely hurt worse.”

On when he may return, Thole said, “If everything is okay and I feel good I will try to start in the game tomorrow. I will give myself a chance, but we will see how it goes tomorrow.”

Also hurting after the game was Mets infielder Ruben Tejada, who became the 21st player to be hit twice in one game this season. Tejada was plunked in the third and eighth inning. The infielder did make his impact felt before leaving the game-recoding a double (12) in the first inning, and tying his season-high in runs scored (2) in the game.

“Right now I am in pain, but I am hoping by tomorrow I will hopefully feel better,” Tejada said of his ailments.

The Mets will now hit the road, to take on the Washington Nationals for a three-game set starting on Friday. Game One will feature knuckle ball specialist R.A. Dickey (6-11, 3.57 ERA) taking on Ross Detwiler (2-4, 2.86 ERA). With the first pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m.

The original story was posted on the Examiner.com site on September 1, 2011 and can be found by clicking here:
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