Miami-The New York Mets looked like they had a win against the Miami Marlins in the bag. The Mets jumped out to an early lead, and starting pitcher Jonathon Niese made it stand up with seven shutout innings. Unfortunately for the Mets, Niese didn't finish the game. The Mets turned the game over to the bullpen in the eighth and it blew up in their faces. The Marlins (17-15) scored four runs over the final two innings to defeat the Mets (16-15) 4-3.
The Mets got out in front early in the first inning. Daniel Murphy started the night off well by smashing a home run into the second deck in right field off of Marlins' starter Nate Eovaldi. Murphy's solo shot was his first home run of the year and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Curtis Granderson added a home run of his own. Granderson's third home run of the year made it 2-0 in favor of the visitors. The Mets added a third run in the top of the fourth when Bobby Abreu hit a sacrifice fly to bring home David Wright.
The lead looked safe with Niese on the mound. Niese was brilliant for the Mets again, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing only five hits and one walk while striking out six. Niese lowered his ERA to 1.82 in the process. The Marlins ran up 108 pitches on Niese over those seven innings, however, and the Mets removed him after seven innings. Daisuke Matsuzaka entered for the eighth and couldn't record a single out. Dice-K ran into immediate trouble by walking the first two men to face him. Giancarlo Stanton drove home the first run with a single, and another run came home after Marlins' third baseman Casey McGehee reached on an error by Mets' shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Matsuzaka then capped off his night by serving up an RBI double to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to tie the game at three.
The Mets got out of the inning by burning closer Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth escaped the eighth with no further damage, but he was removed for the bottom of the ninth. The Mets brought in lefty Scott Rice (0-1, 6.14 ERA) to start the frame, but he committed the cardinal sin of walking the leadoff man, outfielder Christian Yelich. Rice was removed for Gonzalez Germen, who recorded the first out of the inning on a sacrifice. After intentionally walking Stanton, McGehee made the Mets pay by singling home the winning run and completing the comeback for Miami.
This was a bad loss for the Mets, who had the game by the throat heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. The bullpen simply didn't get the job done, and this was just a night where Daisuke Matsuzaka simply didn't have it. The Mets have to be careful not to let a bad loss like this affect them over the next couple of days. The Mets have let one bad loss turn into a five game losing streak far too often in recent seasons, so it will be important for them to forget this happened and move on tomorrow night.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Marlins' third baseman Casey McGehee. McGehee went 2 for 5 and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Marlins' closer Steve Cishek (2-1, 2.08) picked up the win in relief.
- David Wright and Curtis Granderson got two hits a piece.
- The Mets only got two hits from the rest of their team.
The Mets will look to bounce back in the second game of their series with the Marlins tomorrow night. Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65 ERA) and Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28 ERA) will be the starting pitchers. First pitch at Marlins Park is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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