In a seesaw game full of errors, the Marlins defeated the Mets by a score of 9-6 on Labor Day in Miami.
Zack Wheeler took the hill for New York and only lasted 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks. He also fanned eight batters.
Opposing pitcher Henderson Alvarez surrendered four runs — three earned — in his 2.1 innings before exiting the game with an oblique injury.
Sep 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherZack Wheeler
(45) throws the ball against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Marlins took the lead quickly in the first when MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo shot, his 34th of the year.
New York cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when rookie Dilson Herrera hit his first career home run. Then, with runners on first and third, David Wright singled to score Wilmer Flores. Ozuna made an errant throw for an error, though, that allowed both Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson to score and make it 4-2.
That would be all for starting pitcher Alvarez, who departed the game with a left oblique strain.
Miami tagged Wheeler for three runs in the fifth. With a man in scoring position and two out, Casey McGehee hit an RBI double, and Garrett Jones singled him in to tie the game at 4. Wheeler was unable to finish the inning, getting relieved by Buddy Carlyle, who promptly gave up an RBI single to Ozuna.
The Marlins tied it at 6, however, on a Christian Yelich RBI single in the bottom of the frame, and in the eighth, they took the lead for good. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled off reliever Jeurys Familia, and his throwing error put runners on the corners with nobody out. Familia then threw a wild pitch to plate a run. Donovan Solano‘s sacrifice bunt resulted in another error by Familia and another run.
He was replaced by Erik Goeddel — making his major league debut — who walked McGehee with the bases loaded to make it 9-6.