Mets beat Marlins 6-2, reach .500 for 1st time since May

NEW YORK (AP) Back at .500 for the first time since late May, the New York Mets hope this spurt is just a start.

''It's exciting,'' Jacob deGrom said after pitching the Mets over the Miami Marlins 6-2 in the opener of a Monday's twi-night doubleheader. ''We still got work to do.''

Jeff McNeil welcomed Robert Dugger to the major leagues with a home run on his first pitch, Amed Rosario broke a 1-1 tie with a third-inning homer and deGrom gave himself a three-run cushion with a two-run single off the 24-year-old rookie.

New York was 40-51 after losing its first game of second half but is 16-5 since, winning 10 of its last 11. The Mets trailed by eight games for the second NL wild card before play on July 25 but started the doubleheader just three games back.

''We know we're far from our goal,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''We have to continue to climb and climb and climb, and scratch and claw.''

DeGrom (7-7) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired 15 of his last 16 batters, his only mistake when Isan Diaz homered in the sixth inning of his big league debut for his first hit.

Walker Lockett (1-1) was brought up to start the second game for the Mets, who have not been above .500 since they were 16-15 before play on May 3. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-10) pitched a two-hit shutout against New York on May 19.

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano went back on the injured list, a day after straining his left hamstring in a game at Pittsburgh. New York did not have a prognosis for the 36-year-old, who was limited to one game between May 22 and June 16 because of a strained left quadriceps. He is hitting .252 with 10 homers and 32 RBIs, including nine hits in his last 15 at-bats.

Dugger (0-1), brought up despite a 9.34 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A, gave up six runs, five hits and four walks in five innings, striking out three, hitting two batters and throwing a wild pitch. He became the first starting pitcher to give up a home run on the first pitch of his debut since New York Yankees rookie Derek Jeter - the Marlins current CEO - went deep off the California Angels' Jason Dickson on Aug 21, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''I think the walks pretty much got him in trouble,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Diaz, a 23-year-old second baseman, was among the four prospects acquired from Milwaukee in January 2018 for outfielder Christian Yelich. Diaz homered on a 1-2 fastball leading off the sixth, a 422-foot drive to right that was part of a 1-for-4 game.

A contingent of family and friends of the debutants cheered from the seats behind third base,

Another prospect obtained from the Brewers, 25-year-old outfielder Lewis Brinson, rejoined the Marlins and went 0 for 3. Brinson was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans on April 30 after starting the season with a .197 average, no homers and four RBIs.

To make from for Diaz at second, Starlin Castro was moved to third for the first time since rookie ball in 2008. Rookie Jon Berti switched from third to shortstop, where he had played just 11 innings previously in the big leagues.

McNeil homered for the third straight day - nine of his 14 home runs this season have come on the first pitch. He leads the majors in batting.

Miami tied the score when Brian Anderson and Castro doubled on the first two pitches of the second, but Rosario but the Mets ahead with his first Citi Field homer since June 6. DeGrom singled in the fourth for his first two-RBI game since May 2017.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: OF Cesar Puello (strained left hip flexor) and 1B Neil Walker (sprained right index finger) were put on the 10-day IL. RHP Ryne Stanek, acquired last Wednesday from Tampa Bay, was activated. He had not pitched since July 19 due to right hip soreness. RHP Kyle Keller was optioned to New Orleans.

Mets: New York did not have a prognosis for Cano, who was limited to one game between May 22 and June 16 because of a strained left quadriceps. INF infielder Luis Guillorme was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (8-6) makes his second start following the trade deadline, pitching Tuesday against Marlins RHP Jordan Yamamoto (2-4) - also part of the Yelich trade.

