MIAMI (AP) -With another come-from-behind win, the surprising
are on the verge of erasing the
New York Mets
' lead in the NL East.
hit RBI singles to spark a five-run eighth inning, and Florida overtook New York 7-3 Monday night.
The Marlins have rallied to win 31 times this year, most in the National League.
''You definitely don't draw it up like that,'' Ross said. ''You'd rather go out there and win 4-0. But it shows how much heart
we have as a team.''
The latest Marlins' rally came one day after they blew a 5-0 lead in a loss to the
. Florida's comeback kids, who have by far the smallest payroll in the majors, closed within a game of division leader New
''It's just about riding the wave,'' Uggla said. ''If we keep playing the way we're playing, showing up at the ballpark and
doing our thing, we'll be fine.''
Idle Philadelphia pulled within a half-game of New York. Adding to the Mets' gloom, starter
left the game after 4 1-3 innings because of a stiff shoulder, and he'll return to New York for tests.
''I'm frustrated because I want to go out there and pitch,'' Maine said.
Florida is last in the majors in attendance, but there was a lively atmosphere for the series opener, thanks in part to the
transplanted New Yorkers in the crowd of 23,165 who chanted ''Let's go Mets!'' from the first inning on.
''It's kind of annoying,'' Marlins starter
said. ''But the Marlins fans are defending us, and it's exciting to get the fans going back and forth.''
The cheers were all for the home team in the bottom of the eighth. The Marlins lead the majors in home runs, but this time
they scored with finesse, bunching five consecutive hits.
''We actually played some small ball,'' Uggla said. ''Next thing you know, we've got some runs.''
With Florida trailing 3-2,
led off with a double against
(1-3), and Uggla followed with a tying single. Uggla took third when pinch-hitter
, and Ross followed with a base hit to put the Marlins ahead.
's sacrifice bunt went for a hit to load the bases. Schoeneweis retired the next two batters and was one strike from getting
out of the inning, but a wild pitch let in a run, and pinch-hitter
hit a two-run double.
''They turned things in their favor, and we have to give them credit for it,'' Mets shortstop
The comeback erased the sting of two fielding lapses by Florida that allowed New York to take the lead in the top of the eighth.
First the Marlins left a base uncovered, allowing
to advance to third, and then they failed to turn a routine double play that would have ended the inning.
The run was charged to
(3-2), who went one inning.
pitched a perfect ninth.
Baker hit his third homer for Florida's first run. Nolasco allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Maine took a 2-0 lead into the fifth, but when he fell behind leadoff batter Baker 2-0, a trainer and manager
went to the mound.
Maine stayed in the game, and Baker - batting .163 - homered on the next pitch. After Maine retired the next batter, Manuel
removed him. The right-hander threw 75 pitches.
''I didn't like what I saw, so to be on the safe side, I got him out,'' Manuel said.
Maine said he had felt pain in the back of his shoulder since his last start.
''It was sore, but I told them I could go out there and pitch,'' he said.
Florida tied it in the sixth against
walked with two out, took second on a wild pitch and came home on Ross' single.
New York went ahead in the top of the eighth. After Wright led off with a single, the Marlins went with their standard shift
, bunching three infielders on the right side.
Delgado topped a grounder to first baseman Jacobs, who threw to the pitcher covering first for the out. But with no one covering
third, Wright kept running and advanced uncontested.
''We may not see that play again,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
was intentionally walked, and when the Marlins failed to turn a double play on
' grounder, Wright put the Mets ahead by scoring in his 12th consecutive game, which tied Beltran's team record set in 2006.
Notes: Mets RHP
, who has been away following the death of his father, is expected to rejoin the team and throw in the bullpen Tuesday. He's
scheduled to start Friday at Houston. ... Marlins C
(hip), sidelined since July 8, was examined Monday in Philadelphia by Dr. Williams Meyers, who ruled out surgery. Treanor
will resume a rehabilitation program, the team said. ... The Marlins said CF
Alejandro De Aza
, sidelined all season by an ankle injury, underwent surgery last week. ... Maine has 47 strikeouts in 35 career innings against