On Wednesday night at a somber Marlins' Park in Miami, the New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins by a 5-2 final count.
After Miami starter Jose Urena got through a scoreless top of the first despite allowing a hit and a walk, Martin Prado (8) got the scoring started for the Fish, slugging a two-run homer deep into the left field seats off of Julio Lugo with one out in the bottom of the inning. Giancarlo Stanton smacked his 20th double of the season later in the inning, but he was stranded when Jeff Mathis whiffed to end the frame.
The second inning started off balefully for the Marlins, as Urena gave up a double to rookie second baseman TJ Rivera (4), followed by a James Loney (8) round tripper to lock things up at two runs apiece. Miami went down one-two-three in the back half of the inning.
In the third, Urena and Lugo each spun a scoreless half despite allowing two baserunners apiece, each on a hit and a walk. The Mets added to their lead in the top of the fourth on back-to-back two-out doubles by pitcher Lugo (1) and leadoff man and former Marlin Jose Reyes (13) to make it 3-2. Despite a leadoff single by Mathis in the bottom of the inning, the Marlins couldn't keep pace with the visitors.
The Mets struck again in the fifth, on a Curtis Granderson one-out single followed by a Jay Bruce (32) two-run blast to set the eventual final 5-2 score. The Marlins answered in the bottom of the inning by again going one-two-three.
Nefi Ogando replaced Urena as the sixth inning got underway, and induced a strikeout, a flyout, and a groundout for a spotless frame. After a one-out single by Justin Bour in the bottom of the inning, Hansel Robles took over for Lugo and promptly got Mathis swinging and Adeiny Hechavarria on a force play.
In the seventh inning, Curtis Granderson smacked a two-out single for the first blemish on Ogando's night, which prompted a visit from Don Mattingly and a call to Hunter Cervenka. Cervenka walked Jay Bruce and was also visited before calming down and getting Rivera to fly out to right. The Marlins could only muster a one-out single (and a stolen base (29)) from Dee Gordon after the seventh-inning stretch against reliever Fernando Salas.
Brian Ellington spun a scoreless eighth for the Fish, and struck out Reyes while giving up a walk to Kelly Johnson. Addison Reed pitched the bottom half for the Mets, and got out unscathed after allowing Christian Yelich a leadoff single.
Dustin McGowan took the hill for the Marlins in the ninth inning, and gave up a walk and a Granderson single before Mets closer Jeurys Familia struck out Derek Dietrich and Jeff Francoeur for the first two outs in the bottom half of the inning. Dee Gordon grounded out sharply to end Miami's slim postseason hopes.
Heroes of the Night: Martin Prado added +.177 to Miami's win probability to narrowly edge out Jay Bruce who had a +.176 mark. James Loney was third with a +.108.
Zeroes of the Night: Jose Urena allowed five earned runs in 5.0 innings on eight hits and two walks to finish at -.319. Giancarlo Stanton had the most negative offensive impact on the game, with a final mark of -.102.
Play of the Game: Jay Bruce's two-run shot in the top of the fifth (+.188).
Miami will close out their season with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals in our nation's capital, starting Friday night just after 6PM.