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Anticlimax: Mets beat Marlins 4-2

AP Sports Writer

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

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.

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

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

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

"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

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