September 14, 2015: Mets Win Eighth in a Row

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Date: September 14, 2015
Mets starter: Logan Verrett
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Hansel Robles
Key player(s): Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud, David Wright
Key play: Cespedes’s and d’Arnaud’s home runs, Wright’s double

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Monday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets recorded their eighth consecutive victory with a 4-3 win over Florida.

Logan Verrett and the Marlins’ Justin Nicolino each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Verrett retired the side in order in the top of the third and Juan Lagares singled to begin the bottom half. David Wright was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Christian Yelich, who followed with a throw to shortstop Miguel Rojas for an out on Lagares and a double play. Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Nicolino then got Juan Uribe to ground out to second baseman Dee Gordon and finish off the inning.

Verrett yielded only a single to Gordon in the top of the fourth. Nicolino set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half and Derek Dietrich singled with one out in the top of the fifth. J. T. Realmuto got a single and Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk to load the bases. Rojas hit a force play grounder to shortstop Wilmer Flores to drive home Dietrich and tie the game at 1-1. Verrett got Nicolino to ground out to second baseman Uribe and end the inning. Nicolino then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Gordon got an infield single against Mets’ reliever Sean Gilmartin to open the top of the sixth. With Yelich at bat, Gordon stole second base. Yelich lined out to left fielder Cespedes and an intentional walk to Martin Prado ensued. Justin Bour was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Michael Cuddyer after which Gordon moved to third. Dietrich and Realmuto got back-to-back singles that plated Gordon and Prado, respectively, for a 3-1 Miami lead. Gilmartin then got Suzuki on a fly ball to Cuddyer that closed out the inning.

Uribe hit a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth. Travis d'Arnaud connected for a two-run homer to tie the game at 3-3. Nicolino retired Cuddyer on a fly ball to right fielder Suzuki to end the inning and Mets’ reliever Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Flores drew a walk against the Marlins’ Kyle Barraclough with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-runner Eric Young stole second base and pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Michael Conforto was retired on a pop-up to first baseman Bour. Wright hit a ground-rule double that scored Young and put the Mets ahead by a run. Cespedes was walked intentionally to load the bases. Barraclough then struck out Uribe to finish off the inning.

Mets’ reliever Addison Reed set down all three batters in the top of the eighth. Miami’s Brian Ellington retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and New York’s Jeurys Familia got Realmuto on a grounder to second baseman Kelly Johnson to start the top of the ninth. Suzuki went down on strikes. Familia then retired Rojas on a ground ball to third baseman Wright for the game’s final out. The Mets had a victory to lengthen their winning streak to eight games.