No David Wright, no problem. The Mets beat the Marlins Friday night on the day Wright was placed on the disabled list for the foreseeable future, powered by Noah Syndergaard and newest Met James Loney.
The Marlins got on the board when Marcell Ozuna led off with a home run. It looked like it was going to be a bad inning — with one out, Justin Bour doubled and then on an easy play at first, Syndergaard dropped the ball. But with runners on first and third, Syndergaard bore down, striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game in the fourth with a leadoff homer of his own. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single. Neil Walker was hit by a pitch. The struggling Michael Conforto grounded into a double play to move Cespedes to third. Wilmer Flores, starting for Wright, singled to score Cespedes and give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Miami tied the score in the sixth on a single, double and sacrifice fly.
It didn’t last. Following a walk, Loney homered into the seats in right to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. It was his first homer as a Met and the 100th for his career.
Syndergaard also gutted it out in the seventh. With runners on second and third and two outs, he got a strikeout to end the inning.
He was done after that, going seven innings, allowing two runs on sixth hits. He walked one batter and struck out nine.
Rene Rivera gave the Mets a nice cushion with a two-run ninth inning home run to give the Mets a 6-2 lead.
And that’s how it ended. A good Mets win.