- Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com
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MIAMI -- The bats came alive for the Mets on Sunday at Marlins Park.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis produced a pair of early doubles in his first start since returning from Triple-A and Daniel Murphy slugged a three-run homer that chased Anthony DeSclafani in the fourth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 11-5.
The Mets (35-41) won three of four in the series.
Seven Mets produced at least two hits. The last time the Amazin's had seven players with multi-hit games: Aug. 19, 2013 at Minnesota, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jonathon Niese (4-4) earned his first win in exactly a month.
Daniel Murphy rounds the bases after his three-run homer staked the Mets to a 7-0 lead in the fourth.
The southpaw took a 7-0 lead into the sixth, when Curtis Granderson misplayed Jeff Mathis’ leadoff fly ball into a double and Murphy could not handle a two-out smash from Marcell Ozuna, which was ruled an RBI single. Niese surrendered three runs in the inning but stranded the bases loaded by striking out Derek Dietrich to maintain a four-run lead.
Niese’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He threw 87 pitches.
Niese had been 0-1 in his past five starts despite producing a 2.61 ERA during that span. He has now limited opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 19 straight starts, the longest active streak in the majors.
The 11 runs produced by the Mets matched the second most this season. The Mets posted 12 at Yankee Stadium on May 13.
The Mets’ 17 hits matched their season high, also done May 3 at Colorado.
The 24-year-old rookie DeSclafani, a native of Howell, N.J., surrendered seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Wright stuff: David Wright’s third-inning sacrifice fly gave him an RBI for the sixth straight game. That streak is one shy of Wright’s career high for RBIs in consecutive games. He drove in a run in seven straight games in June 2010.
Wright’s seventh-inning double extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Kirk beams shots: Nieuwenhuis, who had not started a major league game since April 23, nearly homered in each of his first two at-bats. In the second inning, he doubled off the top of the left-center wall by the home-run sculpture at Marlins Park and scored on Niese’s squeeze bunt. Nieuwenhuis then produced a run-scoring double off the top of the right-center wall in the third.
Nieuwenhuis actually had doubles in four straight major league at-bats -- all against Miami.
He doubled as a pinch hitter on Friday to lead off the ninth, setting up the play in which he ultimately was thrown out by Ozuna at the plate for the game’s final out. He also doubled in his final at-bat of his last tour of duty with the Mets, on April 25. That double immediately preceded Granderson’s walk-off single as the Mets rallied for a 4-3 win and snapped Steve Cishek’s consecutive saves streak at 33.
What’s next: The Mets take a day off Monday, then have a two-game homestand against the Oakland Athletics. The A’s, who originally listed Sonny Gray as Tuesday’s starter, will push him back to Saturday to provide extra rest. Ex-Mets left-hander Scott Kazmir now lines up against former A’s right-hander Bartolo Colon in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Zack Wheeler now opposes Brad Mills on Wednesday.
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