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Wright, Duda power surging Mets past Marlins

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NEW YORK -- All of a sudden, the New York Mets are putting on a pitching-and-power show at Citi Field.

David Wright went 4 for 4 with a mammoth homer, Lucas Duda also hit a long two-run shot and New York rocked recent nemesis Henderson Alvarez in a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

Zack Wheeler shut down Miami again and Juan Lagares had three hits as the fourth-place Mets (43-50) improved to 6-2 on a 10-game homestand that takes them into the All-Star break.

"We can do some damage in the second half," Wright said.

After struggling at the plate most of the season, the Mets began the night with the most home runs in the National League since June 17 and increased their total to 25 in the last 23 games.

As for the pitchers, New York starters own a 1.29 ERA in 42 innings over the past six games. Add it all up, and the Mets have won 12 of their last 18 at spacious Citi Field to even their home record at 23-23.

"It's really hard to describe what it's like playing here in the early season when it's cold and it's damp and the ball just doesn't go anywhere," manager Terry Collins said. "We told them, `Look, when it starts to warm up, it's a different park. It's a fair park.'"

Wheeler (5-8) pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and helped himself with an RBI double. He moved to 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins, including a three-hitter in a 1-0 win June 19 that was his first major league complete game.

"It's always nice to go out there and pitch with some runs on the board," Wheeler said.

Alvarez (6-4) had been on quite a roll, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his last nine games. He was 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA during that stretch, and the Marlins had won his last 10 outings -- a club record for one of their starters.

He was particularly tough on the Mets, too, going 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his past five starts against them. But this time, Alvarez was tagged for a season-high six earned runs and eight hits in five ineffective innings.

"He made a lot of mistakes over the plate on the center-cut fastballs and they did some damage with them," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He didn't have the type of movement he's had over his last few starts. That ended up being the difference."

Lagares got the Mets started with a two-out double in the second and Ruben Tejada hit an RBI single, ending Alvarez's scoreless streak against New York at 20 innings. Wheeler then short-hopped the left-field fence between the 358 and 370 signs for his second extra-base hit and fourth RBI in 58 career at-bats.

Wheeler came in batting .037 this season (1 for 27), and Mets pitchers were at a paltry .077 with 13 hits in 168 at-bats.

Curtis Granderson flied out to the center-field fence to end the inning.

Duda had no such trouble with the dimensions in the third, sending a shot soaring into the second deck in right for his 14th home run. Giancarlo Stanton never moved his feet in right field, arching his back to stare straight up as the ball sailed way over his head.

"My pitches weren't really working today. I was leaving some pitches up in the zone," Alvarez said through a translator. "I just wish it was like the last 10 starts."

Wright did Duda one better in the fifth, driving an 0-2 pitch from Alvarez into the rarely reached second deck in left for his eighth home run.

"That's about all I've got," Wright said with a grin. "Usually they end up in that party deck, that first row. That one went a little bit farther."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff triple in the sixth and scored when Lagares grounded a single through the drawn-in infield.

Nieuwenhuis also made a tough play in the left-field corner and combined with Tejada on a strong relay that cut down Donovan Solano at the plate on Casey McGehee's fourth-inning double.

Christian Yelich had an RBI single for Miami in the fifth.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Miami

A. Hechavarria
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF4011011 .273
Donovan Solano, 2B4010012 .245
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3010101 .299
Casey McGehee, 3B4010002 .319
Garrett Jones, 1B4000012 .252
Marcell Ozuna, CF4000011 .276
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3100120 .222
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3020000 .276
Henderson Alvarez, P2000013 .237
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
   a-Justin Bour, PH1000000 .231
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Totals3216127  
a-flied out for Hatcher in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (21, Wheeler), Adeiny Hechavarria (12, Wheeler)
RBI - Christian Yelich (30)
2-OUT RBI - Christian Yelich (16)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hechavarria-Solano-G. Jones
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Henderson Alvarez (L,6-4) 5866032 2.63
Chris Hatcher 1211010 3.60
Dan Jennings 1100000 0.99
Kevin Gregg 1100010 7.00
Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 82-59, Chris Hatcher 19-12, Dan Jennings 16-8, Kevin Gregg 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 5-7, Chris Hatcher 1-1, Kevin Gregg 1-0
Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 23, Chris Hatcher 5, Dan Jennings 4, Kevin Gregg 3
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Curtis Granderson, RF4000012 .230
Daniel Murphy, 2B4110010 .297
David Wright, 3B4242000 .285
Lucas Duda, 1B4112012 .257
Travis d'Arnaud, C4000001 .210
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF4110010 .302
Juan Lagares, CF4131000 .296
Ruben Tejada, SS4111002 .241
Zack Wheeler, P2011010 .069
   Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
   Vic Black, P0000000 .000
   Jeurys Familia, P00000001.000
Totals34712705  
Batting
2B - Juan Lagares (14, Alvarez), Zack Wheeler (1, Alvarez)
3B - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1, Hatcher)
HR - David Wright (8, Alvarez), Lucas Duda (14, Alvarez)
SH - Zack Wheeler (7)
RBI - David Wright 2 (46), Lucas Duda 2 (48), Juan Lagares (21), Ruben Tejada (20), Zack Wheeler (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ruben Tejada (10), Zack Wheeler (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kirk Nieuwenhuis 1
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Wheeler (W,5-8) 6.2511260 3.90
Josh Edgin 0.2000010 1.76
Vic Black 0.2100000 1.77
Jeurys Familia 1000000 2.11
WP - Zack Wheeler (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 114-75, Josh Edgin 5-5, Vic Black 5-3, Jeurys Familia 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 10-3, Jeurys Familia 3-0
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 26, Josh Edgin 2, Vic Black 3, Jeurys Familia 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25914
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Ted Barrett