Rafael Montero started for the Mets, and Dee Gordon greeted him with a lead off double. He would be driven in by Marcell Ozuna later that inning, and the Marlins would never lose their lead for the rest of the game. In the third, Christian Yelich walked and stole second, and then scored on another Ozuna single. The next batter was Justin Bour, who hit a two-run home run to put the Marlins up 4-0.
In the fourth, Giancarlo Stanton would drive in Miguel Rojas with a single, and while Montero would finish that inning, that would be all for him after just 78 pitches. Over his four innings, he gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out two.
Jose Urena started for the Marlins, and was effective and efficient, throwing 107 pitches over the course of his afternoon. He did not walk a batter, struck out three, and gave up seven hits over his eight innings of work. The lineup the Mets trotted out today was about as far from the projected lineup they had going into this year as possible, with only Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes representing the team as of Opening Day.
In the top of the fifth, Kevin Plawecki singled and, after two outs, was moved over to third by Travis Taijeron. Travis d’Arnaud then pinch hit for Montero, and singled in Plawecki with New York’s first run.
Two innings later, Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run off of Urena for the Mets’ second and final run of the game. That made it 5-2 after seven innings.
After scoreless appearances by Chris Flexen and Kevin McGowan, Erik Goeddel started the eighth for the Mets, and got hit hard over his one third on an inning. The first two batters against him, A.J. Ellis and Rojas, would both hit home runs. Goeddel got Ichiro Suzuki too ground out, before a Gordon single and Stanton’s 56th home run of the year put the Marlins up 9-2. Tommy Milone came in and got out of the eighth without further damage.
In the ninth, Plawecki walked and Phillip Evans singled, but a throwing error by Brian Anderson allowed each runner to move up a base. Marlins reliever Chris O’Grady escaped without a run scoring however, striking out Taijeron to end the game.
The Mets have Thursday off, before welcoming the Nationals to Citi Field for their final three game series against the division leaders. Jacob deGrom will start for the New York against an undetermined pitcher for Washington.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: None
Big losers: Rafael Montero, -25.3% WPA, Norichicka Aoki, -10.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: The third inning single by Phillip Evans
Teh sux0rest play: Justin Bour’s two-run home run in the fourth inning
Total pitcher WPA: -24.5% WPA
Total batter WPA: -25.5% WPA
GWRBI!: Justin Bour