Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 7-4

The blueprint constructed by Omar Minaya for the final three innings got tripped up before J.J. Putz or Francisco Rodriguez had a chance to reach the mound.

Summoned to protect a one-run lead, Sean Green surrendered a three-run homer to Jorge Cantu in a four-run seventh inning as the Marlins snapped a seven-game losing streak and retained first place with a 7-4 win over the Mets.

The Mets (9-11), who again failed to reach .500, had been 7-0 when leading after six inn...

Shortly after he took over as Mets manager last season, Jerry Manuel expressed that he was "gangsta."

It suggested that he had an attitude and approach to the game that his predecessor, Willie Randolph, did not possess. At some point you expected the Mets to take on Manuel's "gangsta" persona.

Of course, we know how things ended for the Mets last season - the same as the season before under Randolph - one game short of the playoffs. Definitely not gangsta.

As the ...