Mets 5, Marlins 1

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MIAMI -- Jason Bay's first-inning grand slam gave the New York Mets the spark they needed to complete a three-game sweep over the Miami Marlins with a 5-1 win on Sunday.
It was the Mets' third straight series win but their first sweep since they took three from the Orioles June 18-20 in New York. The Mets also swept the Marlins in April, but they had not accomplished that feat in Miami since 2007.
Chris Young (4-7) got the win, allowing just five hits, one walk and one run. But he needed 94 pitches to get through five innings and was replaced at that point.
The Mets' bullpen continued its strong string of recent performances. On Sunday, they allowed no runs in four innings. Over the past 22 1/3 innings, Mets relievers have allowed just one run.
Mets shortstop Ronny Cedeno and second baseman Justin Turner, playing in place of resting regulars Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy, started the first inning with consecutive doubles, putting runners on second and third.
Cedeno failed to score on Turner's hit because he thought Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was going to catch the ball. While Cedeno waited to tag up on the play, Stanton over-ran the ball, and it fell just inside the right-field line.
Cedeno then scored on a David Wright groundout, and after Scott Hairston popped out, the Mets loaded the bases on an Ike Davis walk and a Kelly Stoppach hit-by-pitch.
That set the stage for the slumping Bay, who hadn't started a game since Aug. 25 and hadn't had an extra-base hit since he homered on Aug. 16.
Bay drove a 1-0 pitch the opposite way for his grand slam to right-center field, giving the Mets a quick 5-0 lead.
But even after his slam, Bay was hitting just .157 with seven homers and 18 RBI.
Meanwhile, Marlins center fielder Justin Ruggiano spoiled Young's scoreless streak by pulling a fifth-inning pitch down the third-baseline for a run-scoring double. That scored rookie catcher Rob Brantly, who had walked, to make it 5-1.
NOTES: The Marlins recalled left-hander Dan Jennings and right-hander Tom Koehler from Class AAA New Orleans. Jennings, a reliever, had a 1-3 record and a 3.14 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. Koehler, who made 27 starts in 28appearances, was 12-11 with a 4.17 ERA. ... Bay's grand slam was the fifth of his career and his first since last year. ... The Mets' bullpen had its scoreless streak of 16 1/3 innings snapped Saturday. Still, the relievers ended the game with just one earned run allowed in the past 18 1/3 innings, a 0.49 ERA.

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