The New York Mets fell to the Miami Marlins 7-6 in 10 innings Saturday evening at Citi Field.
After scoring only one run in the first five innings, the Marlins scored five in the top of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run homer by star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
The Mets scored five runs in the first three innings but only managed one hit the rest of the night. Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a home run that bounced off the fencing on top of the left field wall in the 10th inning.
After the Marlins were retired in order in the top of the first, Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. started the bottom of the first with a single to center, extending his on base streak to 20 games.
The struggling Curtis Granderson, getting the start at centerfield, flied to center for the first out of the inning. Young Jr. then stole second base and advanced to third on an errant throw by Saltalamacchia.
Third baseman David Wright crushed a ball to deep center that was caught by centerfielder Marcell Ozuna, but Young Jr. scored easily from third to give the Mets the early 1-0 lead. Second baseman Daniel Murphy followed with a single to left center.
Right fielder Bobby Abreu lined a shot to right field for his first home run as a Met, putting the Mets up 3-0. It was also his first home run at Citi Field, making it the 34th major league stadium where the 40-year-old veteran outfielder has hit a home run. First baseman Lucas Duda then struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the second third baseman Casey McGehee led off with an infield single to second. Saltalamacchia then struck out swinging. First baseman Garrett Jones singled to left, putting runners at first and second.
Second baseman Derek Dietrich followed with a single to right, scoring McGhee moving Jones to second, making it 3-1 Mets. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and Marlins starting pitcher Kevin Slowey both struck out.
In the bottom of the second Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud led off with a double to right field. Shortstop Omar Quintanilla then flied out to left, moving d'Arnaud over to third. Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia struck out, and Eric Young Jr. grounded out to end the inning, leaving d’Arnaud stranded at third. The Marlins were retired in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the third Curtis Granderson walked to lead off. David Wright struck out, but Daniel Murphy followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second with just one out. Bobby Abreu grounded out to first, but Granderson and Murphy both advanced into scoring position on the play.
Lucas Duda singled to center, scoring both Granderson and Murphy extending the Mets lead to 5-1. Travis d'Arnaud the flied out to left to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the fourth and fifth innings.
Centerfielder Marcell Ozuna started the top of the sixth with a double to left. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a line shot over the right field wall for a home run, making it 5-3 New York.
Casey McGehee singled up the middle and Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked putting runners at first and second with nobody out. Jones lined a ball right at first baseman Lucas Duda for the first out. Duda slid back to the bag but was unable to double off Saltalamacchia.
Derek Dietrich grounded into a fielder’s choice. Daniel Murphy wisely threw to second for the force out Saltalamacchia, the potential tying run, but McGhee advanced to third on the play. Adeiny Hechavarria singled to center scoring McGhee, moving Dietrich over to second, and bringing the Marlins within a run at 5-4. That would be all for Mejia.
In came reliever Carlos Torres to face pinch-hitter Reed Johnson, hitting in place of pitcher Brad Hand.
Hand pitched the fifth inning relieving Marlins starter Kevin Slowey, who was taken out at the end of the fourth. Johnson hit a double that landed in the right field corner bringing in both Dietrich and Hechavarria to give the Marlins their first lead of the night at 6-5. Left fielder Christian Yelich popped out to shortstop to end the Marlins rally.
Bobby Abreu grounded back to the pitcher for the first out, and Lucas Duda grounded to first for out number two. Travis d’Arnaud walked and advanced to second on a passed ball by Saltalamacchia.
Omar Quintanilla hit an infield single to short that Hechavarria threw away, allowing d'Arnaud to score and tie the game at 6-6. Josh Satin was called to pinch-hit for Carlos Torres, and Satin flied out to right to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the seventh and eighth innings.
After getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning, Daisuke Matsuzaka walked Donovan Solano to start the top of the ninth. Solano entered the game in the bottom of the eighth as a defensive replacement for second baseman Derek Dietrich. Christian Yellich laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved Solano over to second. Marcell Ozuna walked and Giancarlo Stanton hit a groundball to shortstop that advanced Ozuna and Solano to scoring position. Dice-K then struck out Casey McGehee to end the Marlins rally. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the ninth and the game went into extra innings.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia started the 10th by lining a shot off Mets closer Kyle Farnsworth. The ball hit the fencing of the left field wall for a home run putting the Marlins ahead 7-6. From there the Marlins were retired in order, Jones struck out swinging, infielder Jeff Baker pinch-hit for the pitcher Mike Dunn, who pitched the ninth. Baker grounded out to shortstop Ruben Tejada who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a fly ball that Bobby Abreu caught in foul ground to end the Marlin’s tenth.
Curtis Granderson grounded out to first to start the bottom of the 10th. David Wright walked and Daniel Murphy was called out on strikes. Murphy was furious at the call and argued with the home plate umpire and was ejected. Bobby Abreu then lined out to Hechavarria to end the game.
Farnsworth took the loss for the Mets, his first decision of the year while Mike Dunn picked up the win for the Marlins. The two teams return to action Sunday afternoon when Mets veteran Dillon Gee squares off against Tom Koehler.
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