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Final Score: Mets 5, Marlins 3—Logan Verrett good enough as Mets gain ground

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Yoenis Cespedes knocked in two and James Loney added a home run.

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Logan Verrett allowed two runs in five-plus innings as the Mets beat the Marlins 5-3 in Miami.

Yoenis Cespedes drove in two runs on sacrifice flies, Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with an RBI single, and James Loney added insurance in the top of the ninth with a two-run home run that gave the Mets a 5-2 lead at the time.

Jeurys Familia, as has been his wont this season, made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. He allowed a double to Christian Yelich, a walk to Marcell Ozuna, and a single to Martin Prado that narrowed the Mets’ lead to 5-3, but he induced a grounder from Adeiny Hechavarria to end the game. The walk was Familia’s 18th this year in 45.1 innings; he walked just 19 batters in 78 innings last season.

The win brings the Mets to within five games of the NL East-leading Nationals and just a half-game behind the second-place Marlins. The Mets and Marlins meet again on Saturday night at 7:10 PM when Jacob deGrom takes on Jose Fernandez.

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