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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Recap: Game 74 - Mets (2) at Marlins (3) - Marlins Edge Mets


New York


W: H. Alvarez (4-3) L: D. Matsuzaka (3-1) S: S. Cishek (17)
HR: NYM - None   MIA - None


Marcell Ozuna's second outfield assist in as many innings was the final out of the game, securing a 3-2 win for the Miami Marlins over the New York Mets in the second installment of a four-game set on Friday.

The Marlins led 3-0 through seven innings but might have allowed the Mets to tie the game or jump in front had it not been for the strong right arm of Ozuna out in left field.

David Wright, who homered to provide the only run in New York's 1-0 win on Thursday, laced an RBI single to center to put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning against Kevin Gregg. Then, with the bases loaded and Mike Dunn on the mound, Eric Campbell smoked a single to left. Curtis Granderson scored easily, but Ozuna was able to fire home in time to get Wright to keep the Marlins in front.

Steve Cishek served up a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the ninth inning. A sacrifice bunt moved him to third, and Chris Young launched a fly ball to left. Ozuna backtracked and made the catch before unleashing a dart to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in time to tag Nieuwenhuis and end the game.

Henderson Alvarez (4-3) tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the Marlins, scattering seven hits and striking out five to help them snap a brief two-game slide. Cishek picked up his 17th save.

Alvarez has dominated at Marlins Park of late, yielding just two runs in 38 1/3 innings over his last five starts at home. He has also owned the Mets, improving to 4-0 in his last five starts against New York.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-1) pitched well, yielding just a run on six hits over 5 1/3 frames, but took his first loss of the season.

Rafael Furcal led off the home half of the first with a triple off the wall in right field. Adeiny Hechavarria plated him, grounding out to second, for an early 1-0 lead.

Miami threatened again in the fourth inning. Garrett Jones came up with a runner on second and one out and belted a hanging breaking ball that appeared to glance off the foul pole in right field. The play was ruled a home run on the field but after a review, umpires overturned the call and said Jones' ball went foul. He later grounded out, and Saltalamacchia was stranded on third when Marcell Ozuna struck out.

The Marlins tacked on two more crucial insurance runs in the seventh. Jake Marisnick scored the first run all by himself, singling, stealing second and third and scoring when catcher Anthony Recker's throw to third sailed past Wright and into left field. Justin Bour, who walked with Marisnick on second, advanced to third base on Furcal's groundout and scored on Hechavarria's double.

Game Notes

Miami has won Alvarez's last seven starts, though he is just 2-0 in that span ... The Marlins finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... Saltalamacchia went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles ... The Mets have scored just 13 runs in their last seven games (3-4) ... Wright and Daniel Murphy had two hits apiece for the Mets, who outhit Miami 11-8.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF411000000.231
Daniel Murphy 2B402000000.300
David Wright 3B402110000.269
Curtis Granderson CF-RF301000011.229
Bobby Abreu RF301000001.284
  Eric Campbell PH-1B101100000.286
Lucas Duda 1B300000000.239
  Wilmer Flores PH100000001.230
  Jeurys Familia P0000000001.000
Anthony Recker C301000001.198
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH101010000.263
Ruben Tejada SS301000001.220
Daisuke Matsuzaka P100000001.200
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Vic Black P000000000.000
  Chris Young PH-CF110000010.195
Rafael Furcal 2B411001000.182
Adeiny Hechavarria SS401210000.272
Giancarlo Stanton RF401000002.295
Casey McGehee 3B401000001.310
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C402020001.245
Garrett Jones 1B200000000.259
  Jeff Baker PH-1B200000001.219
Marcell Ozuna LF300000002.259
Jake Marisnick CF211000010.316
Henderson Alvarez P201000000.222
  A.J. Ramos P000000000.000
  Justin Bour PH010000010.294
  Kevin Gregg P000000000.000
  Mike Dunn P000000000.000
  Steve Cishek P000000000.000

E_A.Recker. LOB_NY Mets 7, Miami 6. 2B_D.Wright, K.Nieuwenhuis, A.Hechavarria, J.Saltalamacchia 2. 3B_R.Furcal. S_R.Tejada, D.Matsuzaka. SB_J.Marisnick 2 (4). GIDP_D.Wright, R.Tejada, J.Baker. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and L.Duda); Miami 3 (R.Furcal and G.Jones), (C.McGehee, R.Furcal and J.Baker), (M.Ozuna and J.Saltalamacchia).

Daisuke Matsuzaka (L 3-1)5.161114085-532.68
Josh Edgin0.20000003-11.86
Vic Black1.022112029-181.35
Jeurys Familia1.000001013-72.45
Henderson Alvarez (W 4-3)6.170005094-642.39
A.J. Ramos (H 11)0.20000003-32.43
Kevin Gregg (H 1)0.122210024-1313.50
Mike Dunn (H 11)0.210011014-73.81
Steve Cishek (S 17)1.010000016-81.99

IBB_off D.Matsuzaka (J.Marisnick). 
T_3:19. A_19725.
Umpires_Home,Lance Barrett; First, Ron Kulpa; Second, Pat Hoberg; Third, Ed Hickox.
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