Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/8/13
The New York Mets rallied back from a three-run deficit — capped off with a two-run walk-off single by Marlon Byrd in the ninth — earning  their second straight comeback win of the season and their first rubber game win of the year. The walk-off victory gave New York consecutive series wins to start the year for the first time since 2006, when the Mets took two of three from the Nationals and then swept the Marlins in a two-game series at home. The walk-off victory was the clubs first of the season.  New York had six walk-off wins and 13 last at-bat wins, as well as 23 come-from-behind victories in 2012.   AARON LAFFEY: With Shaun Marcum starting the year on the disabled list, the New York Mets called upon Aaron Laffey as the clubs fifth starter.  Unlike the four starters before him Laffey did not make it out of the fifth inning, allowing three runs on ten hits and three walks while striking out five. The 27-year-old right-hander worked his way in and out of trouble in both the first and second innings.  With runners on first and second and two-outs, Laffey struck out Justin Ruggiano on four pitches to end the first.  Then again in the second, with two-on and two-out,  he struck out Juan Pierre.  Laffey allowed seven hits and one earned run over the first three frames, but his biggest rough patch came in the fourth.  After a walk and an RBI double opened the frame, Marlins starter, Jose Fernandez laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner.  Laffey induced Juan Pierre to ground out to second and when it seemed as if he would escape the inning with no further damage done, Donovan Solano doubled to left, plating the innings second run.  Laffey’s night was cut short in the top of the fifth after allowing the first two batters to reach base. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) “Regardless of the hits and the short outing, it was nice to get stretched out,” Laffey told reporters following the game. “I mean, that’s the first time, I think, I’ve thrown over 80 pitches since last year. … I’m a contact guy, so hits are going to happen. Not necessarily that many hits. Getting out here today, having a little bit of time off with the travel and stuff, I definitely felt that a little bit physically. No excuses. It’s one of those things you’ve got to fight through, and you’ve got to throw the ball down regardless of whether you’re tired or not.” According to Mets manager Terry Collins, Laffey pitched well enough to earn one more start; though it is unclear when that will be. “Obviously, he hasn’t thrown a lot. Dan [Warthen] said before the game, ‘Look, we’ve got to be careful after 85 pitches. He hasn’t pitched that much.’ He had some issues in spring training where he didn’t get to throw like we wanted him to.  He made some big pitches when he had to make them. You look up in the second inning, and they’ve got five or six hits already and no runs. So he made the quality pitches when he had to make them and kept us in the game and got us [into] the fifth. He’ll be back out there when we need him. I’m not sure we need him in the next five days, but he’ll be back out there.” Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: Down by two, the Mets got things started when Ruben Tejada reached base with a hit-by-pitch.  The next batter, pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis, delivered a single to left.   Taking advantage of Marlins left-fielder Juan Pierre’s weak arm, Tejada made an aggressive decision to head for third. “He don’t have a great arm,” Tejada said of Pierre. “That’s why I took the chance.” With Tejada racing for third, Nieuwenhuis instinctively ran to second as the potential winning run. #bbpBox_321001609863766017 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_321001609863766017 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } Heads up base running by newy to trail Tejada and get to second base. Now time to cash in!!! about 8 hours ago via txtReplyRetweetFavorite @VinnyCartiglia vinny cartiglia Manager Terry Collins, who has been preaching aggressive play all spring, would be rewarded just one batter later.  With the in-field in, Marlon Byrd ripped a single down the left-field line, plating both runners and giving the Mets their first walk-off victory of the season. “You come in the game. You want to help right away,” Byrd said following the game. “It was nice to finally come through in the end.” The two-run single was Byrd’s lone hit of the game.  Byrd is now hitting .278 on the year with four runs batted in. #imwith28: Dianel Murphy pulled the Mets to within one-run with a lead-off, solo-shot in the sixth.  The home run was Murphy’s second of the season and his third straight game with an extra-base hit.  The second baseman has also driven in five runs over that span. #bbpBox_320980754693754880 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_320980754693754880 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } RT @AdamRubinESPN: Daniel Murphy’s 2nd homer last season didn’t come until June 27, in a two-homer game at Wrigley Field. about 10 hours ago via txtReplyRetweetFavorite @VinnyCartiglia vinny cartiglia Murphy finished the contest 2-for-4 lifting his season average to .278 in the process. WHAT A RELIEF:   Four New York Mets relievers combined to toss 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief on Sunday afternoon, allowing three hits while striking out five. Relieving starter, Aaron Laffey, Greg Burke entered the game with two-on and one-out in the top half of the fifth inning.  Burke allowed a single to load the bases, before settling down to strike out the next two batters he faced, stranding the bases full of Marlins. Trailing 3-2 to start the seventh Josh Edgin relieved Burke to face left handed hitting, Greg Dobbs.  The lefty reliever walked Dobbs on five-pitches before educing Justin Ruggiano to fly-out to right. Facing his second lefty of the inning, Rob Brantly, Edgin fell behind in the count 2-1, but got Brantly lift the fourth pitch of the at-bat into left-field for what should have been the innings second out.  The should-by fly out landed just past the outstretched arm of Lucas Duda — who took a bad route to the ball — bouncing over the wall for a ground rule double.  Manager Terry Collins called upon right-handed reliever, Scott Atchison to relieve Edgin.  Atchinson made quick work of Adeiny Hechavarria before striking out Chris Valaika to end the inning and the Miami threat. Said Greg Burk after the game: “Fantastic job, everybody through and through. We picked each other up.” ROAD TRIP: New York will hit the road for their first road trip of the season, traveling to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia where they will send Matt Harvey to the mound to face Roy Hallday at 7:05 p.m.
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