Josh Johnson hit by liner as Marlins edge Mets in 11

NEW YORK -- The bat belonged to Josh Johnson. The helmet to

Brian Sanches.

The eventual game-winning hit belonged to Burke Badenhop, and

don't think for a moment that he's going to let anybody take it

away from him.

The Marlins' reliever delivered his second career hit at the

most opportune time Monday night, driving in Mike Stanton with two

outs in the 11th inning to give Florida a come-from-behind 2-1 win

over the New York Mets.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez still had infielder Osvaldo Martinez

available to pinch hit, but he couldn't lift Badenhop because

closer Leo Nunez was the last available arm in his bullpen. So he

put Martinez on the on-deck circle as a decoy and told Badenhop,

"Go get your RBI."

He did just that, sending a pitch from Ryota Igarashi (2-1) into

shallow center.

"They thought it was my first hit," Badenhop said, before

recalling his only other hit in vivid detail, a blooper against the

Atlanta Braves way back on June 3, 2008.

This one was a bit more memorable.

"Everybody was telling me he's a good hitter," Rodriguez said,

wearing a broad smile. "I think they were trying to convince me."

Badenhop (1-0) even picked up the win after escaping a two-on,

two-out jam in the 10th.

Nunez pitched the bottom half of the 11th for his 15th save,

despite allowing a two-out triple to relief pitcher Jonathon Niese -- who was pinch hitting only because Mets manager Terry Collins had

already exhausted all of his available position players.

"Uncomfortable, from start to finish," Collins said of the

game. "We had a lot of things in our advantage and we couldn't

capitalize on them."

The game was played through a thick, soupy mist that delayed the

start by more than an hour and provided a perfect metaphor for the

way the rest of the Mets' day went.

David Wright had an MRI exam that revealed a stress fracture in

his lower back, although the team isn't sure whether their star

third baseman will go on the disabled list. Top prospect Jenrry Mejia had Tommy John surgery, and starting pitcher Chris Young had

shoulder surgery. They even had a minor leaguer suspended for 50

games after testing positive for a banned substance.

Things appeared to be going better for the Mets once the game


They took a 1-0 lead off Johnson in the fourth inning, when

David Murphy singled through the right side of the infield and

advanced to second on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a

double by Justin Turner into the gap in right field.

New York had another chance to score in the fifth, when Jose

Reyes singled and Carlos Beltran lined a shot back at the pitcher

that Johnson tried to knock down. The ball ricocheted off his

forearm toward the left side of the infield for a hit, and the

Marlins training staff came out to check on their ace. He got

through the rest of the inning before he was lifted.

"It just got tight there," said Johnson, who doesn't think the

bruised forearm will force him to miss any starts. "Just see how

it reacts the next couple days."

Both starting pitchers got some help from their defense.

Willie Harris, starting in place of Wright at third base, laid

out to stab John Buck's liner with two on and two out in the

fourth. Then in the fifth, Beltran made a sliding grab of Chris Coghlan's sinking flyball and alertly doubled Omar Infante off

second to end the inning.

Logan Morrison sent a pitch screaming to the deepest part of the

park with one out in the sixth, but center fielder Jason Pridie had

enough room to make the catch against the wall.

There wasn't enough room in any park to hold Stanton's shot off

Mike Pelfrey in the seventh. The ball landed on the black tarp in

center field above and to the right of the home run apple, one of

the longest home runs hit in the 2-plus-year history of Citi Field.

"I was ready for a fastball and turned on it," Stanton said


The Marlins had a chance to go ahead in the ninth against

Francisco Rodriguez, putting runners on first and second with two

outs. Hanley Ramirez grounded out to end the inning.

New York had its chance in the bottom half, loading the bases

against Ryan Webb. Collins decided to pinch hit for Harris with

Chin-lung Hu, who grounded out against Randy Choate to end the

inning. Hu is just 1 for 20 with a single RBI this season.

The Mets had another chance with runners on first and second in

the 10th. Turner ripped a grounder up the middle that Ramirez

muffed, but the ball bounced right to Infante, who stepped on

second base before firing to first for the fortunate inning-ending

double play.

"A night like that, anything can happen," Rodriguez said,

still smiling. "And it did."

Game notes

Young had surgery to repair a tear of the anterior

capsule of his right shoulder. ... Ramirez went 0 for 6 and left

seven on base while batting second for the first time since 2006.

... After the game, the Mets sent Hu and Igarashi to Triple-A

Buffalo and recalled SS Ruben Tejada. They also activated RHP Pedro

Beato (right elbow tendinitis) from the DL.