In Washington, the Miami Marlins didn't have many opportunities to score runs. Throughout the series in New York, Miami did and couldn't add on to a lead on Sunday as they fell to the New York Mets 4-3.
With runners and second and third and two outs, Marlon Byrd, who was brought into the game in a late double switch, singled down the left field line off of Steve Cishek to give the Mets a walk-off, series-clinching victory.
Jose Fernandez, making his major league debut, got off to a solid start. Fernandez rolled through the first two innings, striking out the side in the second.
Miami got on the board first off of Mets starter Aaron Laffey in the top of the third. Donovan Solano, who had three hits on the day, singled to center field to begin the inning, and after a one-out Greg Dobbs single Justin Ruggiano hit a double to left field which gave the Marlins an early 1-0 lead.
Fernandez continued to pitch well and Miami added two more runs in the fourth. Adeiny Hechavarria led off with a walk, and Chris Valaika followed with a double, which allowed Hechavarria to score. Solano then hit a two-out double to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead.
Fernandez was taken out after the fifth, as his pitch count continued to raise as the Mets began to put together better at-bats and eventually scored a run. He gave up three hits while walking one and striking out eight over his five innings.
Fernandez's eight strikeouts are the most in Marlins history by a starting pitcher in his major league debut. Though he left with a lead, Fernandez earned a no-decision.
The Marlins were unable to take advantage of several opportunities, specifically in the seventh inning when the squad had runners on second and third with one out and were unable to score a run.
Miami was 2-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base over the course of the game.
New York outfielder Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth off of reliever A.J. Ramos to make it a 3-2 game, however the Miami bullpen, until the 9th, was able to hold the lead. Jon Rauch and Mike Dunn both pitched scoreless innings before Cishek came into the game and blew the save.
In both of his appearances against the Mets, Cishek gave up two earned runs.
Miami will look to bounce back on Monday as they open a three game series with the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. The Marlins will also host the Phillies and Nationals following the series with Atlanta.