SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Cody Ross homered and had three hits, Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings and the Florida Marlins beat the New York Mets 10-3 Monday night to give interim manager Edwin Rodriguez a sweet homecoming in Puerto Rico.
Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton also homered for the Marlins, who handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey his first loss in eight major league starts this season.
Jason Bay hit two home runs of his own in the batter-friendly park. Both were to right center field and would have been fly balls at Citi Field. Bay was responsible for all three Mets runs.
Back in March, Major League Baseball moved this series from Miami, where the Marlins draw sparse crowds, to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.
Rodriguez took over the team when Fredi Gonzalez was fired Wednesday, becoming the first big league manager born in Puerto Rico. Days later, he got a chance to come home.