Gee pitches Mets past Marlins 5-1 for DH sweep
Gee rebounded from a wretched start and the New York Mets, back on the field following a two-day break because of Hurricane Irene, finished off a doubleheader sweep of Florida with a 5-1 victory Monday night.
“I didn’t know what to expect tonight, really,” Gee said. “Maybe it was a blessing in disguise to have those two days off. I was kind of relaxing and did nothing. Maybe that’s what I need at this point.”
Dickey shut down the sluggish Marlins in the opener, pitching seven spotless innings in a 2-1 victory for his first win in more than a month.
Mets starters had tossed 25 consecutive scoreless innings before Gee (12-5) gave up a home run to Greg Dobbs(notes) in the sixth. All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes(notes) scored a run and committed an error in his return from the disabled list.
“He’s the catalyst on this club, make no mistake. When he gets on, things happen,” manager Terry Collins said. “Actually, I thought at home plate he looked a little uncomfortable tonight, but I know he was very excited about being back, and that will come with time. It may take him a few days to get his legs comfortable, which is fine. It’s just great to see him back.”
In the ninth inning of the opener, a boy in the stands was hit in the face when Dobbs hooked a foul line drive into the right-field seats, just beyond the New York dugout. Stadium medical workers immediately tended to the boy, who was bleeding heavily. Accompanied by his mother, he was carted away in a wheelchair after the game and taken to an ambulance.
Following the final out, Mets second baseman Justin Turner(notes) went to wait for the boy by the railing. Turner took off his jersey and handed it over as a souvenir. Dobbs gave the boy a bat, and Collins also stopped by the scary scene.
After the nightcap, Dobbs said he was informed by Mets vice president of security Rob Kasdon that the boy was expected to be OK. Dobbs said the youngster had a deep cut on his nose, but no breaks to his nose or orbital bones.
Dobbs said he was told the boy’s eyesight was not damaged, and he planned to call the child’s mother to check on him.
“I didn’t see it. I saw the aftermath. It’s just disturbing. You don’t want anybody getting hurt from something that you’ve done,” Dobbs said. “I’ve got two kids of my own. I’d never want that to happen to either of my children. So it’s a tough thing.”
In the second game, Ruben Tejada(notes) scored twice and hit his first career triple off Ricky Nolasco(notes) (9-10). David Wright(notes) drove in two and the Mets got two-out RBI singles from Angel Pagan(notes) and Willie Harris(notes) in the sixth.
New York has won four straight following a 2-11 skid.
Gee went six innings, striking out six to become the first Mets rookie to win 12 games since Ron Darling in 1984. It was quite a turnaround from his previous outing, when the normally poised right-hander gave up a career-high eight runs, seven hits and six walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-0 rout at Philadelphia.
It was New York’s first doubleheader sweep of the Marlins and first overall since April 27, 2010, against the Dodgers. The Mets were swept in their two previous twinbills this season, by Colorado and Atlanta in April.
Both teams were playing for the first time since Friday because of Hurricane Irene, which battered the East Coast over the weekend. The Marlins rode out the storm in Philadelphia, then bused up to New York on Sunday night.
Dickey (6-11) lost power at his Long Island home during the storm, but was steady on the mound all afternoon. Floating a few 60 mph knuckleballs at the Marlins, he scattered seven hits and walked one while striking out six in his first win since July 25.
“It’s not the metrics that’s the measurement. If there’s a win or a loss by my name, it has to do with the team who gets the win. That’s what I try to focus on more than anything,” Dickey said. “It felt like a long time, but I didn’t know the exact date.”
It was Dickey’s seventh consecutive quality start, the best such streak of his career. Hampered by a lack of offensive support, however, he was 0-3 in his previous five outings.
“It’s unacceptable. He’s too good a pitcher to be messing around like that,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “Somewhere along the line you’ve got to have some concentration. Close them out.”
The last-place Marlins are 4-19 since a three-game winning streak that culminated with two victories at Citi Field in early August.
“I’ve never been this frustrated,” Nolasco said. “We just never catch any breaks.”
Only a few thousand fans were scattered throughout the stands for the start of the first game, a makeup of an Aug. 3 rainout and the opener of a five-game series. But with Hurricane Irene having already swept through the area, the sky was blue and clear on a beautiful, 76-degree day.
The field appeared to be in fine shape, too, although the grounds crew manicured the mound before Dickey warmed up in the fourth.
“We had a tough time with him,” McKeon said. “They probably were trying to see the soft stuff and hit it out of the ballpark. It doesn’t work that way.”
NOTES: Dickey will start again Friday on three days’ rest. … At the Mets’ request, the Marlins agreed to move up the start time for their Sept. 7 game in Miami two hours to 5:10 p.m. The following day, New York has a doubleheader at home against Atlanta beginning at 4:10 p.m. to make up the two games postponed this past weekend by Hurricane Irene. … New York needs a spot starter Wednesday or Thursday. It is likely to be RHP Miguel Batista(notes), Collins said. … Turner was among several Mets ordered to evacuate their homes who rode out the storm at Isringhausen’s place on Long Island. “We ate good,” the rookie said.