August 5, 2015: Mets Hold Off Marlins for Sweep
|Date: August 5, 2015|
|Mets starter: Matt Harvey|
|Winning pitcher: Matt Harvey|
|Key player(s): Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe|
|Key play: Cespedes's RBI single, Duda's double and sacrifice fly, Uribe's home run|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Miami. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets survived a ninth-inning rally effort by the Fish for a series-sweeping 8-6 win.
Matt Harvey and the Marlins' David Phelps each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Curtis Granderson singled to lead off the top of the third. Daniel Murphy drew a walk and Yoenis Cespedes hit a single to drive home Granderson. Lucas Duda followed with a double that plated both Murphy and Cespedes. Duda advanced to third base on Juan Uribe's ground out to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and scored on Michael Conforto's sacrifice fly for a 4-0 Mets lead. Phelps threw a called third strike past Kevin Plawecki to close out the inning. Harvey then yielded only a single to Dee Gordon in the bottom half.
Phelps hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Harvey set down the side in order in the bottom of the inning and Murphy doubled against Phelps to begin the top of the fifth. Cespedes popped out to second baseman Gordon and a walk to Duda ensued. Uribe connected for a three-run homer to increase the Mets' lead to 7-0. Miami reliever Chris Narveson got Conforto to ground out to first baseman Justin Bour and retired Plawecki on an inning-ending fly ball to right fielder Ichiro Suzuki. Harvey then pitched a perfect bottom half.
Harvey and Narveson each recorded three strikeouts in scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Tejada hit a two-out double in the top of the eighth. Narveson fanned pinch-hitter Eric Campbell to end the inning and Hechavarria singled against Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell with one out in the bottom half. Jeff Mathis drew a walk and pinch-hitter Casey McGehee's ground out to third baseman Uribe moved the runners to second and third. New York's Eric O'Flaherty then retired Gordon on a line drive to left fielder Conforto to finish off the inning.
Granderson and Murphy got consecutive singles against Miami reliever A. J. Ramos to open the top of the ninth. Cespedes followed with a force play ground ball back to Ramos to send Granderson to third base. Duda hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Granderson and extend the Mets' lead to 8-0. Ramos then got Uribe to ground out to Hechavarria and end the inning.
Derek Dietrich got a leadoff single against O'Flaherty in the bottom of the ninth. Christian Yelich went down on strikes and Bour doubled to drive home Dietrich. Martin Prado got an infield single and Suzuki singled to score Bour. Mets' reliever Hansel Robles struck out Hechavarria and a walk to Mathis loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Miguel Rojas followed with a double that plated Prado, Suzuki and Mathis, trimming the New York lead to 8-5. Robles was then replaced on the mound by the Mets' Jeurys Familia.
Gordon greeted Familia with a single to bring home Rojas for the Marlins' sixth run. After moving to second base on defensive indifference, Gordon went to third on Dietrich's infield single. Familia then retired Yelich on a ground ball to first baseman Duda for the final out of the game. The Mets had held on for a victory and a sweep of the series.