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  • W: J. deGrom (7-7)L: R. Dugger (0-1)
  • HR: MIA - I. Diaz (1), NYM - A. Rosario (12), J. McNeil (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Berti SS-CF40200011.275.337.438.7754.5
I. Diaz 2B41111013.250.2501.0001.2505.5
G. Cooper 1B40000033.281.348.450.798-1.5
B. Anderson RF31100001.245.327.442.7694.0
S. Castro 3B40110011.247.275.357.6322.5
H. Ramirez LF-CF-LF40000022.268.305.409.714-1.0
L. Brinson CF30000011.190.238.253.491-0.5
W. Chen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Rojas PH00000100.291.344.387.7301.0
J. Alfaro C30000132.258.297.409.706-0.5
R. Dugger P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Granderson LF0000-000.178.267.353.000-
b- M. Prado PH10100000.246.267.307.5751.0
Y. Rivera PR-SS00000000.183.258.217.4740.0
  • a-walked for Chen in the 9th
  • b-singled for Granderson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil 2B51211003.337.400.532.9327.0
A. Rosario SS52211023.281.321.447.7687.0
M. Conforto RF21000102.255.363.485.8493.0
P. Alonso 1B40110031.256.360.577.9370.5
J. Davis LF21010101.295.364.479.8433.0
E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Frazier 3B21000101.241.322.426.7473.0
T. Nido C40000014.206.234.318.552-0.5
J. Lagares CF10000310.189.266.270.5362.5
J. deGrom P30120012.196.260.304.5642.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Altherr PH-LF10000000.061.096.143.2390.0
  • a-fouled out for Wilson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Berti (5), B. Anderson (25), S. Castro (15)
  • HR - I. Diaz
  • RBI - I. Diaz, S. Castro (46)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper, B. Anderson, J. Alfaro 2 (2), R. Dugger 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - J. McNeil (14), A. Rosario (12)
  • SF - J. Davis
  • RBI - J. McNeil (50), A. Rosario (48), P. Alonso (79), J. Davis (34), J. deGrom 2 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, M. Conforto 2 (2), J. Davis, T. Nido 2 (2), J. deGrom
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Berti (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Berti-Diaz)
  • E - G. Cooper (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Nido)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Dugger (L, 0-1)5.056643210.801.80-3.5
T. Guerrero1.00001205.451.633.0
W. Chen2.01001306.651.595.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Dugger (L, 0-1)5.0
T. Guerrero1.0
W. Chen2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 7-7)7.05221812.771.0727.0
J. Wilson1.01000202.611.353.0
E. Diaz1.00001205.321.453.0
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 7-7)7.0
J. Wilson1.0
E. Diaz1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Dugger
  • HBP - R. Dugger 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dugger 85-49, T. Guerrero 22-16, W. Chen 26-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dugger 2-9, T. Guerrero 2-0, W. Chen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Dugger 25, T. Guerrero 5, W. Chen 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - E. Diaz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 94-69, J. Wilson 13-9, E. Diaz 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-7, J. Wilson 1-0, E. Diaz 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 26, J. Wilson 4, E. Diaz 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Berti SS-CF40200011.275.337.438.7754.5
I. Diaz 2B41111013.250.2501.0001.2505.5
G. Cooper 1B40000033.281.348.450.798-1.5
B. Anderson RF31100001.245.327.442.7694.0
S. Castro 3B40110011.247.275.357.6322.5
H. Ramirez LF-CF-LF40000022.268.305.409.714-1.0
L. Brinson CF30000011.190.238.253.491-0.5
W. Chen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Rojas PH00000100.291.344.387.7301.0
J. Alfaro C30000132.258.297.409.706-0.5
R. Dugger P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Granderson LF0000-000.178.267.353.000-
b- M. Prado PH10100000.246.267.307.5751.0
Y. Rivera PR-SS00000000.183.258.217.4740.0
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  • a-walked for Chen in the 9th
  • b-singled for Granderson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil 2B51211003.337.400.532.9327.0
A. Rosario SS52211023.281.321.447.7687.0
M. Conforto RF21000102.255.363.485.8493.0
P. Alonso 1B40110031.256.360.577.9370.5
J. Davis LF21010101.295.364.479.8433.0
E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Frazier 3B21000101.241.322.426.7473.0
T. Nido C40000014.206.234.318.552-0.5
J. Lagares CF10000310.189.266.270.5362.5
J. deGrom P30120012.196.260.304.5642.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Altherr PH-LF10000000.061.096.143.2390.0
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  • a-fouled out for Wilson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Berti (5), B. Anderson (25), S. Castro (15)
  • HR - I. Diaz
  • RBI - I. Diaz, S. Castro (46)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper, B. Anderson, J. Alfaro 2 (2), R. Dugger 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - J. McNeil (14), A. Rosario (12)
  • SF - J. Davis
  • RBI - J. McNeil (50), A. Rosario (48), P. Alonso (79), J. Davis (34), J. deGrom 2 (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, M. Conforto 2 (2), J. Davis, T. Nido 2 (2), J. deGrom
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Berti (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Berti-Diaz)
  • E - G. Cooper (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Nido)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Dugger (L, 0-1)5.056643210.801.80-3.5
T. Guerrero1.00001205.451.633.0
W. Chen2.01001306.651.595.5
Total8.0666682---
PITCHERSIP
R. Dugger (L, 0-1)5.0
T. Guerrero1.0
W. Chen2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 7-7)7.05221812.771.0727.0
J. Wilson1.01000202.611.353.0
E. Diaz1.00001205.321.453.0
Total9.06222121---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 7-7)7.0
J. Wilson1.0
E. Diaz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Dugger
