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Game 78: Mets vs. Marlins/Reyes scratched

12:21 p.m.: K-Rod allows two runners in the ninth, but strands the tying run at third base when he strikes out Brian Barden.

11:53 p.m.: K-Rod needs one pitch to strand two runners in the eighth. Wes Helms flies out to center.

11:51 p.m.: Francisco Rodriguez on for a four-out save. He faces Wes Helms, pinch hitting for Jorge Cantu, with the Mets leading 6-5 and Marlins runners on first and second base in the eighth.

11:48 p.m.: Bobby Parnell allows a run-scoring double in the eighth, in his second inning of work, with two out as the Marlins pull within 6-5.

11:16 p.m.: Jason Bay RBI single in the seventh after the Marlins' fourth error of the game makes it 6-4.

10:42 p.m.: Josh Thole produces a key pinch-hit single for the second straight game. This time, he bats with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and deposits a ball into center field as Jason Bay scores and the Mets take a 7-6 lead. The previous night, his pinch-hit single in the ninth tied the score.

10:31 p.m.: Elmer Dessens retires Mike Lamb on a comebacker. It's 4-4 heading to the fifth. Mike Pelfrey's line: 4 2/3 IP, 12 H (career high), 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 108 pitches (73 strikes).

10:26 p.m.: Jerry Manuel will pull Mike Pelfrey with two out in the fifth and runners on the corners, once Mike Lamb is announced as a pinch hitter for Chris Volstad. Elmer Dessens enters.

10:19 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey surrenders two fifth-inning runs, on RBI hits by Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla, as the Marlins tie the score at 4.

9:15 p.m.: Alex Cora's heady slide around Dan Uggla at second base, hesitating then reaching around to touch the base, allows him to lead off the second inning with a double. He scores two batters later, when Jesus Feliciano singles for his second hit. Mets pulled ahead, 4-2, on getaway day, which began with an 80-minute rain delay, then featured a 38-minute first inning.

9:03 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey allows a leadoff double to Chris Coghlan in the first, and he eventually scores on a one-out single by Hanley Ramirez. Pelfrey catches a break, though, when third base ump Adrian Johnson appears to incorrectly rule that Jorge Cantu's line drive to left field is foul. Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez argues to no avail, and Cantu ultimately strikes out. Ramirez did swipe second, though, and scores on Dan Uggla's two-out single to make it Mets 3, Marlins 2.

8:37 p.m.: Four straight batters reach to open game. Ike Davis RBI single to center. Mets 3, Marlins 0.

8:34 p.m.: After first baseman Gaby Sanchez dropped a throw from shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Ruben Tejada is safe at first. With two runners on board, David Wright crushes a ball off the top of the wall in center field for a two-run double. Jesus Feliciano and Tejada may not be Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan, both out of the lineup, but it's 2-0 Mets nonetheless.

8:31 p.m.: And we're under way, after Bernie Williams playing both national anthems on a guitar. Jesus Feliciano, who moved to the leadoff spot with Jose Reyes scratched, opens the game with a double to the left-field corner off Chris Volstad.

BREAKING NEWS: Jose Reyes has been scratched with a stiff lower back, which the Mets speculated was the result of playing two games on the artificial turf. A team spokesman said Reyes pleaded for 10 minutes in Jerry Manuel's office to play, but the manager did not want to take a chance in the wet conditions. Read more here.

The game is now due to begin at 7:15 p.m. Tarp is coming off the field after a pregame shower. ... Actually, rain has resumed, and tarp stays put. ... 8:30 first pitch, allegedly

7:10 p.m.: Updated Lineups:

Mets

Jose Reyes, SS Jesus Feliciano, CF

Jesus Feliciano, CF Ruben Tejada, SS

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jason Bay, LF

Chris Carter, RF

Rod Barajas, C

Alex Cora, 2B

Mike Pelfrey, RHP

Marlins

Chris Coghlan, LF

Gaby Sanchez, 1B

Hanley Ramirez, SS

Jorge Cantu, 3B

Dan Uggla, 2B

Cody Ross, CF

Ronny Paulino, C

Mike Stanton, RF

Chris Volstad, RHP