July 11, 2014: Twelve Hits Whip Marlins

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Date: July 11, 2014
Mets starter: Zack Wheeler
Mets: 7
Marlins: 1
Winning pitcher: Zack Wheeler
Key player(s): Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda, David Wright
Key play: Wheeler’s double, Duda’s and Wright’s home runs

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets collected a total of twelve hits in a 7-1 win over Miami.

Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez gave up only a single to David Wright in the bottom half and Wheeler retired the side in order in the top of the second. Juan Lagares doubled with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Ruben Tejada followed with a single that drove home Lagares. Wheeler hit a double to score Tejada for a 2-0 Mets lead. Alvarez then got Curtis Granderson to fly out to center fielder Marcell Ozuna and end the inning.

Wheeler yielded just a double to Adeiny Hechavarria in the top of the third. Wright singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Lucas Duda slugged a two-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Alvarez set down the next two batters to close out the inning and Donovan Solano singled to open the top of the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton flied out to left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a double by Casey McGehee ensued. Trying to score on the hit, Solano was out at home via a relay throw by shortstop Tejada to catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Garrett Jones bunted back to Wheeler for the inning’s final out. Alvarez then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a one-out walk in the top of the fifth. Hechavarria singled and Alvarez went down on strikes in attempting to bunt. Christian Yelich hit a single to score Saltalamacchia and send Hechavarria to third base. Solano was retired on an inning-ending ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy, who singled with one out in the bottom half. Wright homered to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-1. Duda was retired on a line drive to right fielder Stanton. Alvarez then got d’Arnaud to ground out to third baseman McGehee and finish off the inning.

Wheeler shut down the Fish in the top of the sixth. Leading off the bottom half, Nieuwenhuis tripled against Fish reliever Chris Hatcher. Lagares hit a single to bring home Nieuwenhuis with the Mets’ seventh run of the game. Tejada flied out to Stanton and a sacrifice bunt by Wheeler moved Lagares to second base. Hatcher then fanned Granderson for the third out of the inning.

Wheeler and Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin combined for a perfect top of the seventh. Miami’s Dan Jennings yielded only a single to Wright in the bottom half and Edgin struck out Yelich to begin the top of the eighth. New York’s Vic Black got Solano to fly out to right fielder Granderson. Stanton singled and Black retired McGehee on a line drive to center fielder Lagares that ended the inning. Juan hit a single against Marlins’ reliever Kevin Gregg with one out in the bottom half. Gregg then got Tejada on a grounder to Hechavarria for an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia retired Jones on a ground ball to Murphy to begin the top of the ninth. Ozuna grounded out to first baseman Duda. Familia then got Saltalamacchia to ground out to third baseman Wright and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory to start the weekend series.