September 3, 2014: Nieuwenhuis and d'Arnaud Bury Marlins

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Date: September 3, 2014
Mets starter: Jacob deGrom
Mets: 4
Marlins: 3
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Travis d'Arnaud, Dilson Herrera
Key play: Nieuwenhuis’s home run, d’Arnaud’s double, Herrera's RBI force play grounder

The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night in Miami. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Travis d'Arnaud provided clutch hitting to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win.

Jacob deGrom and the Marlins’ Tom Koehler each started the game with two scoreless innings pitched. Koehler set down the side in order in the top of the third and Christian Yelich singled to lead off the bottom half. Donovan Solano hit a single and Giancarlo Stanton grounded to shortstop Ruben Tejada for a double play. Casey McGehee followed with a single to drive home Yelich for a 1-0 Miami lead. DeGrom then struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the inning.

D’Arnaud drew a walk with two outs in the top of the fourth. Nieuwenhuis followed with a home run that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. Koehler threw a called third strike past Dilson Herrera to close out the inning and deGrom pitched a perfect bottom half. Tejada hit a double to lead off the top of the fifth. DeGrom followed with a ground ball on which catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw to third baseman McGehee for an out on Tejada. Juan Lagares hit a force play grounder back to Koehler and a single by Matt den Dekker ensued. Koehler got David Wright on a called third strike to close out the inning and singled to lead off the bottom half. DeGrom then retired the next three Fish batters to finish off the inning.

Koehler shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. DeGrom retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Koehler hurled a perfect top of the seventh. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled against Mets’ reliever Buddy Carlyle with one out in the bottom of the inning. Carlyle retired pinch-hitter Reed Johnson on a ground ball to first baseman Duda that advanced Hechavarria to third base. Yelich hit a single against New York’s Dario Alvarez to score Hechavarria and tie the game at 2-2. The Mets’ Carlos Torres then got Solano to pop out to second baseman Herrera and end the inning.

Den Dekker singled against Marlins’ reliever Mike Dunn to lead off the top of the eighth. Wright was struck out and Duda hit a single. Against Miami’s Bryan Morris, d’Arnaud doubled to drive home den Dekker and put the Mets ahead by a run. Nieuwenhuis was walked intentionally to load the bases and Herrera hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Hechavarria that scored Duda for a 4-2 New York lead. Tejada was hit by a pitch to load the bases once again. Morris then fanned Torres for the inning’s third out.

Stanton homered for the Marlins’ third run to begin the bottom of the eighth. Torres retired the next three hitters to close out the inning and Miami reliever Chris Hatcher pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Saltalamacchia drew a walk against Mets’ reliever Jenrry Mejia to lead off the bottom half. Hechavarria grounded to Herrera for a double play. Mejia then fanned pinch-hitter Jeff Baker for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.