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Mets stun Marlins with two-run rally in ninth inning

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NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson envisioned a bunch of big hits when he signed with the New York Mets. Providing even one proved elusive, until Friday night.

The slumping Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Mets past the Miami Marlins 4-3.

"Anytime you get a chance to win and jump up and down with your teammates, it's a good thing," Granderson said.

Granderson was 0 for 4 when he stepped to the plate with the scoreboard showing his batting average at .130. Not quite what anyone expected for a former All-Star fresh off a $60 million, four-year contract.

"I'm not there yet, but I'm getting closer," Granderson said.

After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the Miami eighth for a 3-2 lead, the Mets stung Marlins closer Steve Cishek and won for the fifth time in six games.

Cishek (1-1) had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances -- the longest active streak in the majors -- before Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a soft single and moved up on a sacrifice.

Left fielder Christian Yelich made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu's liner for the second out. Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.

"It would've been a tough play," Yelich said. "But if I had stayed on my feet, I was going home."

Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to put runners at second and third. Granderson then grounded his game-winner past Jones at first base.

"I'll be up a while," the sidearming Cishek said. "It's never a good feeling."

"It's no excuse for me to come in and not get the job done," he said. "I just didn't have my good command, leaving pitches down the middle."

Granderson had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 14th inning Sunday against Atlanta.

"He's a great hitter," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Just because he hasn't gotten a whole lot of hits to this point doesn't mean he's not a great hitter."

Redmond felt confident Cishek would close out the Mets.

"He's been so good," Redmond said. "I always anticipate he's going to get out of it. And tonight, he didn't."

"You just see the momentum starting to roll their way and we couldn't stop it," he said.

Jeurys Familia (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning for his first big league win.

Yelich's hitting streak ended at 17 games, and the Marlins fell to 1-9 on the road.

Saltalamacchia homered to left-center off reliever Gonzalez Germen, and Jones followed with a drive off the right-field foul pole. The Mets hadn't allowed any home runs since last Saturday, a span of 57 innings.

Young starters Zack Wheeler and Henderson Alvarez both pitched well.

Wheeler, a month before he turns 24, struck out 10 in six innings. He gave up four singles and walked three in six innings.

Wheeler showed off his repertoire when he fanned the side in the third, all on swinging strike three -- he got Alvarez on a fastball, Yelich on a changeup and Marcell Ozuna on a curve.

A week past his 24th birthday, Alvarez gave up two runs in six innings. In his previous start, he pitched a two-hit shutout against Seattle.

David Wright hit an RBI single and scored on Daniel Murphy's double in the third to put the Mets ahead 2-0.

Ozuna hit an RBI single in the fifth that made it 2-1.

Notes

Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15 ERA) is set to start Saturday night against RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 1.99). ... Cishek had converted his first four save chances this season. ... In the last 11 games, no Mets starter has allowed more than three runs. ... Murphy stole third, and has been safe on his last 26 tries.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

T. d'Arnaud
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Miami

G. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF4000111 .315
Marcell Ozuna, CF4011021 .306
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4010013 .283
Casey McGehee, 3B3010111 .282
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4111024 .250
Garrett Jones, 1B4121001 .235
Derek Dietrich, 2B3100132 .289
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4010023 .282
Henderson Alvarez, P1000010 .286
   a-Reed Johnson, PH1000000 .222
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   b-Greg Dobbs, PH1000001 .083
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals33373313  
a-lined out for Alvarez in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Ramos in the 9th
Batting
HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3, Germen), Garrett Jones (4, Germen)
SH - Henderson Alvarez (5)
RBI - Marcell Ozuna (11), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6), Garrett Jones (11)
2-OUT RBI - Marcell Ozuna (6), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3), Garrett Jones (3)
Team LOB - 7
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Henderson Alvarez 6622240 2.73
Dan Jennings 1000000 2.16
A.J. Ramos (H,3) 1000020 0.87
Steve Cishek (L,1-1; BS,1) 0.2422000 2.35
IBB - Tejada by Henderson Alvarez
Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 99-63, Dan Jennings 11-7, A.J. Ramos 13-9, Steve Cishek 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 7-7, Dan Jennings 1-2, A.J. Ramos 1-0, Steve Cishek 1-1
Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 26, Dan Jennings 3, A.J. Ramos 3, Steve Cishek 6
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4110001 .225
   a-Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH1010000 .222
Curtis Granderson, RF5011011 .141
David Wright, 3B4121010 .284
Daniel Murphy, 2B4011001 .289
Chris Young, CF4000021 .182
Lucas Duda, 1B4110011 .254
Travis d'Arnaud, C3020000 .213
Ruben Tejada, SS1000201 .200
   Gonzalez Germen, P0000000 .000
   Jeurys Familia, P0000000 .000
   b-Bobby Abreu, PH1000001 .200
Zack Wheeler, P1000012 .000
   Omar Quintanilla, SS2111000 .278
Totals34410426  
a-doubled for Young in the 9th
b-lined out for Familia in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1, Cishek), Daniel Murphy (5, Alvarez)
SH - Travis d'Arnaud (1), Zack Wheeler (2)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (7), David Wright (13), Daniel Murphy (8), Omar Quintanilla (3)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (1), Omar Quintanilla (1)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (11, 2nd base off Alvarez/Saltalamacchia), Daniel Murphy (4, 3rd base off Alvarez/Saltalamacchia), Travis d'Arnaud (1, 2nd base off Alvarez/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Quintanilla-Duda
E - David Wright (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Wheeler 64113100 3.99
Gonzalez Germen (BS,1) 2222032 4.11
Jeurys Familia (W,1-2) 1100000 5.19
WP - Zack Wheeler 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 110-63, Gonzalez Germen 37-23, Jeurys Familia 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 4-5, Gonzalez Germen 1-2, Jeurys Familia 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 26, Gonzalez Germen 8, Jeurys Familia 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21171
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Seth Buckminster, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Mike Winters