Often after big wins, teams suffer a letdown. Well, after beating the Braves three out of four, the Mets bucked that trend and continued their winning ways Friday night against the Marlins.
The Mets mounted a two-out rally in the second. Juan Lagares doubled and scored on a Ruben Tejada single. Zack Wheeler then doubled to deep left to score Tejada to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
They doubled that lead in the third. After David Wright singled, Lucas Duda hit a mammoth home run into the upper deck in right. Duda’s 14th homer, tied for the team lead, made it 4-0.
The Mets showed some sparkling defense in the fourth. With a runner on first and one out, Casey McGehee doubled down the line in left. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was able to dig it out of the corner and fire to Tejada. Tejada’s rely throw was perfect and the runner was out at the plate. With two outs and a runner on third, Garrett Jones bunted down the third base line. Wheeler made a fine play and threw him out at first. Replays showed he might have been safe, but the Marlins chose not to challenge.
The Marlins got on the board in the fifth on a single by Christian Yelich to make it 4-1.
With Daniel Murphy on first, Wright hit a bomb into the second deck in left to give the Mets a 6-1 lead. Wright had four hits on the night.
Nieuwenhuis led off the sixth with a triple and scored on a Juan Lagares single to extend the lead to 7-1.
After 106 pitches through six innings, Terry Collins surprisingly sent Wheeler out for the seventh. He got the first two outs and then was pulled. In 6.2 innings he allowed one run on five hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. He is now 5-8 with a 3.90 ERA.
Mets win 7-1, their fifth win in their last six games.