Yelich’s home run was his third of the series, and all were to the opposite-field. The 24-year-old had seven homers and 22 RBIs in August, and he stayed hot on the first day of September with his homer, three hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored and four RBIs. But as a team, Miami went 10-18 in August.
Asdrubal Cabrera‘s first career pinch-hit home run, a two-run shot off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning, closed the gap to 6-4. It was the Mets’ 10th pinch-hit home run of the season, and Cabrera’s second home run of the series.
Cabrera’s two-run homer
MIA@NYM: Cabrera launches a pinch-hit two-run homer
Asdrubal Cabrera pulls a pinch-hit two-run homer to right field to bring the Mets within two runs in the 9th inning
After falling behind 6-1, the Mets threatened in the eighth inning, scoring on Jay Bruce‘s RBI single off Nick Wittgren. Kyle Barraclough entered with two on and none out, and walked Wilmer Flores, but escaped further damage when Michael Conforto bounced into a 1-2-3 double play. Pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes struck out on a 97-mph fastball.
Jacob deGrom, who has not logged a win since Aug. 2 against the Yankees, was lifted after five innings, giving up three runs on six hits. The right-hander struck out six, but walked four, and he finished with 102 pitches.
Bruce also homered for the Mets.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Urena’s recovery, gets double play: Urena has made steady progress since rejoining the rotation. He was used mostly in relief early in the year. But after he was given a three-run lead, he allowed the home run to Bruce to open the sixth. The Mets had a chance to build momentum when Yelich dropped a fly ball, allowing Conforto to reach on an error. In a two-run game, Urena recovered, and got James Loney to bounce into an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play.
Marlins’ big double play
MIA@NYM: Marlins turn a big 1-2-3 double play in 8th
With the bases loaded, Kyle Barraclough makes the stop on Michael Conforto’s comebacker and starts a 1-2-3 double play in the 8th
More struggles for deGrom: The Mets hoped extra rest would help deGrom, after he allowed 13 runs on 25 hits in just 9 2/3 innings over his last two starts. But after a 1-2-3 first inning on Thursday, the 28-year-old struggled with his command and needed 102 pitches to finish five innings. DeGrom allowed just one hit in the first three innings, but by the fifth, the Marlins were making solid contact, with back-to-back doubles from Yelich and Jeff Francoeur driving in a pair of runs.
deGrom calls for trainer, exits
MIA@NYM: deGrom waves over trainer before exit
Jacob deGrom waves over the trainer and heads to the clubhouse after finishing the 5th inning
Bruce (finally) lights up the Citi: Bruce homered in three of his final five home games for the Reds before the Mets acquired him at non-waiver Trade Deadline. He didn’t homer in any of his first 12 home games for New York, before connecting off Urena in the sixth inning. It was Bruce’s first home run anywhere in 79 at-bats since hitting one on Aug. 6 in Detroit.
Bruce’s solo home run
MIA@NYM: Bruce belts his 28th homer to right-center
Jay Bruce puts the Mets on the board with a solo home run to right-center in the bottom of the 6th inning for his 28th homer on the year
Beating the odds with run-saving catch: Not only did Yelich drive in a run, the Miami outfielder also saved at least two with a diving grab on deGrom’s sinking line drive with the bases loaded. In the second inning with two outs, deGrom blistered a rope to center. Yelich made a quick read, darted in and made a diving catch for the third out. According to Statcast™, the exit velocity on the drive was 97 mph, with a launch angle of 12 degrees. The data shows that ball is a hit 95.3 percent of the time. Yelich, a Gold Glove Award winner in left field in 2014, was in center because Marcell Ozuna sustained a sore left wrist after making a diving catch on Wednesday.
Yelich’s diving grab
MIA@NYM: Yelich lays out for the clutch grab
With the bases loaded, Christian Yelich charges in to make a diving catch on Jacob deGrom’s line drive to end the 2nd inning
Ichiro Suzuki‘s speed prolonged the third inning for the Marlins, and led to a run. With one out and Dee Gordon on first, Ichiro chopped a grounder to second, and the Mets turned what initially was called an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. But Miami challenged, and after a review of 53 seconds, the call was overturned.
Ichiro safe after challenge
MIA@NYM: Ichiro safe at first after call overturned
Ichiro Suzuki is ruled out at first base, but after the Marlins challenge, the call is overturned in the top of the 3rd
It turned out being a key overturn, because Ichiro scored on Yelich’s RBI single.
In the seventh, a crew-chief review confirmed Yelich’s opposite-field, three-run homer had cleared the orange stripe atop the wall.
The Mets got a key replay overturn in the ninth when Travis d’Arnaud was ruled out on a slow grounder to second, but a review overturned the call to a single.
d’Arnaud safe at first
MIA@NYM: d’Arnaud ruled safe after review in 9th
Travis d’Arnaud is called out at first base, and after the Mets challenge, d’Arnaud is ruled safe in the 9th
Marlins: Right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.73 ERA) will start off the weekend Interleague series against the Indians on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Cashner was skipped one start due to a blister-related issue on his right third finger. Carlos Carrasco (9-7, 3.23) takes the mound for the Indians at Progressive Field.
Mets: Right-hander Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55), who has won three consecutive starts, opens a three-game weekend series against the Nationals at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Right-hander A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97), who has never faced the Mets, starts for the Nats.
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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Thursday.
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