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Final Score: Mets 4, Marlin 3 — Fernandez dazzles but Byrd soars in walkoff win

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The Mets were stifled early and often by phenom Jose Fernandez, but still manage to pull out an unlikely rally in the ninth.


Aaron Laffey made his Mets debut and was about as Aaron Laffeyish as could be. The Marlins took an early lead on a pair of two-out hits in the third inning, then tacked on two more in the fourth. Laffey exited with one out in the fifth, having allowed 10 hits and 3 runs, which is not what you might call good.

Laffey's opponent, Jose Fernandez, was Baseball America's #5 prospect and hadn't pitched above A-ball until this afternoon. If he had any nerves about making his first major league start, no one could tell, as he mowed through the Mets' lineup with little trouble for the first four innings. In the fifth, Anthony Recker contributed an RBI double to get the Mets on the board, but that was all Fernandez would permit.

Fernandez exited after five stellar innings, and that seemed like just what the doctor ordered when Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a solo shot. However, though the Mets' bullpen somehow combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings, Murphy's longball was all the damage Mets batters would manage against Miami relievers until an unlikely rally in the ninth.

With one out, Ruben Tejada was nicked by a Steve Cishek. Then, pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis contributed a bloop single, and some alert baserunning combined with the poor arm of Juan Pierre to move Ruben to third and Kirk to second. Marlon Byrd then played hero by zipping a hit through a curiously drawn-in infield to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Full recap to come.

Game Thread Roll Call

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