JUPITER, Fla. -- Dewayne Wise flicked a soft liner to center to open the scoring in a five-run seventh inning that propelled the Marlins to a 5-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium. A lefty-lefty matchup worked in the Marlins' favor, and it was a turning point in the big inning. The left-handed hitting Wise faced southpaw Michael O'Connor with runners on the corners and one out. On an 0-2 pitch, Wise was able to poke the ball into center field, producing the game's first run.
Bobby Parnell started off the inning for New York by walking John Buck. Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for Wes Helms, and he slapped a single to right, putting runners on the corners. O'Connor relieved Parnell and he struck out Matt Dominguez, bringing up Wise, who put Florida on the board. Emilio Bonifacio and Ozzie Martinez each collected RBI singles, and Donnie Murphy added a two-run double in an inning the Marlins sent 10 to the plate. Before the big seventh, both starting pitchers each were impressive. New York's Chris Young tossed six scoreless, while Florida's Anibal Sanchez went five innings.
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After missing one start due to a right shin contusion, Sanchez rebounded and he scattered five hits without issuing a walk.The right-hander, who projects to be Florida's fourth starter, struck out three. Sanchez threw 66 pitches, with 42 for strikes, and he lowered his Grapefruit League ERA to 2.63. Young, meanwhile, made it through one more inning, logging 80 pitches (55 strikes). Young escaped a mild jam in the sixth inning, stranding two. Bonifacio and Omar Infante each singled to open the inning, but Young retired Hanley Ramirez on a foul pop up. Gaby Sanchez struck out and Logan Morrison's bid for an extra-base hit was taken away by Willie Harris in left field. Harris struggled with the sun but was able to make the catch while falling to the ground on the warning track. Up next for the Mets: Mike Pelfrey will complete the process of stretching out his arm on Monday when the Mets take on the Braves in a 1:10 p.m. ET game at Digital Domain Park. In his second-to-last outing of the spring, Pelfrey will start opposite Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson. Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets are Jason Isringhausen and D.J. Carrasco. Up next for the Marlins: The Marlins have their scheduled day off on Monday, which is the day Chris Volstad is scheduled to pitch. So rather than push everybody back a day, Volstad will pitch in a Minor League game on Monday. The Marlins return to Grapefruit League play on Tuesday against the Twins at Roger Dean Stadium. Josh Johnson goes for his second straight win for Florida, while former Marlin, Carl Pavano, throws for Minnesota.