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Marlins Defeat Mets, 4-3


            NEW YORK – The streaky Marlins are back on a roll.

Well, a miniature one, anyway.

            On Wednesday, one day after snapping a 7-game losing streak, they won their second straight with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field.

            Cody Ross drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single in the eighth, and Matt Lindstrom survived a shaky ninth, loading the bases before recording the final out for the save.

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly and a Jorge Cantu home run off Mets ace Johan Santana. Cantu helped end his team’s long losing streak Tuesday with a pair of homers.

But the Mets clawed back against Marlins starter Josh Johnson, eventually tying the score in the fourth on Ramon Castro’s RBI single. Fernando Tatis put the Mets ahead, 3-2, in the sixth with a leadoff homer.

New York’s bullpen, which failed to protect a Mets lead on Tuesday, faltered again on Wednesday once Santana was lifted after the seventh.

After J.J. Putz gave up back-to-back walks to start the eight and Robby Paulino advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt, Ross stroked a 2-run single into center to put the Marlins back on top, 4-3.

The Marlins have now won four out of six games against the Mets this season.