Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Marlins 7, Mets 6 (10)
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins went to his primary closer in the 10th inning with the score tied. Leadoff batter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then greeted Kyle Farnsworth with an opposite-field home run on a 2-2 fastball.
After Steve Cishek rebounded from Friday's blown save that snapped a streak of 33 straight saves, the Miami Marlins had defeated the New York Mets 7-6 on Saturday night at Citi Field.
The Mets (13-11) had been bidding to move to four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.
Oh, Jenrry: Jenrry Mejia breezed into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead when things rapidly unraveled. Giancarlo Stanton belted a two-run homer and Adeiny Hechavarria produced an RBI single as the Marlins pulled within a run.
With two baserunners and two outs, Collins inserted heavily used Carlos Torres to face pinch hitter Reed Johnson. Johnson dropped a two-run double into the right-field corner as Miami capped a five-run inning and took a 6-5 lead.
Those marked the first inherited runners Torres had allowed to score this season, after stranding five straight.
Mejia’s final line: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Mejia, whose scoreless-inning streak was snapped at 14 2/3 in the second inning, had his ERA swell by a full run and a half, from 1.99 to 3.49.
New York extended its lead to 5-1 in the third inning on Lucas Duda's two-out, two-run single against Marlins starter Kevin Slowey.
The Mets took Mejia off the hook and evened the score at 6 in the bottom of the sixth with an unearned run thanks to a passed ball by Saltalamacchia and a throwing error by Hechavarria at shortstop.
Deep thoughts: Bobby Abreu, in the starting lineup for the second time in three days because Chris Young felt ill, belted a two-run homer in the first inning to stake the Mets to a 3-0 lead.
Abreu's last major league homer came on Sept. 28, 2012, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, against Colorado's Will Harris.
Young entered on a double-switch in the eighth inning.
Yer out: Daniel Murphy was ejected in the bottom of the 10th by plate umpire Seth Buckminster for arguing a called third strike. It was Murphy's second ejection of the season. It left the Mets without enough infielders should the game have gone any further than the 10th inning.
Q for shortstop: Omar Quintanilla made a pair of stellar plays at short. He dived to his left to snare a sharp line drive off the bat of Stanton in the third. Two innings later, Quintanilla fielded Hechavarria’s up-the-middle grounder, spun and fired to first base in time.
What’s next: Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13), a Stony Brook University product, in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. series finale.