Mets pounce after 5 1/2-hour rain delay, beat Marlins 13-0

NEW YORK (AP) Several hundred fans waited out a 5-hour, 35-minute rain delay Wednesday in Citi Field's covered areas, pouring back beer or coffee to pass the time. A handful along the first-base line chanted ''Let's play ball!'' to the tune of ''Let's go Mets!'' On the suite level, others napped on couches.

In the clubhouse, New York starter Zack Wheeler sat around, paced the room, then sat around some more.

''A lot of walking around,'' he said.

Then just like that, he and the Mets flipped the switch, jumping on the Miami Marlins following a long delay for a soggy 13-0 victory that wrapped up early Thursday morning.

The teams were set to play a single-admission doubleheader Wednesday to make up Monday's rainout, but the nightcap was pushed to Thursday. They now will play two games beginning at 3:10 p.m. to conclude a four-game series.

Showers fell throughout the day, and it was still misting when Wheeler finally threw the first pitch at 9:45 p.m.

Wheeler (11-7) tossed one-hit ball into the seventh and allowed four hits over eight innings. Paul Sewald got the final out at 12:15 a.m.

Wheeler told manager Mickey Callaway following the eighth that he was drained after spending about 12 hours at the ballpark.

''I really would've liked to finish it, but I was tired,'' Wheeler said.

Jay Bruce hit a grand slam, Jeff McNeil had three hits and Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith each homered for the Mets, rewarding the rain-soaked fans who stuck around to watch a matchup between NL East laggards.

''The challenge is to get back up going again after you've sat for so long,'' Callaway said. ''Guys are coming around asking, `Hey, you get any word? You get any word?' You have to wait six hours, then all of a sudden, you turn it on like a switch. They did a pretty good job of it tonight.''

It could've been worse. The White Sox and Rangers were delayed in Chicago for 7 1/2 hours on Aug. 13, 1990, though it's unclear if that was the longest delay in major league history. That game was finally postponed around 9 p.m.

The Marlins seemed sluggish from the start, and the Mets poured it on. Smith scored on Jose Reyes' second-inning double after relay man Starlin Castro held the ball, apparently unaware that Smith had just rounded third. Third baseman Brian Anderson then misplayed Tomas Nido's grounder, allowing Reyes to score.

''It was the same both ways,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the delay. ''Just a long day, a lot of sitting around. And that's all.''

McNeil added an RBI triple to make it 3-0, and also had an RBI single in the sixth. The rookie raised his batting average to .340 in 46 games.

Rosario added a three-run homer in the fourth off Trevor Richards (3-9). Rosario entered the game batting .322 with a .488 slugging percentage since Aug. 10.

Richards said it was probably the longest delay he's experienced.

''You just hung out in the clubhouse,'' he said. ''There's card games going on, listen to music, and there's games on TV and stuff. Just hang out and kill time.''

Bruce and Smith went deep during a seven-run sixth inning that capped the scoring.

COME BACK SOON!

The Mets are inviting fans with tickets to Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader back for any home game from Sept. 25-27 or any Monday-Thursday game next April, excluding opening day.

STOPPING BY

Top prospect Peter Alonso was finally in uniform at Citi Field, just not as part of New York's active roster. Alonso was honored on the field as the Mets' minor league player of the year about two weeks after New York frustrated fans by declining to promote him to the major leagues.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily is likely to miss the rest of the season with a strained oblique. ... Miami is still trying to sort out who will start Saturday's game at Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Miami rookie RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 0.75 ERA) will face Mets LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.17) in the opener Thursday, with Marlins RHP Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Mets LHP Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75) going in the nightcap.

