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Recap: Mets 4, Marlins 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: October 03, 2012 4:10 PM EDT
  

MIAMI (AP) - David Wright watched the final four innings from the dugout as his teammates closed out a meaningless final game.

Now the goal for the New York Mets is to keep Wright and start winning.

Ike Davis hit his 32nd homer, and Scott Hairston got his 20th Wednesday to help the Mets win their finale by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2.

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The Mets (74-88) finished fourth in the NL East for the fourth year in a row, but they believe things are on the upswing after the settlement of a suit stemming from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

General manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets will make ``every effort' to reach long-term deals with third baseman Wright and 20-game winner R.A. Dickey, and the team might be more active this offseason in the trade and free-agent markets.

``The organization is in a stronger position than a year ago,' Alderson said.

Wright said he is optimistic the Mets will be better in 2013.

``It's difficult because of how the season ended,' he said. ``But when you look back and evaluate this team as a whole, there is a lot of good that came out of this year and a lot of positives that you can take into next year.'

The Mets hold a $16 million option for Wright for next year. He said he hasn't thought about a possible long-term deal.

``I'm sure in a couple of weeks I'll be able to think about it a little bit more and just enjoy the process,' he said.

Rookie Jeremy Hefner (4-7), who hopes to make the Mets' roster in 2013, closed the season with his second consecutive strong start. He allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings.

``I know I can pitch here,' he said.

The Marlins (69-93), touted as playoff contenders after an offseason spending binge, instead posted their worst record since 1999.

Miami heads into the offseason with questions about the future of manager Ozzie Guillen and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Owner Jeffrey Loria wasn't at the game, but he hasn't ruled out changes at the top.

Following the finale, Guillen met briefly with Beinfest and general manager Michael Hill.

``They're going to have a meeting soon about it,' Guillen said. ``It's a very tough situation. We all failed, and we're all a big part of this bad season. They have to think about it, and with time see what we need, and think with their mind and not their heart. Right now it's too hard to make decisions because everybody is bitter and very upset and disappointed with the season. I think they're doing the right thing to think about it.'

The fates of Guillen and Beinfest are in doubt even though both are under contract through 2015. That's how badly the season went after a rebranding of the franchise and the move into a new ballpark.

``Everyone is happy it's done,' said slugger Giancarlo Stanton, one of the team's few bright spots. ``It wasn't a great year for all of us as a whole.'

With a crowd of 27,418 for the finale, the Marlins drew more than 2.2 million fans, 12th-best in the NL but their highest total since 1997.

The Mets were hardly a long-ball team this season, but they showed some muscle at the end. Hairston reached the 20-homer milestone for the first time. Andres Torres hit his third.

Wright went 0 for 2 before leaving the game and finished at .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs.

``It's tough to evaluate yourself the way you finished as a team,' he said. ``At some point I'll look back and be proud of what I was able to accomplish. Now is not the time for that.'

Davis, whose average dipped to .158 in June, ended up at .227 with 90 RBIs.

``You look at the power numbers and RBI numbers, and I'm there,' he said. ``But I don't consider myself a .220 hitter. Hopefully I get a chance to prove next year that I can do better.'

New York's Lucas Duda was hit in the back of the helmet by a 79-mph curve from Dan Jennings in his final at-bat. Duda was taken out of the game, but after the game said he was fine.

NOTES: The Mets finished 12-6 against Miami and tied a franchise record for most victories in a year against the Marlins, set in 2001. ... The Mets improved to 79-79 in Miami. ... The roof at the Marlins' new ballpark was open for eight of 81 games, and only once after June 13. ... The Mets' Bobby Parnell, who earned his seventh save, didn't allow a run in his final 11 1-3 innings.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Mets at Marlins
Mon, Oct 1 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Mets at Marlins
Tue, Oct 2 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Mets at Marlins
Wed, Oct 3 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  -108   -240   8.5 
 MIA  -102   +200   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  -108   -210   8.5 
 MIA  -102   +175   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYM  79%   45%   66% 
 MIA  21%   55%   34% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Oct 2, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Push: 7 
 MIA 4 Cover: +165 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Oct 1, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 2 Under: 5 
 MIA 3 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB RECAPS
 Wednesday, Oct 3
 
    Braves at Pirates
12:35 PM EDT
    Phillies at Nationals
1:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Rangers at Athletics
3:35 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
4:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
6:40 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
7:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Dodgers
7:15 PM EDT
    Tigers at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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