The New York Mets, behind some late-game clutch hitting, beat the Florida Marlins 6-4 in 10 innings and evened their record at 1-1.

It was an exciting game that started off as a pitcher’s duel between Jon Niese and Ricky Nolasco.  Niese was shaky in the first inning, allowing the Marlins to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead on a bases loaded, 2-run single by Logan Morrison.  However, he settled in nicely after that, retiring the next 11 Marlins in a row.

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With the Mets still trailing 2-0, David Wright led off the 4th with their first home run of the year; an opposite field shot that conjured up shades of last year’s home opener, when he hit their first homer of the year into the right field seats as well.

In the top of the 9th, with the score tied at 2, Josh Thole drove in pinch-runner Chin-lung Hu with 2 outs against Marlins closer Leo Nunez, to give the Mets their first lead of the night.

Enter Francisco Rodriguez, in his first appearance since last year’s ill-fated, season ending UFC audition.  He didn’t have it tonight, blowing the save – and very nearly the game, somehow escaping by getting Omar Infante to pop out with the score tied and the bases loaded, sending the game to extra innings.

In the top of the 10th, before ideas of a here-we-go-again, crushing loss could set in, Jose Reyes led off with a single and Angel Pagan laid down a perfect bunt to set Wright up with 2 on and no out.  Wright then drove Reyes in for the go-ahead run, and later in the inning, Willie Harris delivered a pinch-hit, 2-out, 2-RBI double to give the Mets a 6-3 lead that they would not relinquish.

3 up:

-The pitching, aside from K-Rod: 9 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk.

-Josh Thole:  Aside from a (what could have been a killer) brainfart on the bases, went 3-4 with the go-ahead RBI in the 9th with 2 outs.

-David Wright: Player of the game, with his home run to first put the Mets on the board, and then the RBI single in the 10th that put them up for good.

3 down:

K-Rod.  It’s his first game back, so we’ll see if he simply needs to shake off the rust.

-Beltran’s knees.  Beltran himself didn’t play a bad game, but he was running gingerly around the bases, and seemed cautious while pursuing a foul pop-up that he couldn’t quite get to, but should have.  Like K-Rod, we’ll see how he plays himself back into shape.

-Marlins fans.  They do know they’re allowed to show up to their team’s home games, right?  Maybe they’re just waiting for the new stadium.

On Deck: The Mets look to take tomorrow’s rubber game at 1:10 PM.

NYM R.A. Dickey vs. FLA Javier Vazquez