Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

September, 13, 2013
9/13/13
9:47
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NEW YORK -- That was the type of hit that will help Lucas Duda in his quest to be on the Mets' roster in 2014.

Duda hit a critical three-run shot in the sixth to power the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Citi Field. The Mets trailed 2-1 when Duda's home run put them ahead for good. Duda's roster spot for the 2014 season is not a lock as the team may look to other options at first base.

With the win, the Mets snapped a four-game losing streak, and postponed, at least for one night, their fifth straight losing season. They improved to 65-81.

No solo shot: Coming into the game, 11 of the 12 home runs Duda had hit this year were solo. Duda had just one homer in 15 prior games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas before his go-ahead homer. He finished 1-for-4 and now has 13 homers and 30 RBIs.

Niese effort: Jon Niese pitched a solid game, holding the Marlins to three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He had trouble retiring Giancarlo Stanton, as the Marlins slugger torched him for a pair of solo homers in the second and seventh, but otherwise pitched well. Niese breezed through the first four innings, but the Marlins had better at-bats as the game progressed. He's now 7-7 on the season.

What Brown can do for you: Andrew Brown hit a massive homer to left in the second that tied the game at 1. It was his seventh homer of the season. He finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks.

Up next: The Mets will play a doubleheader against the Marlins on Saturday. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA) faces Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) at 4:10 p.m., while Carlos Torres (3-4, 3.53) opposes Jacob Turner (3-6, 3.43) in the second game.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
13 4.14 136 182
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .820
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173