Following the win, the Marlins’ players and coaches circled the pitcher’s mound in a display of unity, standing shoulder to shoulder while Giancarlo Stanton delivered a speech and the crowd chanted “Jo-se! Jo-se!” The players then removed their caps, leaving them on the mound while many Mets players remained in the dugout, watching in silence.

On a night when Fernandez was expected to start, the Marlins used a team effort to improve their record to 78-78, while the Mets, who hold the top National League Wild Card spot, had their lead over the idle Giants shrink to a half-game. Miami, meanwhile, gained ground, but still has an elimination number of two.

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With all of their players wearing No. 16 Fernandez jerseys, the Marlins clearly had their ace on their minds. Reliever David Phelps, who worked a clean seventh inning, slumped behind the mound and touched the painted No. 16 before heading to the Marlins’ dugout. After Gordon lifted a flyout to right to end the seventh inning, he received a warm hug from Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, a native of Cuba, like Fernandez.

The Mets, after falling behind by seven runs, got on the board in the fifth on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s two-run double off Brian Ellington. New York also loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning, but Hunter Cervenka struck out Lucas Duda looking and right-hander Dustin McGowan retired pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson on a fielder’s choice to short.

McGowan leaves bases full

McGowan leaves bases full

NYM@MIA: McGowan escapes a bases-loaded jam in 6th

Dustin McGowan comes in from the bullpen and retires Kelly Johnson to strand the bases loaded in the top of the 6th inning

After an emotional pregame ceremony that featured a moment of silence, a video tribute of Fernandez and players from both teams embracing at home plate and near the mound, the Marlins jumped out quickly against Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who worked just 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits.

Gordon had a season-high four hits, and Bour collected his first career triple, falling a home run shy of the first cycle in club history.

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.

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

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Source: Mets News / On night to reflect, Mets out of sync