Wilmer Flores has arrived. He had the best night of his career Tuesday night — hell, he might have had the best night of any Mets hitter this season — as the Mets crushed the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Marlins jumped out to the lead in the third, courtesy of a double, sacrifice bunt and ground out.
The Mets broke through against Nathan Eovaldi in the fourth. Travis d’Arnaud doubled with one out and was still standing there with two outs. Flores doubled off the wall in left to tie the game at one. He came around to score on a Curtis Granderson single to break the tie. Matt den Dekker walked and then Ruben Tejada doubled. That plated Granderson and den Dekker to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis took over in center in the fifth for Juan Lagares, who suffered a hyper-extended right elbow on a throw in the top of the fourth. We are sure to hear more about this tomorrow.
The Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the fifth. Bartolo Colon struck out Marcell Ozuna and got Garrett Jones on a ground out to end the threat.
Flores put the game out of reach in the fifth with a two-run blast into the seats in left to give the Mets a 7-1 lead.
In the seventh Wilmer Flores hit another two-run homer to extend the lead to 9-1. Flores was three-for-four (a double and two home runs) with six RBIs. He now has six homers on the season.
Colon allowed 12 hits over 7.2 innings but somehow managed to allow just one run. He struck out seven batters and did not walk any. It was his 14th win of the season against 12 losses.
Mets win a laugher, 9-1.