Coming off of a loss in which they blew a late lead on Friday, the Miami Marlins were able to get back in the win column with a 7-6 extra innings victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a home run to left center field against Mets reliever Kyle Farnsworth in the top of the tenth inning to give the Marlins a 7-6 lead that closer Steve Cishek would hold on to.
Attempting to prove that he belongs in the starting rotation, Kevin Slowey struggled against New York's lineup in four innings of work. Slowey gave up five hits and five runs while walking two, striking out four, and placing Miami's offense in a position where a comeback was necessary.
Bobby Abreu took Slowey deep with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Lucas Duda's two-out, two RBI single in the bottom of the third provided the Mets with a lead that the bullpen couldn't hold.
Mets starter Jennry Mejia was given a 5-1 lead that was eventually lost. Miami rallied for five runs in the sixth inning, punctuated by a Giancarlo Stanton two-run home run and an Adeiny Hechavarria RBI-single.
New York reliever Carlos Torres yielded a pinch hit, two run double to Marlins pinch hitter Reed Johnson which gave Miami the lead in the sixth. But Dan Jennings struggled to throw strikes in the bottom half of the inning, and after an Adeiny Hechavarria throwing error, the Mets were able to tie the game at six.
Despite a late rally, the Marlins were just 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position on Saturday, but were helped by scorless innings of relief posted by Mike Dunn, Brad Hand, and Cishek.
Hero of The Game: Reed Johnson (.368 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Kevin Slowey (-.346 WPA)
Play of The Game: Reed Johnson's sixth inning two-RBI double gave the Marlins a temporary lead. (.368 WPA)