April 25, 2014: Comeback in 9th Stuns Marlins

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Date: April 25, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Jeurys Familia
Key player(s): Omar Quintanilla, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Quintanilla’s single, Nieuwenhuis’s double, Granderson’s single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win over Miami.

Zack Wheeler and the Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Wheeler struck out the side in order in the top of the third and Eric Young singled to open the bottom half. Eric Young stole second base and advanced to third after Curtis Granderson’s fly out to center fielder Marcell Ozuna. David Wright hit a single to drive home Eric Young and came around to score on Daniel Murphy’s double for a 2-0 Mets lead. Murphy stole third and Chris Young grounded out to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Alvarez then got Lucas Duda to fly out to Ozuna and finish off the inning.

Wheeler yielded only a single to Giancarlo Stanton in the top of the fourth. Alvarez hurled a scoreless bottom half and Derek Dietrich drew a walk to lead off the top of the fifth. Hechavarria went down on strikes and Alvarez’s sacrifice bunt moved Dietrich to second base. Dietrich went to third on a wild pitch and Christian Yelich walked. Ozuna hit a single to bring home Dietrich and reduce the Mets’ lead to 2-1. Wheeler retired Stanton on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Granderson. Alvarez then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Casey McGehee singled to begin the top of the sixth. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was struck out and Garrett Jones hit a single to advance McGehee to third base. Wheeler fanned both Dietrich and Hechavarria for the inning’s final outs and Alvarez gave up only a single to Travis d'Arnaud in the bottom half. Mets’ reliever Gonzalez Germen retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Miami’s Dan Jennings then set down all three hitters in the bottom half.

Germen recorded strikeouts of Stanton and McGehee to start the top of the eighth. Saltalamacchia and Jones followed with back-to-back home runs to put the Fish ahead, 3-2. Gonzalez fanned Dietrich to close out the inning and Marlins’ reliever A. J. Ramos pitched a perfect bottom half. New York’s Jeurys Familia then yielded just a single to Hechavarria in the top of the ninth.

Duda singled against Miami reliever Steve Cishek to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. A sacrifice bunt by d’Arnaud moved Duda to second base and pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu lined out to left fielder Yelich. With the Mets down to their final out, Omar Quintanilla hit a single to score Duda and tie the game at 3-3. Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a double to center field. Granderson singled to bring home Quintanilla with the winning run. The Mets had an amazing come-from-behind victory.

Notes

  • The win for Familia was his first in the major leagues.
  • In the bottom of the second inning, d’Arnaud recorded the first stolen base of his career.
  • This was Cishek’s first blown save after 33 straight successful save opportunities.