Mets catcher John Buck helps up Miami's Juan Pierre after the two collided. Pierre was called for interference as Buck tried to throw out a runner. "I wasn't expecting to hit him," Pierre said.


NEW YORK - John Buck was glad to get the call - from the New York Mets in the winter and from umpire Jim Joyce on Saturday.

The Mets' new catcher drove in four runs and was in the middle of an exceptionally rare ruling by a plate umpire that helped New York beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Saturday.

New York led 3-2 in the seventh inning when Miami's Gregg Dobbs hit a two-out single, scoring Juan Pierre from second with the tying run after right fielder Mike Baxter's throw was 10 feet wide of of home plate.

But away from the plate, Pierre collided with Buck as the catcher planted to try to throw out Dobbs at second. The two tumbled to the grass after bumping knees.

Joyce immediately called Pierre for interference and ruled Dobbs out, ending the inning. The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull away.

"I've never seen that play before in my life," Joyce said. "I asked all the guys on my crew and none of them have ever seen it, either."

Hamilton's wife calls security over insults

ARLINGTON, Texas - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.

The All-Star slugger said Saturday that security guards stayed near his wife, Katie, and their children, and there weren't any major incidents in Friday's game.

"She ended up calling security just because people are being ugly," said Hamilton, who was booed again Saturday by Rangers' fans.

Lackey strains biceps in return for Red Sox

TORONTO - Boston pitcher John Lackey left with a strained biceps in his first start since September 2011 after grabbing his right arm in the fifth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Lackey (0-1) missed last season following elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011.

Dodgers trade Harang to Colo. for Hernandez

LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers traded pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash.

General manager Ned Colletti said the deal gives L.A. another backup at catcher behind starter A.J. Ellis. Colorado designated Harang for assignment.

Inside pitch

• Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI confirmed the two-time All-Star sprained his left knee sliding into second base in Friday's loss to Arizona.

• Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez is set to make his major league debut today. At 20 years, 250 days, he will become the youngest pitcher in team history.

• Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche sat Saturday with a sore back after an 0-for-13 start.

• Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was out of the lineup Saturday with a sprained left thumb.

• Cleveland placed lefty Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage muscle and recalled Trevor Bauer.

• Toronto held slugger Jose Bautista out of the lineup against Boston for a second straight day because of a sore right ankle.

• Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could resume throwing next week as part of his rehabilitation program for a broken right forearm. He could rejoin the team next month.