Jose Reyes continued to rake and Seth Lugo pitched six strong innings in his third career start as the Mets topped the Marlins, 7-4. The Mets’ third baseman collected four hits, one of them a double, for his fourth game of three hits or more in three weeks.
Lugo, the 26-year-old rookie, ran into some early trouble in the form of a first-inning, two-run dinger off the bat of Christian Yelich. But the righty bounced back, surrendering two hits and no runs after the initial frame. In six innings, Lugo held Miami to two runs, five hits, a walk, and a hit batsman, striking out four.
The Mets responded in the bottom of the first, putting up three runs with a two-run homer from Asdrubal Cabrera and an RBI single from Wilmer Flores. Curtis Granderson came off the bench to pinch-hit for Lugo in the bottom of the seventh, hitting a solo home run to start the frame. An inning and an Alejandro De Aza RBI single later, Grandy crushed a two-run jack to give the Mets a five-run lead.
Jim Henderson got knocked around for two runs in the ninth before Jeurys Familia came in for the final out, striking out Marcel Ozuna on three pitches for his 43rd save of the season.
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