Mets 12, Marlins 4
MIAMI (AP)—Once the rain ended, so did the New York Mets’ scoring drought.
A rain delay of 1 hour, 22 minutes in the bottom of the first inning seemed to affect the Marlins more than the Mets. New York scored three runs in the second after it hadn’t scored for 19 innings.
“When I saw that big black cloud over the stadium, it looked like it was going to dump on us,” Benson said. “When I came back out I felt good, and obviously the other guys did, too.”
The Mets were shut out in the last two games of their series in Atlanta. They roughed up two pitchers who were called up Wednesday and finished with 14 hits, including six for extra bases.
Reyes leads the majors with seven triples. He also tripled twice on May 18 against Cincinnati.
“The moment I see the ball in the gap I start thinking third base,” Reyes said. “We had two difficult games in Atlanta and it was only a matter of time before we would start producing. What was so important was that everybody contributed to the victory.”
Benson (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings and struck out four. Heath Bell followed and struck out five in two scoreless innings.
“(Benson) stayed pretty loose during the delay,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “I was confident he’d come back out and pitch well.”
Frank Castillo (0-1) took the loss in his first major league start since Sept. 16, 2002, when he pitched for Boston. The 36-year-old Castillo, who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, allowed five runs and four hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked five.
“You work hard to get back, and then to have a game like that is frustrating,” Castillo said.
The Marlins have allowed 31 hits over the last two games. They also walked eight on Thursday.
“It didn’t matter who we put out there tonight,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “They were either going to hit them or we were going to walk them.”
Castillo was lifted after walking two batters in the fifth and was replaced by Yorman Bazardo, who made his major league debut. Bazardo walked Mike Piazza to load the bases and then gave up an RBI single to David Wright.
Doug Mientkiewicz hit what looked like an inning-ending double play, but second baseman Damion Easley, playing in place of Luis Castillo, booted the ball and it went into right field. Two runs scored to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.
“I was nervous,” Bazardo said. “I think I tried too hard.”
Bazardo was sent back to Double-A Carolina after the game to make room for Guillermo Mota, who will be activated off the disabled list effective Friday.
The Mets took a 3-1 lead in the second. Benson drove in Piazza, who singled to open the inning, with a single, and Reyes followed with a two-run triple.
“That two-out single to the pitcher killed us,” Castillo said.
“If I see a first-pitch fastball I start hacking,” he said. “That was a big boost.”
The Marlins tied it in the fourth after loading the bases with two outs. Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run single.
Carlos Delgado hit his eighth home run off Benson in the first inning.
Reyes has hit all of his triples in the last 14 games … Mets CF Carlos Beltran did not start Thursday’s game because of a strained right quad and is still day-to-day … Marlins catcher Paul Lo Duca was a late scratch with a bruised left elbow and was replaced in the lineup by Matt Treanor … The Marlins hosted Bark at the Park on Thursday. Fans were allowed to bring their dogs to sit in four sections in the upper deck. Dog tickets were $6 per pet. There were 1,084 dogs in attendance and proceeds went to the Humane Society.