The Mets beat the Marlins 4-3 Wednesday night as they win the rubber game of the three-game series in Miami.
The Marlins had runners on first and second with no outs in the third but Jacob deGrom was able to get Giancarlo Stanton to ground into a double play. With a runner on third and two outs, Casey McGehee hit an infield chopper. deGrom jumped and it ticked off his glove, slowing it down. Dilson Herrera fielded it and threw to first. The throw was low and Lucas Duda just could not handle it. Replays showed McGehee probably would have been out. It was ruled an infield single and it gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
Travis d’Arnaud walked with two outs in the fourth and then Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a mammoth home run into the second deck in right to give them a 2-1 lead.
deGrom made it through six innings and 114 pitches. He gave up one run on six hits, striking out six and walking two. deGrom took a no-decision but he lowered his ERA to 2.87.
Dario Alvarez made his major league debut in a tight situation in the seventh — a runner on third with two outs. Christian Yelich greeted him with a single on his second pitch to tie the game at two. They were the only two pitches he would throw, as Carlos Torres came on to finish the inning.
Singles by Matt den Dekker and Duda put runners on first and second with one out in the eighth. Travis d’Arnaud came through with a double to right to score den Dekker to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and move Duda to third. Nieuwenhuis was intentionally walked to load the bases. Herrera hit a grounder up the middle on which Adeiny Hechavarria made a great diving stop. The Marlins got the force at second but Herrera beat the throw to first, scoring Duda to extend the Mets lead to 4-2. Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. With a short bullpen (Jeurys Familia was not available after three straight days of work), Torres was allowed to hit for himself. He struck out to end the inning.
Stanton led off the eighth with a line drive home run to left to cut the Mets lead to 4-3. He homered in each game of the series.
Jenrry Mejia came on for the save and walked leadoff batter Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After trying to bunt twice for some reason, Hechavarria hit into a huge double play. Mejia struck out pinch hitter Jeff Baker to end the game.
Mets hold on for the 4-3 win.