Smith pitches Marlins over newcomer Bautista, Mets 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) A few more starts like this and Caleb Smith might start getting a lot more attention.

The 26-year-old lefty pitched neatly into the seventh inning against a Mets lineup that included newcomer Jose Bautista, leading the Miami Marlins over New York 5-1 on a damp Tuesday night.

Smith (3-5) fanned eight, and leads all major league rookies with 65 strikeouts. He's allowed no more than three hits in five of his last six starts.

Even so, he didn't feel in charge.

''Not really. Fastball command wasn't really there tonight, either,'' he said. ''I just did a better job of putting it in the strike zone. I feel like I was more effectively wild than anything, but it worked out.''

Derek Dietrich homered and J.T. Realmuto got three hits as Miami, the lowest-scoring team in the majors, ended a three-game skid. The Mets had won four in a row.

Bautista signed with the Mets two days after being cut by Atlanta. The former home run champ was at home in Tampa, Florida, in mid-afternoon, hustled to the airport and arrived at Citi Field about a half-hour before gametime.

The 37-year-old Bautista called it ''one of the wildest days'' in his career.

While the Mets reworked their lineup, batting him fifth, Bautista went to loosen up. The first time he talked with manager Mickey Callaway was when he came off the field from stretching.

''I said, `You're in left field,' and he said, `I got it,''' Callaway said.

A six-time All-Star, Bautista lived up to his nickname of Joey Bats when he doubled his first time up. He then scored the Mets' only run on Tomas Nido's sacrifice fly and finished 1 for 3.

Smith gave up three hits and walked two over 6 2/3 innings. He twice fanned Bautista, and exited with a 3.83 ERA.

''It's been a pretty simple formula for him,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''Obviously, it's not that easy. But when he's throwing strikes, he's been pretty effective. And the only time he's really gotten in trouble has been when he's kind of been all around the zone and walking people.''

Smith has permitted no more than two earned runs in five of his last six starts. Center fielder Lewis Brinson helped him, jumping into the padded wall to catch Michael Conforto's leadoff drive in the seventh when it was still a two-run game.

Shut out by the Mets the previous night, the Marlins scored three times in the second against Zack Wheeler (2-4). Miguel Rojas hit an RBI single and an error by third baseman Jose Reyes on Smith's sacrifice bunt led to Realmuto's two-out, two-run single that barely trickled up the middle.

Wheeler allowed just one earned run in six innings, striking out nine without a walk.

Dietrich hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: C Devin Mesoraco (bruised left elbow) flied out as a pinch-hitter and stayed in the game. ... It hasn't been determined whether LF Yoenis Cespedes (hip flexor) will need any rehab games, Callaway said. ... CF Juan Lagares (toe) will have season-ending surgery Thursday. ... C Kevin Plawecki (broken hand) and RHP Hansel Robles (sprained knee) will start rehab assignments Thursday with Triple-A Las Vegas.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-0, 3.60 ERA) shut out Atlanta for seven innings in his last start.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.75) goes for his 50th career win. He is 4-4 in 13 starts vs. Miami.

