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The crowd of 41,245 for Citi Field's first opening day made it clear it hadn't forgotten what happened in 2009, booing erratic left-hander Oliver Perez and the training staff during pregame introductions. Manuel, second baseman Luis Castillo and reliever Sean Green also got mixed receptions.
Wright sent a charge through the crowd when he sliced a 1-0 pitch from Johnson over the wall in right to give New York a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The All-Star third baseman hit a career-low 10 homers last season, including five at home during the Mets' first season at their spacious ballpark.
Jeff Francoeur also drove in two runs for New York, which opened the year with shortstop Jose Reyes, All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran and first baseman Daniel Murphy on the disabled list. Pinch-hitter Angel Pagan added an RBI single in the sixth.
Defending NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez had two hits each for the Marlins.
NOTES: INF Ruben Tejada and RHP Jenrry Mejia of the Mets are the youngest players in the majors at 20 years old. Mejia, who is 16 days older than Tejada, is the youngest pitcher to make New York's opening-day roster since Dwight Gooden in 1984. Tejada is the Mets' youngest position player on their opening-day roster since Tim Foli in 1971. ... The bridge beyond the right-center field wall at Citi Field was renamed "Shea Bridge" during a pregame ceremony honoring Bill Shea, an attorney who played a key role in the creation of the franchise.
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