Neither Miami’s Jose Fernandez nor New York’s Rafael Montero was efficient at the start, combining to walk 10 batters in 11 innings. Montero in particular worked around trouble throughout the early evening, issuing six free passes in his spot start. But neither starter cracked for a run, turning the game into a matchup of bullpens. The Mets and Marlins traded runs in the eighth inning, with Xavier Scruggs doubling home Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Reyes scoring on a wild pitch. With two hits in the game, Suzuki moved past Boggs for sole possession of 27th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time list, with 3,011.
Reyes scores, shaken up at plate
MIA@NYM: Reyes scores tying run, shaken up at home
Jose Reyes scores on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1 in the bottom of the 8th, but is shaken up after contact with A.J. Ramos at the plate
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Cespedes goes deep: The game seemed headed to an 11th inning when Cespedes strolled to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the 10th. He put a charge into a Nick Wittgren pitch, launching it over the left-field fence as a Citi Field crowd of 32,188 erupted.
Jose’s six shutout: It wasn’t vintage Fernandez, racking up huge strikeout numbers with his wipeout slider. Instead, Fernandez had to work and grind his way through six shutout innings on 113 pitches. The bottom line for the All-Star was he didn’t allow a run and finished with six strikeouts while walking four, one intentionally. Fernandez got out of a sixth-inning jam where he gave up a leadoff single to Alejandro De Aza, who took second on a wild pitch. The Marlins’ ace retired Cespedes on a popup to catcher and struck out Kelly Johnson. After intentionally walking Curtis Granderson, Fernandez induced a fly ball to right from Wilmer Flores. The 113 pitches were the second most Fernandez has thrown in a game this year, topped only by 115 on May 15 at Washington.
Walking away from trouble: No Mets pitcher had walked six batters in a scoreless effort since Jeurys Familia, then a starter, back in 2012. But Montero managed it thanks in part to some well-timed ground balls. After walking Christian Yelich to put two men on base in the fifth inning, Montero induced a Marcell Ozuna grounder down the third-base line, where Johnson was shaded. It turned into an easy inning-ending double play to complete Montero’s night.
Johnson begins a double play
MIA@NYM: Johnson hustles to start double play
Kelly Johnson fields a ground ball and hustles to the bag to start a 5-3 double play to get the Mets out of a jam in the top of the 5th
Ichiro passes Boggs, scores run: Ichiro had been just 1-for-17 in his previous seven games, and the 42-year-old struck out in his first at-bat. But Ichiro finished the night with two hits and moved past Boggs (3,010) into sole possession of 27th place on MLB’s all-time hits list. Ichiro pulled even with Boggs in the fourth inning with a single to left off Montero for Miami’s first hit of the game. And with two outs in the eighth inning, Ichiro lined a double to right-center off Addison Reed for career hit No. 3,011 before opening the scoring on Scruggs’ RBI double.
Ichiro’s 3,011th career hit
MIA@NYM: Ichiro passes Boggs on all-time hits list
Ichiro Suzuki lines a double to right-center field in the top of the 8th inning for his 3,011th hit, passing Hall of Famer Wade Boggs
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Playing with a short bench to begin with, the Mets had their numbers further depleted when they learned that both Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera were potentially unavailable due to injury. So when their first pinch-hit situation surfaced in the fifth inning, the Mets turned to starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who grounded out. It was actually the fifth pinch-hit appearance of deGrom’s career; he is now 0-for-4 with a walk. Cabrera wound up logging a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Marlins spent a challenge early, arguing that James Loney had hit into a double play in the second inning. But a 58-second review was all the umpires needed to confirm the initial call of a fielder’s choice. Moments later, Travis d’Arnaud hit into an inning-ending double play, anyway.
Loney reaches first safely
MIA@NYM: Loney gets to first, call confirmed
James Loney is ruled safe at first due to Jose Fernandez’s foot being off the bag and the Marlins challenge, but the call is confirmed
Marlins: Tom Koehler, a graduate of Stony Brook, gets the starting nod for the Marlins on Tuesday for the 7:10 p.m. ET start. The right-hander is 9-9 with a 3.85 ERA, and is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts vs. the Mets this year.
Mets: With their rotation on the mend, the Mets will give a third start to right-hander Seth Lugo. Though Lugo left his last outing after five shutout innings due to cramping in his leg, he has shown no ill effects from the injury between starts. He’ll pitch opposite Koehler.
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