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  • W: Z. Wheeler (11-7)L: T. Richards (3-9)
  • HR: NYM - J. Bruce (7), D. Smith (4), A. Rosario (8)
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S. Castro 2B30100010.286.337.409.7460.5
Y. Rivera 2B10000010.180.279.226.505-0.5
J. Realmuto C20000010.286.347.502.849-0.5
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B. Anderson 3B30100000.272.357.398.7551.0
P. O'Brien 1B10000011.091.091.182.273-0.5
D. Dietrich 1B-3B30100010.268.333.430.7630.5
L. Brinson CF30000013.204.245.359.604-0.5
J. Riddle SS30100000.233.282.399.6811.0
M. Sierra RF30000001.156.171.174.3450.0
T. Richards P00000000.080.115.080.1950.0
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  • a-struck out for Realmuto in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Richards in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Guerra in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS51131013.253.294.386.6807.5
J. McNeil 2B51320000.340.398.494.8918.0
M. Conforto LF-RF41100102.236.341.425.7663.0
J. Bruce RF31141100.224.306.369.67510.0
J. Reinheimer LF10000001.200.304.200.5040.0
B. Nimmo CF51100003.269.392.497.8902.0
D. Smith 1B52221011.221.253.453.7059.5
J. Reyes 3B42210122.198.267.335.6026.0
T. Nido C42100012.185.217.231.4482.5
Z. Wheeler P32200010.189.185.226.4123.5
P. Sewald P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • SH - T. Richards (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Ortega, P. O'Brien
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Smith (8), J. Reyes (11)
    • 3B - J. McNeil (5)
    • HR - A. Rosario (8), J. Bruce (7), D. Smith (4)
    • SH - Z. Wheeler (3)
    • RBI - A. Rosario 3 (46), J. McNeil 2 (16), J. Bruce 4 (27), D. Smith 2 (6), J. Reyes (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. McNeil 2 (10), J. Bruce 4 (16), D. Smith 2 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, B. Nimmo 2 (2), J. Reyes 2 (2), T. Nido
    FIELDING
    • E - B. Anderson (6), R. Ortega (3)
    • PB - J. Realmuto (8)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Reyes-McNeil-Smith)
    • E - T. Nido (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Richards (L, 3-9)5.07641214.851.46-1.0
    B. Meyer0.267721211.002.11-14.5
    J. Guerra1.10000205.341.454.0
    N. Wittgren1.01000103.001.442.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Richards (L, 3-9)5.0
    B. Meyer0.2
    J. Guerra1.1
    N. Wittgren1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)8.04000703.231.1333.5
    P. Sewald1.01000205.541.423.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)8.0
    P. Sewald1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 89-63, B. Meyer 40-22, J. Guerra 18-14, N. Wittgren 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 7-7, B. Meyer 1-0, J. Guerra 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Richards 24, B. Meyer 10, J. Guerra 4, N. Wittgren 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 89-61, P. Sewald 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-9, P. Sewald 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 27, P. Sewald 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    R. Ortega LF40000001.248.299.294.5930.0
    S. Castro 2B30100010.286.337.409.7460.5
    Y. Rivera 2B10000010.180.279.226.505-0.5
    J. Realmuto C20000010.286.347.502.849-0.5
    a- B. Holaday PH-C20100011.206.260.248.5080.5
    B. Anderson 3B30100000.272.357.398.7551.0
    P. O'Brien 1B10000011.091.091.182.273-0.5
    D. Dietrich 1B-3B30100010.268.333.430.7630.5
    L. Brinson CF30000013.204.245.359.604-0.5
    J. Riddle SS30100000.233.282.399.6811.0
    M. Sierra RF30000001.156.171.174.3450.0
    T. Richards P00000000.080.115.080.1950.0
    b- C. Bostick PH10000010.333.429.500.929-0.5
    B. Meyer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    c- A. Dean PH10000010.194.237.361.598-0.5
    N. Wittgren P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total300500097-----
    • a-struck out for Realmuto in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Richards in the 6th
    • c-struck out for Guerra in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rosario SS51131013.253.294.386.6807.5
    J. McNeil 2B51320000.340.398.494.8918.0
    M. Conforto LF-RF41100102.236.341.425.7663.0
    J. Bruce RF31141100.224.306.369.67510.0
    J. Reinheimer LF10000001.200.304.200.5040.0
    B. Nimmo CF51100003.269.392.497.8902.0
    D. Smith 1B52221011.221.253.453.7059.5
    J. Reyes 3B42210122.198.267.335.6026.0
    T. Nido C42100012.185.217.231.4482.5
    Z. Wheeler P32200010.189.185.226.4123.5
    P. Sewald P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total3913141233614-----
      BATTING
      • SH - T. Richards (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Ortega, P. O'Brien
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Smith (8), J. Reyes (11)
      • 3B - J. McNeil (5)
      • HR - A. Rosario (8), J. Bruce (7), D. Smith (4)
      • SH - Z. Wheeler (3)
      • RBI - A. Rosario 3 (46), J. McNeil 2 (16), J. Bruce 4 (27), D. Smith 2 (6), J. Reyes (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. McNeil 2 (10), J. Bruce 4 (16), D. Smith 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, B. Nimmo 2 (2), J. Reyes 2 (2), T. Nido
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Anderson (6), R. Ortega (3)
      • PB - J. Realmuto (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Reyes-McNeil-Smith)
      • E - T. Nido (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Richards (L, 3-9)5.07641214.851.46-1.0
      B. Meyer0.267721211.002.11-14.5
      J. Guerra1.10000205.341.454.0
      N. Wittgren1.01000103.001.442.5
      Total8.0141311363---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Richards (L, 3-9)5.0
      B. Meyer0.2
      J. Guerra1.1
      N. Wittgren1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)8.04000703.231.1333.5
      P. Sewald1.01000205.541.423.0
      Total9.0500090---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)8.0
      P. Sewald1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 89-63, B. Meyer 40-22, J. Guerra 18-14, N. Wittgren 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 7-7, B. Meyer 1-0, J. Guerra 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Richards 24, B. Meyer 10, J. Guerra 4, N. Wittgren 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 89-61, P. Sewald 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-9, P. Sewald 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 27, P. Sewald 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Smith homered to right center, Nimmo scored013
