April 16, 2015: Mets Come Back to Beat Marlins
|Date: April 16, 2015|
|Mets starter: Dillon Gee|
|Winning pitcher: Jerry Blevins|
|Key player(s): Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer|
|Key play: Flores's home run, Duda's and Cuddyer's RBI singles|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Thursday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. The Mets came from behind to defeat Miami, 7-5.
Christian Yelich got a one-out single against Mets' starter Dillon Gee in the top of the first inning. Yelich stole second base and Giancarlo Stanton slugged a home run for a 2-0 Marlins lead. Gee threw called third strikes past Martin Prado and Mike Morse for the inning's final outs and Miami's Jarred Cosart retired the side in order in the bottom half. Gee pitched a perfect top of the second and Daniel Murphy singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Eric Campbell then grounded to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria for an inning-ending double play.
Gee retired the side in order in the top of the third. Cosart surrendered just a walk to Juan Lagares in the bottom half and Prado homered with one out in the top of the fourth, lengthening the Fish lead to 3-0. Morse flied out to right fielder Curtis Granderson and a called third strike was thrown past Marcell Ozuna to close out the inning. Lucas Duda got a one-out double in the bottom half. Michael Cuddyer was struck out and Murphy grounded out to Cosart to end the inning.
Gee set down all three batters in the top of the fifth. Campbell got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Lagares singled and Wilmer Flores connected for a three-run homer to tie the game. Gee went down on strikes and Granderson flied out to center fielder Ozuna. Travis d'Arnaud grounded out to second baseman Dee Gordon to end the inning and the Marlins loaded the bases against Gee with two outs in the top of the sixth. Against Mets' reliever Rafael Montero, Ozuna drew a walk to force home Stanton for a 4-3 Miami lead. Montero then got J. T. Realmuto on a fly ball to Granderson for the inning's third out.
Duda doubled against Cosart to open the bottom of the sixth. Cuddyer hit a single to plate Duda with the tying run and advanced to second base on a throw. Murphy grounded out to Gordon to send Cuddyer to third. Against Marlins' reliever A. J. Ramos, Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Cuddyer and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Ramos then retired Lagares on a grounder to third baseman Prado to close out the inning.
Pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki tripled against Montero with one out in the top of the seventh. Against Mets' reliever Jerry Blevins, Gordon hit a ground ball on which Suzuki scored the tying run via an error by second baseman Murphy (an out had been ruled out initially, but a Fish replay challenge overturned the call.) Blevins got Yelich on a double play ground ball to shortstop Flores that ended the inning and pinch-hitter John Mayberry drew a one-out walk against Miami's Mike Dunn in the bottom half. Mayberry stole second base and Granderson walked. D'Arnaud flied out to left fielder Yelich and a single by Duda scored Mayberry for a 6-5 Mets lead. Against the Marlins' Sam Dyson, Cuddyer singled to drive home Granderson with the seventh New York run of the game. Dyson then got Murphy to ground out to Hechavarria and finish off the inning.
Mets' reliever Carlos Torres yielded just a double to Stanton in the top of the eighth. Dyson hurled a perfect bottom half and New York's Jeurys Familia struck out Realmuto to start the top of the ninth. Hechavarria grounded out to third baseman Campbell. Familia then retired pinch-hitter Reid Brignac on a fly ball to left fielder Mayberry for the game's final out. The Mets had begun the series with a victory.