NEW YORK — The Mets’ improbable run toward a National League Wild Card berth continued Wednesday, when Kelly Johnson‘s three-run double in the eighth inning lifted them to a 5-2 win over the Marlins at Citi Field. The win moved the Mets two games above Miami in the NL Wild Card standings, also temporarily floating them within two games of the Cardinals and a postseason berth.

Stuck in a tie game in the eighth, Johnson hit a two-out double off Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos to give the Mets their first lead since the sixth. Moments later, Mets closer Jeurys Familia nailed down his 44th save to set a single-season franchise record.

Wilmer Flores gave the Mets their first lead with a two-run homer off Jake Esch in the second inning, but the Marlins tied things in the sixth on a Christian Yelich solo shot. Esch, a last-minute emergency starter, held the Mets to two runs over 4 1/3 innings.

It was a strong enough outing, but Esch’s counterpart, Bartolo Colon, pitched far deeper into the game, holding the Marlins to two runs in seven innings.

Clearing the bases: Facing Ramos, Johnson worked the count full before lacing a sharp line drive into shallow right field, where it rolled toward the corner as the Mets circled the bases. Three runs scored on the play, giving the Mets a three-run cushion to hand to Familia.

Yelich showcasing power: For years, the Marlins have said Yelich’s power would emerge. It certainly has shown up this series, and this month. Yelich’s opposite-field home run off Colon in the sixth inning pulled Miami even at 2. It was his second home run in as many days, both with him hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time in his career. Yelich capped August with seven home runs and 22 RBIs.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Johnson clutch as Mets keep Marlins reeling