After dropping two of three to the Yankees last weekend at Shea Stadium and being frustrated in a three-game sweep at Atlanta, the Mets took it out on the poor Marlins Friday, battering veteran Frank Castillo for five runs in 4-1/3 innings en route to a 12-4 win.
Jose Reyes tripled twice – his seventh three-bagger of the year – and collected three RBI, while Mike Cameron went 3-for-5 while driving in another three runs, pacing New York's 14-hit offensive attack.
The victory got the Mets (24-24) back to .500, good for fourth place in the National League East and four games behind the division-leading Marlins and Braves.
|READY TO RETURN?: Victor Diaz has two home runs in eight games at Norfolk since being sent down.|
Diaz – who was sent down to get consistent at-bats after Mike Cameron returned on fire -is hitting just .206 in eight games with the Tides, having slugged two homers and driven in seven runs in 34 at-bats.
Carlos Beltran's right quad has proven balkier than expected and the Mets are basically playing short an outfielder; Kaz Matsui has also been a non-entity since leaving Saturday's game with an aching neck.
WAY TO GO, TIGER: RHP Kris Benson was told before the game that he has been elected to Clemson's athletic Hall of Fame. Benson was 29-8 with a 2.90 ERA in his three-year career at Clemson, winning 15 straight games through one stretch from May 1995 to the end of 1996 and playing on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.
MANUEL INTERVIEWS: Mets first base coach Jerry Manuel interviewed Friday morning for the Kansas City Royals' managerial vacancy. Manuel managed the Chicago White Sox from 1998 to 2003, compiling a 500-471 record.
Pedro Martinez (4-1, 3.14) will head to the mound Friday looking for his fifth win of the year and his second over the Florida Marlins, who he defeated on April 21 at Miami in a seven-inning, one-run performance.
Coincidentally, Martinez turned in a seven-inning, one-run performance his last time out against the Yankees on Sunday, scoring a no-decision in a 5-3 Mets loss.
Brian Moehler (2-1, 2.13) counters for the Marlins, with a 7:35 p.m. first pitch on tap.