The New York Mets won 4-3 in spectacular comeback fashion against the Miami Marlins Friday night at Citi Field.
The Mets – second in the NL East - improved their record to 13-10, keeping pace with the first place Atlanta Braves who defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-4. Struggling right fielder Curtis Granderson drove in the game-winning run on a two out RBI single in the ninth, scoring shortstop Omar Quintanila. Zack Wheeler pitched phenomenally for the Mets going six innings, allowing just one run, walking three batters, while striking out 10.
Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich led off the game with a ground ball to third baseman David Wright who booted the ball, allowing Yelich to reach second on the error. Centerfielder Marcell Ozuna struck out looking for the first out of the inning. Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to second for out number two, but Yelich advanced to third on the play. Third baseman Casey McGhee walked, but catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out looking to end the inning.
The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the first and the Marlins were retired in order in the top of the second inning. In the bottom of the second, centerfielder Chris Young and first baseman Lucas Duda both struck out. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud then laced a single to right. d’Arnaud then stole second to advance into scoring position, his first career stolen base. Shortstop Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked to face pitcher Zack Wheeler. Wheeler went down on strikes to end the inning.
Wheeler struck out the side in the top of the third inning. In the bottom half of the third, left fielder Eric Young Jr. led off the game with an infield single and immediately stole second base. Curtis Granderson skied a ball to center for the first out but Young Jr. advanced to third on the play. Third baseman David Wright lined a single to left, scoring Young Jr., giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Daniel Murphy doubled down the line in left field scoring Wright, making it 2-0 New York. Daniel Murphy then stole third, his 26th consecutive stolen base without being caught. But Murphy was left stranded at third. Chris Young grounded out to shortstop, and Lucas Duda flied out to center to end the inning.
Giancarlo Stanton started the fourth inning with a single up the middle. Casey McGhee lined out to center for the first out of the fourth. Stanton then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Wheeler. Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined out to center for the second out, and first baseman Garret Jones flied out to left to end the inning. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the fourth.
Second baseman Derek Dietrich walked to start the top of the fifth. Shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria struck out for the first out. Pitcher Henderson Alvarez laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Dietrich over to second. Dietrich then moved over to third on Zack Wheeler’s second wild pitch of the night. Christian Yelich walked and Marcell Ozuna singled to center, scoring Dietrich and moving Yelich over to third, bringing the Marlins to within a run at 2-1. Giancarlo Stanton flied out to right, ending the Marlins’ rally. The Mets were retired 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
Casey McGhee singled to center leading off the top half of the sixth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. Garret Jones blooped a single to right, advancing McGhee to third, putting runners at the corners with just one out. But Wheeler buckled down, getting both Dietrich and Hechevarria to strike out swinging to get out of the jam.
The Mets and Marlins failed to score in their next turns at bat and the Mets were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh. Gonzalez Germen, now in his second inning of work after taking over for Zack Wheeler in the seventh inning, struck out both Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGhee.
Germen had appeared to strike out Saltalamacchia on a 1 ball 2 strike count, but the pitch was called a ball. The catcher fouled off the next offering but then hit a home run to left field that tied the game at 2-2. The next batter Garret Jones golfed a ball that hit off the right field foul pole for a home run giving the Marlins their first lead of the night at 3-2. Derek Dietrich struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Mets again failed to do anything offensively in the bottom of the eighth, and were retired 1-2-3. Righty Jeruys Familia entered the game to pitch the ninth inning for the Mets. It was Familia’s first appearance in a week. After allowing a single to Adieny Hechevarria, Familia induced a groundball from pinch-hitter Gregg Dobbs, forcing Hechevarria out at second. Christian Yelich then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Lucas Duda blooped a single to right to start the bottom of the ninth. Travis d’Arnaud laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Duda over to second. Bobby Abreu was called to pinch hit for Familia and lined a shot to left field. Yelich ran to make the catch for out number two. Down to their last strike, Omar Quintanilla, who entered the game in the top of the seventh inning, singled to left. Yelich grabbed the ball but stumbled on the outfield dirt by the foul line, allowing Duda to tie the game at 3-3.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis then doubled to deep center, advancing Quintanilla over to third. Curtis Granderson followed with a single to right scoring Quintanilla to win the game for the Mets by a final score of 4-3. It was Granderson’s second walkoff RBI this week.
The Mets and Marlins face off again tomorrow evening when Mets starter Jenrry Mejia toes the rubber against veteran Kevin Slowey.
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