Miami-Runs are usually hard to come by for the New York Mets. The Mets had failed to score more than three runs in a game in over a week before they scored four to beat the Miami Marlins Saturday night. The Mets built on their strong offensive showing today, piling up 11 runs as they defeated the Marlins (37-38) 11-5.
The Mets (35-41) got started in the second inning, when they got two men on with one out. Anthony Recker drove in the first run of the afternoon with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 in favor of the Mets. Pitcher Jonathon Niese came up next and shocked the Marlins with a suicide squeeze. Kirk Nieuwenhuis charged down the third base line to score and it was 2-0 in favor of the visitors. The Mets got two more runners on in the third inning and David Wright added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, and Nieuwenhuis doubled home Daniel Murphy to make it 4-0. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth when Daniel Murphy drilled a three homer off of Marlins' starter Anthony DeSclafani to make it 7-0. The Mets tattooed DeSclafani (L, 1-2) for seven runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings of work.
The Mets looked set to cruise to a victory, but the Marlins were able to close the gap in the sixth inning. The Marlins started the inning with a double from Jeff Mathis and sacrificed him over to third. Reed Johnson then hit a double off of Mets' starter Jonathon Niese to bring home Mathis for the first Marlins run. Ed Lucas lined out for the second out, but Giancarlo Stanton delivered an RBI single to make it 7-2. Niese then walked Casey McGehee before giving up a single to Marcell Ozuna that skipped under Murphy's glove. The score was 7-3, and Niese got himself into deeper trouble by walking Jeff Baker to load the bases. Niese got out of the jam, however, by striking out Derek Dietrich to end the inning.
The Mets weren't fazed by the outburst, adding four runs of their own in the seventh to blow the game open again. RBI singles from Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker made it 9-3, while a two run single from Eric Young Jr made it 11-3. The Marlins picked up two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Gonzalez Germen to complete the scoring.
Player(s) of the Game:
Today's Players of the Game are the New York Mets' starting lineup. The Mets scored 11 runs on 17 hits and drove in six of the runs with two outs, a clutch performance all around.
Post Game Notes:
- Niese (W, 4-4) picked up the win, tossing six innings of three run ball. Niese scattered six hits and two walks while striking out four on the afternoon.
- Niese has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 19 consecutive starts.
- Every Met regular position player had at least two hits on the afternoon, while Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda led the team with three hits each.
- The Mets finished their seven game road trip with a 4-3 record.
The Mets will fly back to New York after today's game. They will be off tomorrow before opening a two game series with the Oakland A's at Citi Field. The A's (47-28 entering Sunday's action) will be a stiff challenge for the Mets, as they will carry the best record in baseball into the game. The Mets will send Bartolo Colon (7-5, 3.88 ERA) to the mound, while the A's will counter with former Mets farmhand Scott Kazmir (9-2, 2.08 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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