Marlins top Mets, gain ground on Phils
Johnson had a pair of two-run singles Thursday night and the Florida
“That just tells you what kind of gamer he is,”
Since returning from a right hamstring strain on Sept. 3, Johnson has at least one hit in each of his six games and has driven in nine runs despite noticeably struggling on the bases.
“It’s been a while for me but this is what it’s all about,” Johnson said about being in a playoff race. “I’m not pushing it. Even though I’m feeling better out there I’m just trying to keep the speed and go from first to third at that speed, do the treatment and try to stay out there.”
Florida has enjoyed its September trips to New York the last couple years. Spoilers in 2007 and ’08, the
“It’s a fun part of the year if you’re doing it,”
Johnson delivered in the seventh and eighth as the
Playing in front of a Citi Field crowd that was about half the announced attendance of 37,620, the
“Every time I have a meeting we seem to play that way so I guess we won’t have anymore meetings,” manager Jerry Manuel said.
“I haven’t been as consistent as I wanted to be,” said Parnell, who walked five. “To come out in the first inning and not throw strikes is aggravating.”
Ross added an RBI single for a 3-0 lead on a fly to shallow center that appeared to be catchable. He also had an RBI double in the fifth.
“One of these days, I’ll stick around for seven (innings),” West said. “It’s all about the Ws. I’m not worried about my performance.”
Pagan turned a routine flyout into an inning-ending double play in the seventh. Castillo spun around aimlessly looking for a ball at his feet after diving for Uggla’s grounder in the eighth, aiding a three-run inning.
Each team struck out 10 times. …