New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 5-4 in a seesaw game at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon. Reliever Vic Black picked up the win for the Mets improving to 2-2 on the year. Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka went six innings, allowed four runs on four hits, walked four and struck out 10 batters.
Marlins lefty reliever Mike Dunn took the loss dropping to 7-5 on the season. Marlins starter Tom Koehler lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on two hits, walked and struck out four batters each. Koehler no-hit the Mets through the first four innings. Mets closer Jenrry Mejia notched his 10th save of the season. Outfielder Chris Young was the star of the game; hitting a pinch-hit two run shot in the bottom of the seventh to re-tie the game 4-4.
Opens up after scoreless start
After a scoreless first two innings, Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria led off the top of the third with a double to left. Tom Koehler laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Hechavarria to third. Left fielder Christian Yellich followed with a walk. Second baseman Donovan Solano then grounded a ball that hit off David Wright’s glove at third base and into left field. Hechavarria scored to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging for the second out. Daisuke Matsuzaka then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Yellich to advance to third. Third baseman Casey McGehee struck out swinging to retire the side. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the third, and both teams went in order in the fourth inning.
Adeiny Hechavarria tried to bunt his way for a base hit to start the top of the fifth, but popped up the ball right to Lucas Duda at first for the first out. Tom Koehler struck out swinging for out number two. Christian Yellich then launched a shot over the fence in center for a home run, making it 2-0 Miami. Donovan Solano struck out swinging to retire the side.
The lead gets cut
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis lined a ball into the gap in left center for a double. Juan Lagares grounded out to second for the first out, but d’Arnaud scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Shortstop Ruben Tejada then laid down a suicide squeeze bunt. Nieuwenhuis broke for the plate and scored to tie the game 2-2. Tejada reached safely on a throwing error by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out swinging and right fielder Curtis Granderson flied out to center to end the inning.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton grounded out to third leading off the top of the sixth. Casey McGehee followed with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud. First baseman Garret Jones hit a ball slicing away from center field and into left center. Juan Lagares dove, but could not field the ball cleanly and McGehee scored to retake the lead for the Marlins 3-2. Jones landed safely at second with a double. Marcell Ozuna then hit a liner towards right. Curtis Granderson misjudged the ball and it went over his head for a double, scoring Jones to extend the Marlins lead to 4-2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging for the second out. Adeiny Hechavarria was intentionally walked, and Tom Koehler struck out swinging to retire the side. Neither team scored for the next inning.
Closing out home stand
In the bottom of the seventh, Juan Lagares grounded out to first for out number one. Ruben Tejada followed with a walk. Chris Young pinch-hit for Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Marlins made a pitching change, replacing Tom Koehler with veteran reliever Mike Morris. Chris Young then hooked a shot into the stands in the left field corner to re-tie the game 4-4. Curtis Granderson followed with a soft liner into right, but second baseman Daniel Murphy grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Marlins failed to score in the top of the eighth.
David Wright led off the bottom of the eighth with a strike out swinging. Marlins Manager Mike Redmond pulled Byran Morris and in came lefty reliever Mike Dunn. Lucas Duda grounded out to second for out number two. Travis d’Arnaud lined a ball down the left field line for a double. Utility player Eric Campbell pinch-hit for Kirk Nieuwenhuis and hit a soft line drive to center for a base hit. d’Arnaud scored to give the Mets their first lead of the afternoon 5-4. Juan Lagares struck out swinging to end the inning. The Marlins went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to end the game.
The Mets look to close out their home stand by sweeping the Marlins Sunday afternoon. Rookie starter Jacob deGrom toes the rubber for the Mets against veteran starter Brad Hand for the Marlins.
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