7,501: Maine’s one-hit performance, Santos’ slam lifts Mets

Great start from Maine

John Maine threw six innings of one-hit ball and Omir Santos hit his first career grand slam Monday night as the New York Mets topped the first-place Florida Marlins 7-1 at Citi “Triples” Field.

The Mets’ new ballpark might not be kind to the longball (despite Santos’ slam) but its nooks and crannies provide plenty of places to sneak in three-baggers. Daniel Murphy and David Wright got the team’s seventh and eighth triples of the season, giving the Mets nearly as many triples as homers so far this season.

Maine, who walked three and struck out four, lost his no-hit bid in the first inning when Jorge Cantu singled to center, a hit that resulted in an unearned run. Scoring on the play was Emilio Bonifacio, who reached base when left-fielder Gary Sheffield dropped a routine fly-ball. (Should we start considering putting in Daniel Murphy as a defensive replacement?)

J.J. Putz gave up the Marlins’ second and final hit in the eighth inning.

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