MIAMI – Wes Helms had two of his three RBIs in a five-run first inning, Dan Uggla drove in a pair of runs and the Florida Marlins held on for a 7-5 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Alex Sanabia (5-3) allowed three runs in five innings for the Marlins, who have won three straight.
Leo Nunez got the Marlins out of a jam in the eighth and Clay Hensley pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
With the Marlins leading 6-3 in the eighth, the Mets loaded the bases with one out while facing Jose Veras, who then issued a walk to Josh Thole, forcing in a run. Veras was replaced by Leo Nunez and Chris Carter drove in a run with a groundout to pull the Mets to 6-5. Nick Evans struck out to end the inning.
Uggla had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-5.
Hensley allowed a two-out triple to Carlos Beltran before Uggla made a diving play to his left to retire David Wright for the final out.
The Marlins got off to a quick start, thanks to a wild first by Jonathon Niese (9-10). He walked three, including Mike Stanton with the bases loaded. Helms followed Stanton's walk with a two-run double and Brad Davis' RBI groundout made it 5-0. Uggla started the scoring with an RBI single.
The Mets cut the deficit to 5-3 on an RBI single by Jose Reyes, a solo homer by Beltran, and a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda.
Niese allowed six runs, five hits, and six walks while striking out seven in 5 2-3 innings.
Notes: The Marlins won the season series with the Mets, 12-7 and won all six games at Sun Life Stadium. ... Marlins Hanley Ramirez (sore left elbow) and Emilio Bonifacio (hamstring) were held out of the lineup. ... Marlins LF Logan Morrison walked in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 41 games. Only Mark Teixeira has had a longer streak (42) in the big leagues this season. ... Reyes struck out in the first inning ending his streak of 48 plate appearances without a strikeout. ... Miami Heat guard Mike Miller threw out the ceremonial first pitch.