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Mets vs. Marlins: Miami's final home stand

Both teams long eliminated from National League playoff contention, the Miami Marlins and New York Mets meet up in the final games of the regular season.

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Marlins fall to Mets, 4-2

The 2012 season has come to a close, and the Marlins lost their final game of the season 4-2 to the Mets.

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Marlins vs. Mets: Miami goes for the sweep

The Miami Marlins have struggled all season, but at least they're third in the league in stolen bases.

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Marlins win 4-3 in 11

Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano's single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Marlins a 4-3 win Tuesday night over the New York Mets in the second-to-last game of the 2012 season for both teams.

Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the 11th with a triple to center, and Collin McHugh intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Lee to load the bases. McHugh struck out Rob Brantly before giving up the decisive hit to Solano.

Jacob Turner pitched 7⅔ innings, giving up one earned run on three hits. He had four strikeouts and two walks. The Mets' Cy Young Award hopeful R.A. Dickey was not at his best in his final outing of the season. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Gorkys Hernandez solo home run off of Dickey. Miami doubled their lead with another solo shot, this one Brantly's, in the bottom of the fifth.

Carlos Lee knocked in the Marlins' third run off Dickey in the bottom of the sixth. Lee's single drove in Jose Reyes from third.

Earlier in the sixth inning, Adam Greenberg pinch-hit for the Marlins and recorded his first career at bat. He struck out swinging on three pitches.

The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game after not being able to get anything going off Turner in the first seven innings. Turner got the first two outs of the seventh easily, giving up a double to Jordany Valdespin in between. Mike Dunn replaced Turner, and Dunn gave up a single to his only batter faced.

Heath Bell came on for the Marlins, and he gave up a David Wright single to make the score 3-1, then walked the next batter to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Daniel Murphy from third, and an infield single to the next batter tied the game at 3-3.

The Marlins and the Mets will conclude their seasons tomorrow at 4:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

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Greenberg strikes out in first career AB

Adam Greenberg got his first career at-bat Tuesday night for the Miami Marlins, a pinch-hit strikeout in three pitches against R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets.

Greenberg's story is well-known by now. On the first pitch of his first career plate appearance in 2005, he was hit in the head by Florida Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos. He suffered a concussion and was immediately removed from the game. He never made it back to the major leagues, instead lingering among various minor-league clubs and an independent-league team.

Greenberg pinch-hit for left fielder Bryan Petersen to lead off the bottom of the sixth at Marlins Park, where the Marlins led 2-0. Dickey's first knuckleball was called a strike. Greenberg swung and missed at the second pitch, a knuckleball in the strike zone. He struck out on a high knuckleball clocked at 80 miles per hour.

Among those in attendance was Fred Van Dusen, who was — and now again is — the only other player in major league history to be hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance. Van Dusen's sole plate appearance was in 1955 for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Miami will try to beat R.A. Dickey on Tuesday

The Miami Marlins will seek a second consecutive win over the New York Mets on Tuesday evening at Marlins Park.

Miami took the first game of the series 3-2 on Monday behind Giancarlo Stanton and Wade LeBlanc. Now, the Marlins will turn to Jacob Turner in hopes of winning the final series of the season.

Turner has been shaky this year with a 2-5 record and 4.94 ERA. In his most recent outing, the 21-year-old took a loss against the Atlanta Braves despite pitching six innings and allowing just two earned runs on six hits.

Turner's task won't be easy, however. R.A. Dickey is on the mound for New York, attempting to salt away his 21st win of the campaign. Dickey is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young and for good reason with a 20-6 mark and 2.69 ERA.

In Dickey's last start, he earned his 20th victory by throwing 7⅔ while surrendering just two runs versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

TV: FOX Sports Florida

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

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The Fish clip New York 3-2 on Monday

The Miami Marlins took care of business in the opener of their three-game series against the New York Mets on Monday night, winning 3-2 at Marlins Park.

After falling behind 2-0, the Marlins began their rally in the sixth inning with a home run off the hot bat of Giancarlo Stanton, his 37th of the year. In the bottom of the seventh, Miami tied the affair on a Jose Reyes sacrifice fly before plating the eventual game-winning tally with a Rob Blantly RBI double.

Wade LeBlanc started the contest and earned a no-decision. The southpaw lasted five innings and allowed just one unearned runs on seven hits.

Heath Bell earned his fourth win of the season by hurling a shutout eighth inning.

Jeurys Familia toed the rubber for New York but only threw four innings despite surrendering one hit. Familia was undone with wildness, walking six on the night.

Gorkys Hernandez was a thorn in the Mets' side, collecting hits in all three at-bats along with a walk.

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Mets lead Marlins through five

In the first game of the final series of the season, the Miami Marlins trail the New York Mets, 1-0, through five innings. The Marlins have just two hits, a single and a triple by Gorkys Hernandez.

The Marlins (67-92) have already been assured a last-place finish in the National League East. Miami has scored 600 runs this year, third-fewest in the majors. A season that began with hope and the excitement of a new ballpark is dragging toward its end.

Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc pitched well, allowing an unearned run on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He was set to be replaced by Tom Koehler in the sixth.

Jeurys Familia lasted just four innings for the Mets. He surrendered one hit but walked six Marlins hitters. Elvin Ramirez came in to pitch the fifth and gave up a hit and a walk before retiring the side.

David Wright put the Mets on top with an RBI single in the top of the fifth.

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Marlins, Mets starting lineups

The Miami Marlins play host to the New York Mets for a three-game series to end the 2012 regular season, beginning on Monday night.

Wade LeBlanc will start on the mound for the Marlins, as he tries to make a case for a spot in the 2013 starting rotation. Through 63 and 2/3 innings, LeBlanc is 2-5 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. LeBlanc has held hitters to a .269 average against, and has certainly pitched well for the Marlins in 2012.

Both Ozzie Guillen and Terry Collins have announced the starting lineups for Monday's contest, and they are as follows:

New York Mets

SS Ruben Tejada
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Justin Turner
RF Scott Hairston
1B Ike Davis
C Kelly Shoppach
LF Jason Bay
CF Andres Torres
SP Jeurys Familia

Miami Marlins

LF Bryan Petersen
CF Gorkys Hernandez
SS Jose Reyes
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Carlos Lee
C Rob Brantly
2B Donovan Solano
3B Gil Velazquez
SP Wade LeBlanc

We'll see if the Marlins can end the season on a good note, starting Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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