Dillon Gee rebounded from a wretched start and the New York Mets, back on the field following a two-day break because of Hurricane Irene, finished off a doubleheader sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 5-1 victory Monday night.
R.A. Dickey, like Gee a former Buffalo Bison, shut down the sluggish Marlins in the opener, pitching seven spotless innings in a 2-1 victory for his first win in more than a month.
Mets starters had tossed 21 consecutive scoreless innings before Gee (12-5) gave up a home run to Greg Dobbs in the sixth. All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes scored a run and committed an error in his return from the disabled list.
A boy in the stands got hurt in the ninth inning of the opener when Dobbs hit a line drive into the right-field seats, just beyond the New York dugout. Stadium medical workers immediately tended to the boy, who appeared to be hit in the face and was bleeding heavily. Accompanied by his mother, he was carted away in a wheelchair after the game and taken under the stands to an ambulance.
Following the final out, Mets second baseman Justin Turner went to wait for the boy by the railing. Turner took off his jersey and handed it over as a souvenir. Dobbs gave the boy a bat, and New York manager Terry Collins also stopped by the scene.
In the nightcap, Ruben Tejada tripled off Ricky Nolasco (9-10) to set up the first run and scored twice. David Wright drove in two and the Mets got two-out RBI singles from Angel Pagan and Willie Harris in the sixth.
New York has won four straight following a 2-11 skid.
Gee went six innings, allowing six hits while striking out six and walking two. It was quite a turnaround from his previous outing, when the normally poised rookie gave up a career-high eight runs, seven hits and six walks in 3 2/3 innings of a 10-0 rout at Philadelphia.
The Mets were swept in their two previous doubleheaders this season, by Colorado and Atlanta in April.
Turner had a run-scoring single in the opener and Josh Thole hustled his way to an RBI. Parnell gave up a homer to New York nemesis Gaby Sanchez in the ninth.
Both teams were playing for the first time since Friday because of Hurricane Irene, which battered the East Coast over the weekend. The Marlins rode out the storm in Philadelphia, then bused up to New York on Sunday night.
Dickey (6-11) lost power at his Long Island home during the storm, but was steady on the mound all afternoon. Floating a few 60 mph knuckleballs at the Marlins, he scattered seven hits and walked one while striking out six in his first win since July 25.