  • HBP - R. Dugger 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Dugger 85-49, T. Guerrero 22-16, W. Chen 26-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Dugger 2-9, T. Guerrero 2-0, W. Chen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Dugger 25, T. Guerrero 5, W. Chen 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - E. Diaz (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 94-69, J. Wilson 13-9, E. Diaz 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-7, J. Wilson 1-0, E. Diaz 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 26, J. Wilson 4, E. Diaz 5
  • 6TH INNING
    Diaz homered to right center26
  • 5TH INNING
    Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Conforto scored16
    Alonso singled to center, Rosario scored, Conforto to second15
  • 4TH INNING
    deGrom singled to center, Davis and Frazier scored, Lagares to second14
  • 3RD INNING
    Rosario homered to right center12
  • 2ND INNING
    Castro doubled to left center, Anderson scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    McNeil homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Edwin Diaz pitching
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson hit by pitch
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro reached on fielder's choice to second, Anderson out at second
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked, Castro to second
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Justin Wilson relieved Jacob deGrom
    • Martin Prado hit for Curtis Granderson
    • M. Prado: Prado singled to right center
    • Yadiel Rivera ran for Martin Prado
    • J. Berti: Berti reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rivera out at second
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Justin Wilson
    • A. Altherr: Strike swinging, Altherr fouled out to right
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, McNeil singled to left
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brinson grounded out to third
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wei-Yin Chen pitching
    • Curtis Granderson in left field
    • P. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis lined out to pitcher
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier walked
    • T. Nido: Nido grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • I. Diaz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Diaz homered to right center
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to first
    • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Anderson popped out to second
    • St. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Robert Dugger
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lagares walked
    • J. deGrom: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, deGrom struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, McNeil reached on fielder's choice to first, Lagares to second on 1st baseman Cooper fielding error
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Conforto grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • R. Dugger: Dugger flied out to center
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dugger Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked, Rosario to second
    • P. Alonso: Alonso singled to center, Rosario scored, Conforto to second
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto to third, Alonso to second on wild pitch, Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Conforto scored
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier lined out to left
    • T. Nido: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Nido flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • St. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Brinson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dugger Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier hit by pitch, Davis to second
    • T. Nido: Nido popped out to third
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Lagares walked, Davis to third, Frazier to second
    • J. deGrom: Strike swinging, Ball, deGrom singled to center, Davis and Frazier scored, Lagares to second
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McNeil lined into double play shortstop to second, Lagares out at second
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Berti: Berti doubled to deep left
    • I. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz popped out to third
    • G. Cooper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dugger Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: McNeil grounded out to second
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario homered to right center
    • M. Conforto: Conforto flied out to deep left
    • P. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson doubled to deep left
    • St. Castro: Castro doubled to left center, Anderson scored
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Brinson flied out to center
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alfaro walked
    • R. Dugger: Dugger flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dugger Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
    • T. Nido: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lagares walked
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, deGrom flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Berti: Foul, Strike looking, Berti singled to right
    • I. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Berti stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Berti out at third
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging, Diaz out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • R. Dugger Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: McNeil homered to right center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario lined out to right
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto hit by pitch
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)