New York-The New York Mets have felt like a different team over the last week and a half. The Mets have been playing inspired baseball, rallying from early deficits and getting clutch hits unlike earlier in the season. The Mets have also found a way to hit at home, which has been a big problem for them for years. The Mets (44-50) were able to continue the positive trends today, rallying to defeat the Miami Marlins (44-49) 5-4.
The Marlins gained an early lead in the third on a fielder's choice from Donovan Solanno, and picked up another run in the fifth on a solo home run from Christian Yelich (8). The Marlins 2-0 lead would last only until the bottom of the inning, when the Mets rallied against Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. Koehler had held the Mets hitless over the first four innings, but the Mets finally got into the hit column with a Travis d'Arnaud single, and a double by Kirk Nieuwenhuis got the Mets in business. Juan Lagares brought the first run home with an RBI groundout, and the Mets tied the game on a suicide squeeze from Ruben Tejada.
Mets' starter Daisuke Matsuzaka couldn't hold the lead for long. In the top of the sixth, Dice-K walked Casey McGehee before giving up an RBI double to Garrett Jones to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead. Marcell Ozuna followed with a double of his own to push the Marlins' lead to 4-2. The lead would remain the same until the seventh, when Tejada drew a walk and Terry Collins sent Chris Young up to pinch hit. After a pitching change, Young cranked a two run homer to left field to tie the game at four. The Mets would gain the lead the next inning when Eric Campbell delivered a pinch hit RBI single off Marlins' lefty Mike Dunn (L, 7-5) to put the Mets up 5-4. The Mets would then hand their lead to Jenrry Mejia, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 10th save of the year.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Mets' catcher Travis d'Arnaud. d'Arnaud went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a walk. d'Arnaud has been on a tear since he was recalled from Las Vegas last month, raising his batting average to .217 in the process.
Post Game Notes:
- Vic Black (W, 2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win in relief.
- The Mets won in spite of collecting only six hits on the day.
- The Mets are now 7-2 in the first nine games of their home stand.
- The Mets are now 24-23 at Citi Field this season, the first time that the Mets have had a winning home record in 2014.
- The Mets are now .5 games behind the Marlins for third place in the National League East.
The Mets will wrap up their home stand and the first half of the season as they look for the series sweep against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon. Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA) will look to pick up his third win for the Mets, while the Marlins will counter with lefty Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 1:10 pm.
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