The New York Mets (43-50) defeated the Miami Marlins (44-48) by a score of 7-1 in their series opener Friday night at Citi Field. The Mets improved to 6-2 in their last eight and pulled even to .500 at home on the year, as they continue to produce runs in their cavernous ballpark.
- The Mets jumped out to an early lead, scoring on a pair of unexpected RBI hits in the bottom of the second. First Ruben Tejada singled home Juan Lagares, followed by a RBI double from Zack Wheeler, helping his own cause.
- Lucas Duda pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third, belting a two-run shot to deep right, his fourteenth of the season and extending his team-leading RBI total to 48.
- David Wright had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three singles and a two-run bomb in the fifth inning for his eighth homer of the season. With the effort, Wright extended his RBI count to 46 and is now batting .285 on the season.
- The Mets got six runs off Marlins ace Henderson Alvarez (L, 6-4) who had a rare rough outing, allowing eight hits in just five innings. It was the first time in eleven starts that Miami failed to win a game started by Alvarez who fell to 5-2 lifetime against the Amazins
- Zack Wheeler (W, 5-8) beat the Marlins for the third time this season, tossing 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on a fifth inning RBI single by Christian Yelich. Wheeler surrendered just five hits and two walks en route to the victory, striking out six.
- Despite the huge lead, Terry Collins dug deep into the bullpen, using Josh Edgin, Vic Black and Jeurys Familia to secure the win. The trio combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit, with Edgin striking out one.
- Juan Lagares accounted for the final run, with a RBI single that scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the seventh inning. Nieuwenhuis just missed a homer of his own, tripling off the wall in deep center.
- Captain Kirk also made a terrific defensive play in the game, starting a 7-6-2 relay that saw Tejada gun down Donovan Solano at home on a Casey McGehee double to deep left.
What's on Deck
- The two teams continue their three-game weekend series Saturday afternoon at Citi Field when Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) faces Bronx native and Stony Brook product Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM with a post-game concert by Huey Lewis and the News to follow.
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