On Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, Dillon Gee and the Mets shut out the Marlins by a score of 4-0 — ending their homestand with a winning record.
Gee, who carried a no-hitter through the first three innings, pitched deeper into the game than any New York starter has this season. He ended the day after eight innings with three hits and four walks allowed, along with six strikeouts. Carlos Torres, who has now pitched in 14 games this season, threw a scoreless ninth to bring the Mets to three games over .500, at 14-11.
The Mets only had six hits during the game, but managed to have some clutch hitting off Miami’s Tom Koehler. In the second, after Daniel Murphy walked and Chris Young was hit by a pitch, Lucas Duda hit a ground-rule double to bring home the first run of the game. After Duda’s RBI, the Mets have now held a lead 22 times in their 25 games. Then, in the fifth, David Wright drove in Curtis Granderson with a double to left. Two batters later, Young hit a two-run home run to bring the team’s lead to 4-0.
Overall, the Mets went 6-4 on this homestand behind solid starting pitching: a combined 2.49 ERA with just under 6 2/3 innings pitched per start.
In Gee’s last 28 starts, he has a 2.75 ERA and has pitched at least six innings in 26 of them.
Murphy stole his eighth base of the season, and has now stolen 27 in a row without being caught, dating back to last year. This is good for second on the franchise record list. He also has a nine-game hitting streak.
The Mets are now 6-0 in games that catcher Anthony Recker has started.
Young’s power bat is starting to warm up, as he now has two home runs in his last nine at-bats.
Eric Young Jr.’s streak of reaching base safely in 20 straight games ended today.
The team is currently tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL Wild Card lead. They are also on pace to win 91 games.
The Mets will have an off-day tomorrow as they travel to Philadelphia to begin a nine-game road trip. Jon Niese (1-2, 2.45 ERA) will take on Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00 ERA) on Tuesday night at 7:10 PM in a two-game series.