August 3, 2015: Mets Whip Marlins, Enter First Place

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Date: August 3, 2015
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 12
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon
Key play: Conforto’s home run, Cespedes’s two-run doubles, Granderson’s two-run single

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Monday night in Miami. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets took over sole possession of first place in the National League East Division with a 12-1 win.

Marlins’ starter Tom Koehler pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. The Mets Bartolo Colon shut down the Fish in the bottom half and Kelly Johnson reached on first baseman Casey McGehee’s error to lead off the top of the second. Travis d'Arnaud doubled and Michael Conforto connected for his first major league home run for a 3-0 Mets lead. Colon grounded out to catcher J. T. Realmuto and a strikeout of Curtis Granderson followed. Koehler retired Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to left fielder Derek Dietrich for the third out of the inning. Colon then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, Granderson singled against Koehler to begin the top of the fifth. Murphy drew a walk and came around to score with Granderson on a double by Yoenis Cespedes. Lucas Duda was went down on strikes and Wilmer Flores hit a double to drive home Cespedes. Miami reliever Andre Rienzo threw a wild pitch that sent Flores to third. Johnson grounded out to first baseman Justin Bour to plate Flores and increase the Mets’ lead to 7-0. Rienzo retired d’Arnaud on a ground ball to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to end the inning. Colon then set down the side on three straight infield grounders in the bottom half.

Conforto drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth. Colon was struck out and Granderson singled. Murphy flied out to right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and a double by Cespedes brought home Conforto and Granderson. With Duda at bat, Cespedes came around to score on two wild pitches for a 10-0 Mets lead. Duda walked and Rienzo fanned Flores to close out the inning. Colon then retired all three batters in the bottom half.

Johnson drew a walk against Marlins’ reliever Chris Reed to open the top of the seventh. D’Arnaud flied out to Suzuki and singles by Conforto and Colon loaded the bases. Granderson hit a single to score Johnson and Conforto with the Mets’ eleventh and twelfth runs of the game. Cespedes grounded to second baseman Dee Gordon for an inning-ending double play. Colon then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Reed gave up only a single to Johnson in the top of the eighth. Suzuki singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Christian Yelich hit a double that drove home Suzuki with the Marlins’ first run. Colon retired Dietrich on a ground ball to first baseman Duda that ended the inning. The Mets then failed to score after loading the bases against Miami’s Brian Ellington in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Sean Gilmartin retired Cole Gillespie on a fly ball to center fielder Juan Lagares to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Miguel Rojas grounded out to second baseman Flores. Gilmartin then got Tomas Telis to fly out to Lagares and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory that gave them a one-game lead atop the N. L. East standings.