The Mets (66-74) topped the Marlins by the score of 4-3 on Wednesday night in Miami.
The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, when Lucas Duda‘s failure to catch what would’ve been an inning-ending force out allowed a runner from third to score.
In the top of the fourth, Kirk Nieuwenhuis crushed a two-run homer to the second deck in right field to put the Mets ahead 2-1.
Jacob deGrom, who didn’t have his best stuff and also dealt with a number of questionable calls from the home plate umpire, fought through six innings before turning things over to the bullpen.
With two outs, Christian Yelich due up, and a runner on third base in the bottom of the seventh, Terry Collins lifted Buddy Carlyle in favor of Dario Alvarez – who was making his major league debut. Yelich, who has hit .322 against lefties this year (opposed to .282 against righties) tied the game 2-2 when he lined a single to right field off Alvarez.
After Matt den Dekker led off the eighth inning with a bunt hit and Lucas Duda singled him to second, Travis d’Arnaud stroked a run-scoring double to right field to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Later in the frame, Dilson Herrera beat out a would-be inning-ending double play ball as the Mets increased their lead to 4-2. With the bases loaded and two outs, Terry Collins allowed Carlos Torres to hit for himself. Torres struck out.
Giancarlo Stanton opened the bottom of the eighth by hitting a laser of a home run off Torres as the Marlins cut the lead to 4-3.
Jenrry Mejia worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth inning to seal the victory.
- Jacob deGrom tossed 6 solid innings, allowing 1 run (though it should be changed to unearned) on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 6.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a mammoth two-run homer in the fourth.
- Travis d’Arnaud delivered an RBI double.
- Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
- Juan Lagares went 2-for-5.
The Mets are off on Thursday.
They open a three-game series against the Reds on Friday in Cincinnati.