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The Mets went from raucous Philadelphia to listening to crickets chirping in the stands of Dolphin Stadium. They started the series one up on the Phils. And that’s where they stand now. Here’s what happened.

Friday, Mets 5-4: Thanks, Kevin Gregg

The Mets were one pitch away from losing a sluggish 2-1 game, when Luis Castillo singled up the middle. Then David Wright singled to left. Carlos Delgado was hit in the leg. And Carlos Beltran took the first pitch he saw and deposited it into the right field stands. And just like that the Mets were leading 5-2. Marlins closer Kevin Gregg couldn’t have set himself on fire any faster. But it wasn’t over yet. Luis Ayala recorded a “John Franco save” by allowing two runs of his own and stranding runners on second and third. Yes, you actually get a save for that. Beltran also picked up a sacrifice fly in the first to drive in all five Mets runs. Oliver Perez walked five in six innings of work but again kept the Mets in the game, only giving up one unearned run. The Mets actually made an error (Jose Reyes). In their last 35 games before this one, they only made four errors, which is a major league record. In the ninth, though, Wright made yet another fielding gem, and Daniel Murphy ran down a Jorge Cantu double in the left field corner and threw the ball back in to the infield on the run preventing the tying run from scoring. Pretty good for a third baseman. And finally, we learned that when Marlins starter Chris Volstad (who pitched a great game) was nine he was tutored by Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer. When Aaron Heilman was nine, Doug Sisk tutored him on how to accept being booed off the mound at Shea without it ruining your life.

Saturday, Marlins 4-3: Heilman’d

Heilman’d: To get chance after chance with everyone counting on you, and you always let them down. I don’t want to keep picking on Aaron Heilman because the whole bullpen has been terrible, but he’s the poster boy for the ‘pen’s problems. He’s pitched a lot of games and threw a lot of innings but he’s been bad all season long. In his first five games of the season he let in six runs and it’s been downhill ever since (except for a successful June – but one good month out of five is nothing to brag about). And his ninth inning performance in this game was nothing short of pathetic – walk, wild pitch, intentional walk, intentional walk, walk. Are you kidding me? Duaner Sanchez coughed up a game-tying home run to Mike Jacobs – one more example of how he’s just a shadow of his former self. Who thought we’d be asking this question: Is it possible for Brian Stokes to pitch every relief inning himself? But this was really just another typical loss for the Mets – score early with the offense shutting down the rest of the game, and then the bullpen blows it in the end. Mike Pelfrey finally pitched a good game against the Marlins. And he hit Cody Ross to boot, who acted like he got shot, then, once he had his teammates holding him back, had some words for the 6’7″ Pelfrey. Ross finished the job of making an ass of himself, though, by getting picked off of first.

Sunday, Mets 6-2: It Takes a Village

It took five relievers to get nine outs but they did it. Scott Schoeneweis, Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano, Joe Smith and Brian Stokes pitched the last three innings and didn’t let in a run. They can’t blow every game, can they? Pedro Martinez had trouble early, giving up two runs in the first, but settled in with six strong innings, seven hits, four K’s and one walk. Nick Evans hit his first major league home run. Carlos Beltran (seven RBIs in the series) and David Wright also connected for a tater each. And, surprise, surprise, the team added three insurance runs in the seventh, making everyone’s life easier. The game was capped off with Jose Reyes making a diving catch.

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