The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 6-5 in walk-off fashion Tuesday night. Luis Castillo poked an opposite field single into right field to drive in Ike Davis as the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the victory, the Mets are one game over .500 for the season, and pull ahead of the Marlins in the standings.

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Initial Reaction:

R.A. Dickey faced off against Marlins ace Josh Johnson in the opener of a three-game set. Dickey went seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and walked none in a start that looks worse in the box score than in reality. Johnson struggled against the Mets for a change, and left the game in position for the loss.

The Mets offense was on tonight, as they manufactured twelve hits and took five walks. It was impressive to see a lot of base runners for a change. Angel Pagan is a god-send–no pun intended–and probably the best thing that’s happened to the Mets this season. Luis Castillo’s walk-off single was sweet to watch!

Positives From The Game:

The Frenchy Way: Despite going hitless (0-3) in the game, Jeff Francoeur drove in two runs–both via the sacrifice fly. It seems like he hits a sacrifice fly in every game.

Angel In The Outfield: Mets MVP Angel Pagan had a four-hit night, scoring three of the Mets six runs. He raised his batting average over the .300 mark. He also stole his 31st base of the season, and is tied for second in the National League in the category.

Negatives From The Game:

Reyes: After a tremendous stretch, Jose Reyes went 0 for 5, with a strikeout. He was the only Mets position player in the starting lineup who didn’t reach base or contribute a run.

Gaby Sanchez Home Run: The only huge mistake pitch R.A. Dickey made tonight was one that Gaby Sanchez slugged out for a 3-run home run in the 7th inning.

Interesting Facts:

3: Walk-off hits for Luis Castillo as a Met

16: Career triples for David Wright

50: RBIs for Jeff Francoeur

What’s Next?: The New York Mets continue their series against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Pat Misch (0-2) 3.00 ERA vs. FLA Alex Sanabia (2-1) 3.77 ERA