April 18, 2015: Mets Survive Marlins Rally

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Date: April 18, 2015
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 5
Marlins: 4
Winning pitcher: Jacob deGrom
Key player(s): Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
Key play: Lagares's single, d'Arnaud's and Flores's home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the third of four games in a series. The Mets fought off a late Miami rally attempt for a 5-4 win.

Mets' starter Jacob deGrom gave up only a bunt single to Dee Gordon in the top of the first inning. The Marlins' Mat Latos yielded just a double to Lucas Duda in the bottom half and deGrom set down the side in order in the top of the second. Eric Campbell got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Campbell stole second base and came home on a single by Juan Lagares for a 1-0 Mets lead. Latos then struck out Wilmer Flores and retired deGrom on a line drive to first baseman Mike Morse for the inning's third out.

Adeiny Hechavarria singled with one out in the top of the third. Hechavarria moved to second base on Latos's sacrifice bunt and to third on an infield single by Gordon. DeGrom struck out Christian Yelich to end the inning and Travis d'Arnaud slugged a home run with one out in the bottom half, increasing the Mets' lead to 2-0. Latos then fanned both Duda and Michael Cuddyer for the final outs of the inning.

DeGrom hurled a perfect top of the fourth. The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the bottom half and Jacob retired all three Fish batters in the top of the fifth. Latos set down the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and Gordon got a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Yelich singled and Giancarlo Stanton was struck out. DeGrom retired Martin Prado on a pop-up to first baseman Duda that closed out the inning and Cuddyer doubled against Miami reliever Jose Urena to begin the bottom half. Cuddyer went to third base on Daniel Murphy's ground out to shortstop Hechavarria and scored on a single by Campbell. Lagares fouled out to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a two-run homer by Flores lengthened the New York lead to 5-0. Urena then got deGrom to ground out to second baseman Gordon and finish off the inning.

DeGrom yielded only a single to Marcell Ozuna in the top of the seventh. Urena hurled a perfect bottom half and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker drew a walk against Mets' reliever Sean Gilmartin to open the top of the eighth. Gordon doubled to drive home Baker with the Marlins' first run of the game. Gilmartin struck out Yelich and was replaced on the mound by New York's Buddy Carlyle, who fanned Stanton and retired Prado on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Campbell. Miami's Brad Hand then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Morse homered against Mets' reliever Carlos Torres to lead off the top of the ninth, cutting the New York lead to 5-2. Ozuna hit a single and pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki was called out on strikes. Hechavarria hit a single and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third base. Pinch-hitter J. T. Realmuto went down on strikes and Gordon singled for his fifth hit, sending home Ozuna and Hechavarria with the third and fourth runs for the Fish. New York's Alex Torres then struck out Yelich to end the game. The Mets had survived and held on for a victory.