NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis capped a two-run, ninth-inning rally with an RBI single that lifted the New York Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
The Mets had scored in the first inning but didn't manage a hit after the fourth inning until Nieuwenhuis ended the game. Miami pitching retired 11 straight before a walk in the eighth.
Marlins closer Heath Bell (0-3) came in in the ninth with a 2-1 lead but walked David Wright, got an out, walked Ike Davis on four pitches and Josh Thole in six to load the bases.
Justin Turner worked Bell for a 13-pitch walk that forced in the tying run.
After a ground out, Nieuwenhuis sent a drive to deep right for the game-winning single.
Ramon Ramirez, who pitched two innings for two-hit relief, improved to 2-1 with the win.
Miami starter Ricky Nolasco allowed five hits and one run in seven innings. Nieuwenhuis opened the Mets' first with a triple and scored on a Ruben Tejada sacrifice fly.
Gaby Sanchez led off the Miami third with his first home run of the year and Omar Infante scored on a double play in the fifth for the 2-1 Marlins lead.