The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 4-0 Saturday afternoon. Mets rookie starter Jacob deGrom finally picked up the first win of his major league career, improving to 1-4 on the season.
deGrom tossed seven shutout innings for the Mets, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out seven batters. Tom Koehler took the loss for the Marlins dropping to 4-5 on the year. Koehler went seven innings as well, allowing two runs on four hits, walking three batters while striking out eight batters.
After both teams went scoreless for the first three innings, right fielder Curtis Granderson struck out swinging on a foul tip to lead off the top of the fourth. Second baseman Daniel Murphy flied out to center for the second out. Third baseman David Wright lined a single into right and first baseman Lucas Duda followed with a walk. Centerfielder Chris Young then singled on a soft liner to center. Wright scored to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. On the same play Duda was tagged out between second and third to retire the side.
Centerfielder Jake Marisnick led off the bottom of the fourth with a lazy fly ball to center. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton then reached on a fielding error by David Wright, but was thrown at second by catcher Anthony Recker on an attempted delayed steal. Third baseman Casey McGhee followed with a double to center. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging to end the inning. The Mets were retired in order in the top of the fifth.
First baseman Garret Jones struck out swinging to start the bottom of the fifth. Left fielder Marcell Ozuna followed with a walk and shortstop Ed Lucas singled up the middle to put runners at first and second with one out. Marlins starter Tom Koehler then laid down a sacrifice bunt that allowed both runners to advance to scoring position. The next batter was second baseman Jeff Baker. Baker replaced an injured Rafael Furcal in the top of the fourth, after Furcal pulled his hamstring to end the previous inning. Baker flied out to right to end the inning.
In the top of the sixth left fielder Eric Young Jr. walked to lead off and immediately stole second. Curtis Granderson followed with a walk of his own to put runners at first and second with no outs. Daniel Murphy grounded out to first but Young and Granderson advanced to second and third. David Wright then lined a single to right, Young Jr. scored and Granderson advanced to third, making it 2-0 New York. Lucas Duda grounded into a double play to retire the side. The Marlins failed to score in the bottom of the sixth and neither team scored for the next two innings.
Wright blasted a ball over the head of Giancarlo Stanton in right field for a double leading off the top of the ninth. Duda then launched a home run to right center extending the Mets lead to 4-0. Chris Young singled up the middle. Wilmer Flores flied out to right for the first out, Taylor Teagarden grounded to third, and Young was forced out at second for out number two. Outfielder Bobby Abreu pinch-hit for reliever Jeurys Familia, who pitched a scoreless eighth for the Mets, and struck out swinging to retire the side. Mets closer Jenrry Mejia entered in the bottom of the ninth and Marlins went quietly to end the game.
The Mets look to take the series in the finale of the four game series between the division rivals. Mets lefty ace Jonathon Niese takes the mound for New York against Rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani for the Miami Marlins.