Friday, April 17, 2015

Mets beat Marlins for 5th straight victory

Another wacky game at Citi Field produced another wild win for the Mets, who parlayed Lucas Duda's three-hit night into a 7-5 win over the Marlins. The victory was the fifth straight for the Mets, marking their longest winning streak since 2013.
Twice, the Marlins built early leads, most notably on Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting two-run homer in the first. But the Mets twice tied the game, taking the lead for good on Duda's opposite-field RBI single off left-handerMike Dunn in the seventh.
"We never give up," Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. "We believe that we have a chance to win every single game. Even if we're down, we still think we can win the game. It shows that we're fighting and we believe in ourselves."
Duda stays hot: Already the owner of two extra-base hits in the game, Duda came to the plate in a tie game in the seventh against Dunn, with two men on base and two outs. He promptly served a single into left-center field, improving to 4-for-8 against left-handed pitching. Much was made of Duda's .180 average and .516 OPS against lefties last season, despite his breakout 30-homer campaign. More >
Stanton's record-setting blast: On his 31st at-bat of the season, Stanton connected on his first home run. The blast, a two-run shot in the first inning, gave the 25-year-old sole possession of the Marlins' all-time home run record. Stanton now has 155 homers, passing Dan Uggla (154). More >
Wilmer wills the score even: Mired in one of the deepest early-season slumps of any Mets hitter, Wilmer Flores broke out with a game-tying, three-run homer off Marlins starter Jarred Cosart in the fifth. That shot plated Eric Campbell and Juan Lagares, who singled in succession to open the inning.More >
Ichiro ruled safe: Once Ichiro Suzuki hesitated heading for home, it appeared he would certainly be out at the plate in the seventh inning. Instead, after Dee Gordon grounded to second, Daniel Murphy threw wide to the plate. Ichiro, thinking he would be out, stopped, but the off-line throw gave him wiggle room. After initially being called out, a five-minute, 44-second replay review overturned the call, and Miami tied it at 5. More >
Up against the wall: The Mets found themselves in trouble in the sixth inning, when starter Dillon Gee loaded the bases and reliever Rafael Monterowalked in a go-ahead run. The next batter, J.T. Realmuto, hit a deep fly to right field, where Curtis Granderson caught it and slammed into the wall. By holding onto the ball, Granderson kept the Mets within a run of the lead. More >
"It's all about momentum and execution. That's what the game is. I didn't execute my pitches in the fifth or sixth, and they gained all the momentum. It's on me. We were comfortable, having a three-run lead. Everything was going how we wanted it to go. I was executing my pitches early and lost it there at the end." -- Cosart, on letting the lead slip away
"Pitching, we've got to be able to put up some zeroes. We've got to get a starter through the fifth inning, that's big too." -- Miami manager Mike Redmond
"That's my stubbornness. I was stupid. He goes 3-0, I throw a fastball, and then on 3-1, I'm like, 'OK, maybe I can get him out.' It was a dumb pitch." --Gee, on Stanton's two-run homer
Stanton not only set the Marlins' all-time home run record, he also continued a string of homering in four straight games against New York.
Along with the replay review involving Ichiro, the Mets received a break in the top of the fifth, when first-base umpire Lance Barksdale ruled Realmuto safe on a ground ball to second base. Following a one-minute, 46-second review, umpires overturned the call, helping Gee achieve a 1-2-3 inning.
Marlins: With Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) on the DL,David Phelps will fill the rotation spot against the Mets on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. With the Yankees last year, Phelps appeared in 32 games and made 17 starts.
Mets: The Mets will begin a third turn through their starting rotation withBartolo Colon starting. Though Colon's RBI single stole the show in his last outing, he has quietly anchored New York's pitching staff with a 2-0 record and 2.77 ERA.

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