        Bruce homered to left, Wheeler, McNeil and Conforto scored011
        McNeil singled to right center, Nido scored, Wheeler to third07
      • 4TH INNING
        Rosario homered to left, Reyes and Wheeler scored06
      • 2ND INNING
        McNeil tripled to deep center, Nido scored03
        Nido safe at first on right fielder Anderson fielding error, Reyes scored02
        Reyes doubled to deep right center, Smith scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Paul Sewald relieved Zack Wheeler
        • R. Ortega: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ortega grounded out to first
        • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
        • B. Holaday: Ball, Holaday singled to left
        • P. O'Brien: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Riddle grounded out to first
        • M. Sierra: Foul, Sierra flied out to left
        • Austin Dean hit for Javy Guerra
        • A. Dean: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dean struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Wittgren pitching
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto singled to center
        • J. Reinheimer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reinheimer flied out to deep right
        • B. Nimmo: Nimmo flied out to right
        • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Smith safe at first on left fielder Ortega fielding error, Conforto to third, Smith to second
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jack Reinheimer in left field
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to right
        • Bryan Holaday hit for J.T. Realmuto
        • B. Holaday: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson singled to left center, Castro to second
        • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul on catcher Nido dropped ball error, Dietrich singled to right center, Castro to third, Anderson to second
        • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Brinson grounded out to second, Dietrich out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Peter O'Brien at first base
        • Yadiel Rivera at second base
        • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wheeler struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • M. Sierra: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sierra flied out to left
        • Christopher Bostick hit for Trevor Richards
        • C. Bostick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bostick struck out swinging
        • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ortega lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ben Meyer pitching
        • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
        • T. Nido: Ball, Nido singled to shallow right center
        • Z. Wheeler: Strike looking, Wheeler singled to shallow left, Nido to second
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Nido to third, Wheeler to second on passed ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, McNeil singled to right center, Nido scored, Wheeler to third
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked, McNeil to second
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Bruce homered to left, Wheeler, McNeil and Conforto scored
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo singled to shallow right
        • D. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith homered to right center, Nimmo scored
        • J. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
        • Javy Guerra relieved Ben Meyer
        • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • D. Dietrich: Dietrich grounded out to first
        • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Brinson struck out looking
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Riddle flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce flied out to right
        • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo flied out to deep right
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Realmuto struck out looking
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reyes singled to right
        • T. Nido: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Nido flied out to center
        • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Wheeler singled to right, Reyes to third
        • A. Rosario: Rosario homered to left, Reyes and Wheeler scored
        • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to deep right
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle singled to center
        • M. Sierra: Ball, Sierra flied out to right
        • T. Richards: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Richards hit sacrifice bunt to first, Riddle to second
        • R. Ortega: Ortega grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce flied out to center
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
        • D. Smith: Smith flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to first
        • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Dietrich struck out on foul tip
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Brinson lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Smith doubled to deep right
        • J. Reyes: Reyes doubled to deep right center, Smith scored
        • T. Nido: Foul, Strike swinging, Nido safe at first on right fielder Anderson fielding error, Reyes scored
        • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Wheeler hit sacrifice bunt to first, Nido to second
        • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
        • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McNeil tripled to deep center, Nido scored
        • M. Conforto: Foul, Conforto grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Foul, Ortega popped out to third
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to third
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Realmuto flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario fouled out to first
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil singled to left
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to third, McNeil to second
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce walked
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)