After another sub-par outing by JJ Putz, Bobby Parnell came in and closed out the 8th inning with the tying run on third base.
Parnell, 24, is quickly emerging as a solid set-up man. With JJ Putz having difficulties, we might be seeing more and more of Parnell in the set-up role.
Parnell pitched 2/3 of an inning, bailing out Putz and the Mets. Starting the 8th with the Mets leading 3-1, Putz came in and quickly gave up a run, but was charged with two (a run scored when Parnell surrendered a single to Hanley Ramirez and was charged to Putz). He then slammed the door on the Marlins by striking out Cantu, and getting Hermida to fly out to LF.
In the ninth Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side, and walked one.
This was the first time this year the Mets have won a rubber game.
Angel Pagan left the game with a groin pull, and was replaced by Jeremy Reed.