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Mets pile on Marlins early, hold on for 6-5 win

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Despite matching a season high with 16 hits, the Marlins couldn’t fully take advantage of their opportunities.

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On Opening Day, an ugly fourth inning was the difference for the MarlinsJosé Ureña versus the Colorado Rockies. Tuesday night was a similar story. The Mets hammered Ureña, crossing home plate five times in the first inning, en-route to a 6-5 victory at Marlins Park.

Jason Vargas was New York’s starter. (Vargas was originally drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in 2004, a second-round selection.) He was effective though somewhat fortunate considering all the hard contact against him, tossing five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out Peter O’Brien twice.

On the flip side, Ureña was seeking his first victory of 2019, after falling 6-3 this past Thursday afternoon. New York’s first six out of seven hitters reached base off Ureña in the opening frame, as Ureña’s pitch count reached 40 after three outs.

The inning may have ended much sooner if not for the Marlins’ fondness for shifting:

Miami had to play catch-up, which is always difficult to do at the highest level of professional baseball. After trailing 5-0, the Fish got on the board thanks to Brian Anderson’s RBI double, scoring Curtis Granderson.

Don Mattingly pulled Ureña after just four innings of work, which resulted in a Tyler Kinley sighting. Kinley walked two batters in his only inning of relief. Wei-Yin Chen, after pitching to two batters Sunday, worked two innings, allowing one run via a hit by pitch.

Trailing 6-2, the Marlins drew even closer in large part due to back-to-back RBI singles from Lewis Brinson and Peter O’Brien, who managed to snap an 0-for-10 slump. In the eighth, Miami moved one run closer. JT Riddle’s RBI groundout scored Granderson. In the ninth, Miguel Rojas came up with two runners on base, but lined into a game-ending, double play.

The Marlins offense produced tonight, as Starlin Castro belted a home run for the second consecutive night, and Lewis Brinson closed with three hits. However, they went just 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position (.222 BA).

The Mets will look for a series sweep Wednesday night, sending the 2018 NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom to the mound. Righty Trevor Richards will make his second appearance of 2019. Last Friday versus the Rockies, Richards worked six brilliant innings of one-run baseball, ultimately before Miami lost the contest, 6-1. First pitch will be approximately 6:10 p.m.

Mets vs. Marlins box score (MLB.com)

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