The New York Mets offense came alive Sunday afternoon in an 11-5 blowout of the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Seven of the Mets position players had two hits in the game, including second baseman Daniel Murphy who went 2-5, including a three run homer in the top of the fourth. Mets lefty ace Jonathan Niese picked up his fourth win of the year to even his record to 4-4. Niese threw six innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walking two batters while striking out four. Marlins rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani took the loss dropping to 1-2. DeSclafani gave up seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Both teams were retired in order in the first inning. First baseman Lucas Duda grounded a single into right field to lead off the top of the second. Centerfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis then blasted a ball that hit off the top of the fence in center field. Duda misread the ball, tagged back up at first and raced to third. Nieuwenhuis was forced to hold up at second for a double. Shortstop Ruben Tejada followed with a walk to load the bases. Catcher Anthony Recker skied a ball to centerfielder Marcell Ozuna. Duda tagged up at third and scored to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Nieuwenhuis advanced to third as the throw came into second, holding Tejada at first. With runners at the corners and one out, Jonathon Niese executed a perfect suicide squeeze bunt. Niese was out at first, but Nieuwenhuis scored to make it 2-0 New York. Tejada moved to second on the play. Left fielder Eric Young Jr. flied out to left to retire the side. The Marlins failed to score in the bottom of the second.
Leading off the top of the third right fielder Curtis Granderson lined a single to center. Second baseman Daniel Murphy singled to right, moving Granderson to third. Third baseman David Wright then flied out to center, but Granderson scored to extend the Mets lead to 3-0. Duda flied out to left for the second out, but Nieuwenhuis followed blasting a shot over Giancarlo Stanton’s head in right field for a double. Murphy scored to widen the lead to 4-0 New York. Ruben Tejada flied out to center to retire the side. The Marlins went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.
Catcher Anthony Recker started the top of the fourth with a single to right. Jon Niese attempted to sacrifice himself and advance Recker over to second, but instead hit the ball too hard and Recker was thrown out at second. Eric Young Jr. tried to bunt his way on but hit it right at first baseman Jeff Baker for the second out. Niese moved to second on the play. Granderson followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second. Murphy then launched a shot over the wall and into the shrubbery in right center, stretching the Mets lead to 7-0.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond pulled rookie starter Anthony DeSclafani and in came long reliever Jacob Turner. David Wright grounded out to third to retire the side. Neither team scored for the two and a half innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, catcher Jeff Mathis ripped a double over the head of Curtis Granderson. Jacob Turner sacrificed Mathis to second, and Mathis scored on a double by left fielder Reed Johnson putting the Marlins on the board at 7-1 New York. Shortstop Ed Lucas lined to second for out number two. On a 1-2 pitch Jon Niese threw a cut fastball to Giancarlo Stanton that appeared to nick the corner for strike three ending the inning, but the pitch was called a ball evening the count to two balls and two strikes. Stanton then grounded through the hole between third and shortstop for a single. Johnson scored to make it 7-2 New York. Third baseman Casey McGhee followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second. Marcell Ozuna grounded a ball up through the middle. Daniel Murphy shuffled towards it, but the ball hit off Murphy’s glove and into centerfield. Stanton scored, cutting the Mets lead to 7-3. Jeff Baker walked to load the bases, but second baseman Derek Dietrich struck out swinging to end the inning.
David Wright led off the top of the seventh with a double and Lucas Duda followed with a walk. Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded into a fielder’s choice. Duda was out at second with no relay throw to first against the speedy outfielder. Ruben Tejada singled between third and short scoring Wright to make it 8-3 New York. Anthony Recker then ripped a double off the scoreboard on the left field wall. Nieuwenhuis scored giving the Mets a 9-3 lead, and Tejada landed safely at third on the play. Utility player Eric Campbell pinch-hit for Jon Niese and struck out swinging on a foul tip. Eric Young Jr. then singled up the middle, scoring both Tejada and Nieuwenhuis to stretch the Mets lead even further to 11-3.
Jacob Turner was pulled and Brian Morris entered to put out the fire. Rookie Justin Bour took over at first base, replacing Jeff Baker. Curtis Granderson blasted a pitch to left field. The ball bounced off the warning track, off the sidewall in left and over the fence for a ground rule double. With runners at second and third, Daniel Murphy struck out swinging to retire the side. The Marlins went in order in the bottom of the seventh, both teams failed to score in the eighth and the Mets did not bring home a run in the top of the ninth.
Reliever Gonzalez Germen entered to pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Mets, replacing veteran Carlos Torres who pitched a perfect seventh and eighth innings. Leading off, Marcell Ozuna lined a shot up the middle but Germen snagged the ball with his glove for the first out. Garret Jones followed with a walk. Garret Jones then doubled to right. Jeff Mathis struck out swinging, but Justin Bour lined a double over Curtis Granderson’s head in right, scoring both Jones and Mathis to cut the Mets lead to 11-5. Reed Johnson then lined out to center to end the game.
The Mets travel home on Monday and return to action Tuesday night against the best team in the American League the Oakland Athletics. Veteran Bartolo Colon toes the rubber against his former team, opposing lefty starter Scott Kazmir for the A’s.
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