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Juan Lagares exits with a bruised thumb in Mets win

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Lagares hurt his hand on a crucial diving catch.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Though his team was trailing at the time, Juan Lagares's glove may have won the Mets their game with the Marlins on Saturday afternoon. Down 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, a line drive off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki at first glance appeared destined to extend Miami's lead to three.

Instead, Lagares sped into shallow left-center, dove, and plucked the liner out of mid-air just inches from the ground to end the threat and the inning. The Mets tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to win the second game of the series 6-4 after taking the first 6-2.

Lagares's crucial catch came with a catch of its own, however—he was removed in the eighth inning with a bruised thumb that he sustained on the game-saving play. Though he singled and stole a base in the seventh, Lagares gave way to pinch hitter Matt Reynolds, who responded by giving the Mets the lead with his first career RBI.

"I just felt a little weird," Lagares said after the win of his difficulty holding a bat. The Mets were unable to find a doctor to inspect Lagares on Saturday. He is not in Sunday's starting lineup and is reportedly scheduled to have his thumb examined.

With Yoenis Cespedes also ailing (though available to pinch hit), Alejandro De Aza will start in center field on Sunday.