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Miami at New York

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Miami (54-92)010010100371
N.Y. Mets (65-81) «01000300x450

Mets 4, Marlins 3

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NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda and the New York Mets finally flashed a little power of their own.

Duda hit a three-run homer and New York overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Friday night behind Jonathon Niese.

Andrew Brown also went deep for the Mets, outhomered 13-0 by Washington at Citi Field in a four-game sweep that ended Thursday.

"I think it's certainly something Lucas can feel good about right now," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's a big, strong guy. Everybody expects him to hit homers. I just expect him to drive runs in. And I think that swing tonight might really start him here in the last couple of weeks."

Niese (7-7) struck out seven and walked none over 6 1/3 innings, improving to 4-1 in seven starts since returning from a shoulder injury last month. New York won for the third time in 12 September games and upped its mark to 6-10 this season against the Marlins, who have the NL's worst record at 54-92.

Making his first major-league start of the year, Brad Hand (0-1) gave up the go-ahead homer to Duda in the sixth and fell to 1-10 in 17 career outings.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the sixth before a quiet crowd of 20,562, Eric Young Jr. hit a leadoff double on an 0-2 pitch. Two outs later, Hand worked carefully to Brown and issued a walk.

On a 2-2 count, Duda pulled a hanging breaking ball to right field. Stanton raced back but the drive cleared the shortened fence.

"That's the matchup we wanted: lefty-lefty. Just need to make a good pitch and get out of that," Hand said. "I left a pitch up to him."

It was Duda's 13th home run in the majors this season -- the previous 11 were solo shots. He was recalled from the minors Aug. 24 and has been filling in at first base for injured Ike Davis, hoping to show the Mets he still belongs in their plans.

"It was just a hanging curveball and luckily I got enough of it and it got out. It was pretty windy out there," said Duda, who began the day batting .190 with four extra-base hits against lefties.

Stanton hit his 22nd home run on an 0-2 pitch leading off the seventh. That cut it to 4-3 and gave the slugger nine career multihomer games and three this season.

"We've got a few weeks left so, keep it up," Stanton said. "It really doesn't matter what I do to finish the season, I'll never get back how terrible I've been. But to turn it completely around is something I need to do, something I better do."

LaTroy Hawkins got three straight outs for his ninth save, ending a quick game that took 2 hours, 30 minutes. He struck out Stanton with a 92 mph fastball and retired Justin Ruggiano on a long fly to the warning track in right-center.

An angry Niese was lifted after a one-out single by Ed Lucas. Scott Atchison retired the next two batters before Vic Black and Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless eighth.

"I wanted to be in there. But that wasn't the reason I was mad," Niese said. "You set expectations for yourself and when you don't meet them, you get kind of angry. But, other than that, it was a good game and I'm glad we got the win."

Both cleanup batters homered leading off the second.

Stanton hit a screaming rocket deep into the left-center seats. Brown responded with a long drive into the second deck in left, New York's first home run since Justin Turner connected Sunday in Cleveland. The Mets allowed 14 unanswered homers during that stretch.

Consecutive doubles by Lucas and Donovan Solano put the Marlins ahead in the fifth. Miami could have scored more, but Hand bunted into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners.

Notes

Turner (right hamstring) probably will be sidelined until at least the middle of next week. ... New York rookie Travis d'Arnaud got dinged when Lucas' backswing hit the catcher on top of his helmet in the second inning. Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on d'Arnaud, who remained in the game. ... Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka turned 33. Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA) is slated to start against RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) in the opener of Saturday's traditional doubleheader, scheduled to make up a June 7 rainout. Carlos Torres faces Miami RHP Jacob Turner in the nightcap.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

L. Duda
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Miami

G. Stanton
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4000011 .225
Placido Polanco, 3B4000021 .247
Christian Yelich, LF4000011 .284
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4222020 .256
Justin Ruggiano, CF4000020 .220
Ed Lucas, 1B3120010 .242
   a-Logan Morrison, PH1000000 .249
Donovan Solano, 2B3011001 .251
Koyie Hill, C3010011 .242
Brad Hand, P2000001 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .333
   b-Chris Coghlan, PH1010000 .274
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
Totals33373010  
a-grounded out for Lucas in the 9th
b-singled for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ed Lucas (10, Niese), Donovan Solano (10, Niese)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (22, Niese)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (52), Donovan Solano (30)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Donovan Solano (8, Dropped fly)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Hand (L,0-1) 5.2544242 3.18
Ryan Webb 1.1000010 2.95
Dan Jennings 1000120 3.93
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hand 91-56, Ryan Webb 11-7, Dan Jennings 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hand 6-7, Ryan Webb 2-1, Dan Jennings 1-0
Batters Faced - Brad Hand 24, Ryan Webb 4, Dan Jennings 4
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4110010 .255
Juan Lagares, CF-RF4000011 .261
Daniel Murphy, 2B4010011 .281
Andrew Brown, RF2211201 .248
   Matt den Dekker, CF0000000 .242
Lucas Duda, 1B4113022 .236
Zach Lutz, 3B2010101 .308
Travis d'Arnaud, C3000002 .145
Ruben Tejada, SS3000001 .199
Jonathon Niese, P2000010 .212
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   a-Mike Baxter, PH1000010 .202
   Vic Black, P0000000 .000
   Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals2945437  
a-struck out for Atchison in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eric Young Jr. (23, Hand)
HR - Andrew Brown (7, Hand), Lucas Duda (13, Hand)
RBI - Andrew Brown (22), Lucas Duda 3 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda 3 (10)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Niese-Tejada-Murphy
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,7-7) 6.1633072 3.88
Scott Atchison (H,7) 0.2000010 4.38
Vic Black (H,1) 0.2100010 4.66
Pedro Feliciano (H,2) 0.1000000 5.19
LaTroy Hawkins (S,9) 1000010 3.25
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 103-71, Scott Atchison 5-4, Vic Black 10-8, Pedro Feliciano 4-2, LaTroy Hawkins 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 9-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Scott Atchison 2, Vic Black 3, Pedro Feliciano 1, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20562
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Toby Basner, Third Base - Hal Gibson