A walk-off wild pitch by Fernando Nieve gave the Florida Marlins a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.
With runners at the corners with one out in the ninth, Nieve through a breaking ball in the dirt that couldn’t be handled by catcher Rod Barajas, allowing Cody Ross to break a 1-1 tie and score the winning run.
The game was otherwise a brilliant pitchers’ duel enhanced by some spectacular defensive plays on both sides.
Marlins ace Josh Johnson threw seven innings of three-hit ball, giving up just one earned run while striking out seven. The Mets’ Johan Santana was also up to the task, giving up just a single unearned run on six hits and a walk while striking out five.
Santana lost his no-hitter in the second inning on a single by Ross, bumping our NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,679 New York Mets games with no no-no.
Barajas had the Mets’ only RBI with a second-inning single to center,