The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Mets ace Dillon Gee dazzled, throwing eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits, walking four batters, while striking out six.
Gee improved his record to 2-1 on the year and dropped his ERA to 2.88 on the season. Marlins’ pitcher Tom Koelher took the loss and is now 2-2 this season. Third baseman David Wright and centerfielder Chris Young were the stars of the game. Wright hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, and made a sensational sliding over the shoulder catch in foul ground for an out in the top of the fourth. Young hit a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Wright, that extended the Mets lead to 4-0.
Both the Marlins and the Mets were retired in order in the first inning. After Marlins third baseman Casey McGhee fouled out to Mets catcher Anthony Recker, Dillon Gee walked Saturday’s hero, Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Gee struck out first baseman Garret Jones, and induced a lazy fly ball by Derek Dietrich to right, to retire the Marlins in the second.
In the bottom of the second inning, second baseman Daniel Murphy led off with a walk. Koelher hit Chris Young on the elbow, moving Murphy over to second and placing Young at first. First baseman Lucas Duda then ripped a ball down the left field line. The ball bounced up over the sidewall in left for a ground rule double, scoring Murphy and giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Anthony Recker struck out swinging for the first out and shortstop Ruben Tejada fisted a ball right at Derek Dietrich for out number two. Dillon Gee walked to load the bases for left fielder Eric Young Jr. who grounded out to second, ending the inning.
Neither team scored in the third inning. Centerfielder Miguel Ozuna started the fourth inning with a single to left center. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton grounded into a fielder’s choice and Ozuna was forced out at second. Casey McGhee hit a pop up in foul ground on the third base side. David Wright made a spectacular sliding catch to get the out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked to put runners at first and second with two outs, but Garret Jones struck out swinging to retire the side.
In the bottom of the fourth Lucas Duda walked to start the inning. Anthony Recker hit a pop up into foul ground on the first base side that Garret Jones caught for the first out. Ruben Tejada singled up the middle, advancing Duda over to second. Dillon Gee laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to second and third with two outs. Eric Young Jr. then slapped a shot off the pitcher’s mound that Marlin’s shortstop Adieny Hechavarria snagged and then threw out the speedy outfielder at first for the Mets third out.
The Marlins went 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Curtis Granderson started the bottom half of the fifth with a walk. David Wright then crushed a pitch off the left field wall for a double. The ball briefly was stuck under the wall, allowing Granderson to easily score, making it 2-0 New York. Daniel Murphy grounded out to first, but Wright advanced to third on the play. Chris Young lined a hook shot down the left field line that just went foul. On a 3-2 pitch on the same at-bat Young blasted a shot to left for a home run extending the Mets lead to 4-0. Lucas Duda then lined a ball to right but directly at Giancarlo Stanton for the second out. Anthony Recker grounded to second for the last out of the inning. That would be all for Marlins starter Tom Koelher. The young right-hander went five innings, allowed four runs on five hits, walking four batters and striking out four.
Neither team scored in the sixth inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia started the top of the seventh with an infield single to third. Garret Jones singled to center, advancing Saltalamacchia to second. Derek Dietrich hit a dribbler in front of home plate and Recker forced Saltalamacchia out at third on the throw. Adeiny Hechavarria then grounded into a double play to retire the side.
After Curtis Granderson flied out and David Wright struck out, Daniel Murphy reached first on an error by Jones. Murphy then stole second base, his fifth of the season and 27th consecutive successful attempt dating back to last season. Chris Young failed to bring in Murphy, striking out to end the inning.
The Mets and Marlins were retired 1-2-3 in the eighth inning. Pitcher Carlos Torres entered the game in the ninth for the Mets, relieving Dillon Gee after eight stellar innings. Torres retired the Marlins in order to end the game.
Sunday afternoon was the final game in a successful home stand for the Mets, going 6-4. After an off day Monday the Mets return to action against division rival the Philadelphia Phillies. Lefty veteran Jonathon Niese takes on his counterpart in fellow lefty veteran Cole Hamels Tuesday at Philadelphia.
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