Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 0
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee tossed eight scoreless innings and Chris Young capped an 11-pitch at-bat against Tom Koehler with a two-run homer as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 4-0, in Sunday’s rubber game at Citi Field.
The Mets (14-11) matched their season high by returning to three games over .500. They went 6-4 on a homestand against Atlanta, St. Louis and Miami. They already have tossed four shutouts this season.
Lucas Duda in the second and David Wright in the fifth produced RBI doubles against Koehler, before Young’s two-run shot staked the Mets to a 4-0 lead. It was only Wright’s fourth extra-base hit this season.
Carlos Torres, working for the sixth time in eight days, completed the shutout.
Gee held the Marlins hitless until Marcell Ozuna’s leadoff single in the fourth.
He produced the longest start by a Mets pitcher this season.
Gee’s line: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. He threw 110 pitches (71 strikes). He has logged at least six innings in 26 of his past 28 starts.
Koehler, a Stony Brook University product, departed trailing 4-0 after five innings. He had limited opponents to two runs or fewer and had completed at least six innings in each of his previous four starts this season.
Odds and ends: The Mets improved to 6-0 in games started by backup catcher Anthony Recker. … Daniel Murphy swiped a base in the seventh. He has now successfully stolen 27 straight, passing Howard Johnson for the second-longest streak in team history. The franchise record belongs to Kevin McReynolds, who successfully stole 33 straight from 1987-89. … Eric Young Jr. stranded five men on base in a two at-bat span while going 0-for-4. His streak of reaching base safely in 20 straight games, longest active in the National League, was snapped. … Curtis Granderson went 0-for-3 with a walk and went 3-for-33 on the homestand despite two walk-off RBIs.
What’s next: The Mets have a day off Monday before opening a two-game series in Philadelphia. Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.