For the Marlins, the loss evaporated any margin for error they had left in their postseason chase. They must win all of their remaining games to qualify — and even that is unlikely to be enough.
The 19 hits allowed by Miami are a season high, topping the 18 at Milwaukee on May 1.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler struggled early, walking four batters and allowing six hits, including both Mets home runs. New York then piled on late, putting the game away on a Curtis Granderson two-run single and a Lucas Duda bases-clearing double in the eighth. Duda reached base in four of his five plate appearances.
Duda’s bases-clearing double
NYM@MIA: Duda drives in three with a sharp double
Lucas Duda drives a double over Giancarlo Stanton’s head to bring home Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares in the 8th
All throughout, memories of Fernandez remained close at hand. The Marlins kept Fernandez’s No. 16 painted on the back of the pitcher’s mound, while a memorial outside the park continued to grow with flowers, signs and signatures.
Tributes to Fernandez
NYM@MIA: Montage of Marlins’ Fernandez tributes
Numerous tributes take place to remember Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park after his tragic death
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Back to the grind: Originally slated to start Saturday against the Phillies, Syndergaard came down with a case of strep throat severe enough to push his outing back three days. Though the Mets said they would watch Syndergaard closely, he appeared to be at least close to full strength, striking out five batters in the second and third innings alone. Now lined up to pitch the Mets’ final game of the regular season, Syndergaard punctuated his outing with strikeouts of the final two batters he faced, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth.
Dee bunts, offense fizzles: A night after his dramatic leadoff homer, Dee Gordon did a complete reversal on Tuesday night. The speedster dropped a bunt single to start the first. Gordon then swiped second and scored on Marcell Ozuna‘s RBI single to right. But after that, Syndergaard settled down and didn’t allow another run over six innings. Gordon, of course, belted one of the most significant home runs in Marlins history on Monday, when in tribute to Jose Fernandez, he got the first inning going with his first homer of the season.
Good Bruce, bad Bruce: Once again receiving steady playing time following a prolonged benching during the Mets’ last homestand, Bruce responded in the second inning with his 31st homer — and his sixth in 46 games with the Mets. But four innings later, given a chance to crack a three-run game open, Bruce battled for 11 pitches before flying out with the bases loaded and two outs. He finished 2-for-5.
Bruce’s two-run moonshot
NYM@MIA: Bruce crushes a homer into the second deck
Jay Bruce gives the Mets a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning as he crushes a two-run homer into the upper deck in right field
Homers hurt Koehler: Koehler, for the most part, has been successful keeping the ball in the park. But the Marlins’ right-hander has had trouble this season preventing the long ball against the Mets. Bruce (second inning) and Cespedes (third) each belted two-run homers. Seven of the 22 homers Koehler has surrendered in 32 starts have been against New York. He hasn’t allowed more than three to any other opponent.
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Marlins infielder Yefri Perez, who underwent left thumb surgery in July while playing for Double-A Jacksonville, was a September callup primarily to pinch-run. In fact, earlier in the month, he was only available to run. In the eighth inning, in his second big league at-bat, Perez collected his first hit, a single to left. He previously had one at-bat, a strikeout in Philadelphia on Sept. 17. He recorded four stolen bases before his first Major League hit.
Mets: Looking to score a series victory at Marlins Park, the Mets will turn to Seth Lugo in the rookie’s final start of the regular season. Lugo, a candidate to start the NL Wild Card game if the Mets qualify, is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in seven starts since joining the rotation.
Marlins: Miami closes out its home schedule at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Right-hander Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Urena is 1-5 (5.85 ERA) in 40 innings pitched this year at Marlins Park.
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