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NEW YORK -- A night after New York Mets manager Terry Collins implied his team quit, he said he was wrong to think so, and his team showed a little more life while picking up a rare win at Citi Field.

The Mets scored five runs in the first two innings -- more than they had scored at home in a single game in more than a month -- and went on to a 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

Scott Hairston homered, tripled and drove in three runs and Ike Davis later followed with his own homer for the Mets, who won just their fifth game at home since the All-Star break.

Jon Niese (12-9) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and two relievers shut out the Marlins the rest of the way.

Rookie Jacobs Turner (1-3) gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings. Donovan Solano had two hits and two RBI for the Marlins, also got an RBI single from Austin Kearns.

Whether the Mets were affected by Collins' ploy is uncertain, but they started off strong as Davis drove in a run with a single and Hairston followed with a two-run homer to left.

They added two more in the second for a 5-0 lead, giving them the most runs they'd scored in a game at Citi Field since their last win there, 6-5 over the Braves on Aug. 12.

But the concept of questioning the Mets' effort was quickly brought up again when Collins pulled Lucas Duda after the third on what the Mets announced as a "manager's decision." Duda had hit a blooper into shallow left that appeared set to be caught, but it fell in. The ball had hung high enough in the air to likely allow Duda to take second, but he only reached first.

The Marlins' own woes helped the Mets in the fifth as their sloppy play helped New York take a 6-1 lead.

Daniel Murphy reached on a passed ball on a strikeout and was able to avoid an inning-ending double play after moving to second on a grounder. Former Met Jose Reyes appeared to lose track of the outs when he caught Davis' liner at shortstop and could have easily doubled off Murphy at second. But Reyes froze, allowing Murphy to return to third.

Hairston then hit a sinking liner into left field, where Justin Ruggiano dived awkwardly with the ball still well in front of him. Hairston raced around for a triple and a 6-1 lead while Ruggiano left the game with an injury.

Collins said before the game he thought his team continued to play hard, despite telling reporters they would have to ask the players if they quit following Thursday's 16-1 loss to the Phillies. When asked what he thought at that time, Collins said he had an opinion but didn't want to "express it publicly."

Friday, Collins told reporters in his pregame press conference he had addressed each one of his players and said it was wrong to say they had given up.

He said his comments Thursday were meant as a motivational tool.

"I don't want to ever challenge anybody's integrity," Collins said Friday. "That's wrong. My players are professionals and they didn't get here without being guys that played their hearts out all the time.

"Sometimes you say, 'What can I say to make them mad enough to say, 'I'll show that little ...,' " he added. "So that was the way I tried to approach it last night and I don't ever do that, so I did it the wrong way."

Notes: Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia will start Monday's game against the Pirates to start the four-game series that will close out the Citi Field season. ... Rookie left-hander Josh Edgin was shut down for the season because he appeared in 25 more games this year than he did last year. He leaves with the unpleasant memory of allowing ninth-inning home runs to Ryan Howard in his final two appearances, Wednesday and Thursday. ... Ruggiano left with a right shoulder sprain, the Marlins announced during the game.

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