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Mets' offense bails out shaky Gee to win fifth straight

The Mets received contributions from several players as they were able to cover up for an uneven start by Dillon Gee.

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Coming off a sweep of the Phillies, the Mets welcomed the Miami Marlins to Citi Field for a four game series. Dillon Gee took the mound as the Mets looked to get their fifth straight win and push their record to seven wins and three losses in this young season.

He began the game with a quickly recorded an out via a Dee Gordon ground out but ran into trouble as Christian Yelich singled to left field. After Yelich stole second, Giancarlo Stanton opened the scoring for the game with a two-run home run to right field. Despite the rough first inning, Gee settled in. He retired a string of a batters which included one-two-three innings in the second and third. To begin the fourth, he struck out Stanton looking but then surrendered a solo home run to Martin Prado.

After an uneventful fifth inning, Gee ran into more trouble in the sixth inning. He recorded two outs, the first when Dee Gordon was caught stealing, and the second a Yelich ground out, but then Stanton walked, Prado singled, and Michael Morse walked. Gee exited with the bases loaded and two outs. His final line was four earned runs, with seven strikeouts and two walks over five-and-two-thirds innings. Rafael Montero entered the game and walked Marcell Ozuna to force in the Marlins' fourth run.

On the offensive side of the game, the Mets received contributions from players throughout the lineup. Wilmer Flores got the Mets on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run home run to tie the game That drove in Eric Campbell and Juan Lagares, who had preceded Flores's at-bat with two singles. After the Marlins regained the lead in the sixth, the Mets answered with two runs of their own. Lucas Duda stayed hot with a double and then scored on a Michael Cuddyer single. Cuddyer later scored on a sacrifice fly from Campbell.

The seventh inning saw both teams add more runs. For the Marlins, Ichiro Suzuki contributed a pinch-hit triple and then scored on a fielder's choice that was initially called an out, but was overturned after a lengthy review, to tie the game at five. In the bottom half, the Mets added two more runs on Duda and Cuddyer singles to take a two-run lead.

That score would ultimately hold up. Jerry Blevins logged two-thirds of an inning to get the win. He was followed in the eighth by Carlos Torres who struck out two batters over his scoreless inning. Finally, Jeurys Familia closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning to record the save.

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Big winners: Lucas Duda, +39.8% WPA, Michael Cuddyer, +23.1% WPA, Wilmer Flores, +21.8% WPA
Big losers: Rafael Montero, -34.0% WPA, Dillon Gee, -21.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Flores's home run, +29.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Stanton's home run, -18.0% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -35.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: +85.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Lucas Duda