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  • W: C. Smith (3-5)L: Z. Wheeler (2-4)
  • HR: MIA - D. Dietrich (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Prado 3B50000023.159.213.170.383-1.0
J. Realmuto C50320000.313.374.545.9195.0
J. Bour 1B40100113.243.398.464.8621.5
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B40100013.295.335.393.7280.5
B. Anderson RF32100122.273.357.381.7374.0
D. Dietrich LF42221010.255.301.388.6898.5
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Rivera SS00000000.171.275.200.4750.0
M. Rojas SS-1B41110010.265.324.424.7482.5
L. Brinson CF40000022.160.203.282.486-1.0
C. Smith P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Shuck PH-LF10000000.215.261.246.5070.0
  • a-flied out for Steckenrider in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo RF30000120.244.410.423.8330.0
A. Cabrera 2B40000002.317.363.539.9020.0
W. Flores 1B20000100.237.318.412.7311.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rhame P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Guillorme PH10000000.286.286.357.6430.0
M. Conforto CF40000021.227.340.361.702-1.0
J. Bautista LF31100020.158.256.368.6242.0
b- J. Bruce PH10000000.232.306.366.6720.0
J. Reyes 3B20100101.145.203.200.4032.0
T. Nido C10010001.150.205.175.3801.0
c- D. Mesoraco PH-C10000001.209.303.433.7350.0
Z. Wheeler P20100010.286.286.286.5710.5
A. Gonzalez 1B10100000.255.328.418.7462.0
A. Rosario SS30000012.245.269.360.629-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Rhame in the 9th
  • b-flied out for J. Bautista in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Nido in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Anderson (11)
  • HR - D. Dietrich (4)
  • SH - C. Smith (4)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto 2 (15), D. Dietrich 2 (15), M. Rojas (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bautista (2), A. Gonzalez (3)
  • SF - T. Nido
  • RBI - T. Nido (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Prado-Castro-Bour; Castro-Rojas-Bour)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Reyes 2 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 3-5)6.23112803.831.2226.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 7)0.10000005.751.430.0
K. Barraclough1.01001001.590.971.0
B. Ziegler1.00000006.861.433.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 3-5)6.2
D. Steckenrider (H, 7)0.1
K. Barraclough1.0
B. Ziegler1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (L, 2-4)6.07310905.321.5012.5
R. Gsellman1.01001102.671.221.5
A. Ramos1.01221115.211.37-0.5
J. Rhame1.00000003.861.293.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (L, 2-4)6.0
R. Gsellman1.0
A. Ramos1.0
J. Rhame1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 104-67, D. Steckenrider 7-4, K. Barraclough 17-10, B. Ziegler 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 4-7, K. Barraclough 2-0, B. Ziegler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 24, D. Steckenrider, K. Barraclough 4, B. Ziegler 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 106-78, R. Gsellman 29-19, A. Ramos 23-16, J. Rhame 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-4, R. Gsellman 2-0, J. Rhame 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 26, R. Gsellman 5, A. Ramos 5, J. Rhame 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Prado 3B50000023.159.213.170.383-1.0
J. Realmuto C50320000.313.374.545.9195.0
J. Bour 1B40100113.243.398.464.8621.5
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B40100013.295.335.393.7280.5
B. Anderson RF32100122.273.357.381.7374.0
D. Dietrich LF42221010.255.301.388.6898.5
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Rivera SS00000000.171.275.200.4750.0
M. Rojas SS-1B41110010.265.324.424.7482.5
L. Brinson CF40000022.160.203.282.486-1.0
C. Smith P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Shuck PH-LF10000000.215.261.246.5070.0
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  • a-flied out for Steckenrider in the 8th
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B. Nimmo RF30000120.244.410.423.8330.0
A. Cabrera 2B40000002.317.363.539.9020.0
W. Flores 1B20000100.237.318.412.7311.0
R. Gsellman P0000-000.000.250.000.000-
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rhame P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Guillorme PH10000000.286.286.357.6430.0
M. Conforto CF40000021.227.340.361.702-1.0
J. Bautista LF31100020.158.256.368.6242.0
b- J. Bruce PH10000000.232.306.366.6720.0
J. Reyes 3B20100101.145.203.200.4032.0
T. Nido C10010001.150.205.175.3801.0
c- D. Mesoraco PH-C10000001.209.303.433.7350.0
Z. Wheeler P20100010.286.286.286.5710.5
A. Gonzalez 1B10100000.255.328.418.7462.0
A. Rosario SS30000012.245.269.360.629-0.5
Total281410388-----
  • a-grounded out for Rhame in the 9th
  • b-flied out for J. Bautista in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Nido in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Anderson (11)
  • HR - D. Dietrich (4)
  • SH - C. Smith (4)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto 2 (15), D. Dietrich 2 (15), M. Rojas (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto 2 (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bautista (2), A. Gonzalez (3)
  • SF - T. Nido
  • RBI - T. Nido (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Prado-Castro-Bour; Castro-Rojas-Bour)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Reyes 2 (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 3-5)6.23112803.831.2226.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 7)0.10000005.751.430.0
K. Barraclough1.01001001.590.971.0
B. Ziegler1.00000006.861.433.0
Total9.0411380---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 3-5)6.2
D. Steckenrider (H, 7)0.1
K. Barraclough1.0
B. Ziegler1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (L, 2-4)6.07310905.321.5012.5
R. Gsellman1.01001102.671.221.5
A. Ramos1.01221115.211.37-0.5
J. Rhame1.00000003.861.293.0
Total9.09532111---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (L, 2-4)6.0
R. Gsellman1.0
A. Ramos1.0
J. Rhame1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 104-67, D. Steckenrider 7-4, K. Barraclough 17-10, B. Ziegler 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 4-7, K. Barraclough 2-0, B. Ziegler 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 24, D. Steckenrider, K. Barraclough 4, B. Ziegler 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 106-78, R. Gsellman 29-19, A. Ramos 23-16, J. Rhame 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-4, R. Gsellman 2-0, J. Rhame 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 26, R. Gsellman 5, A. Ramos 5, J. Rhame 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Dietrich homered to right center, Anderson scored51
  • 2ND INNING
    Nido hit sacrifice fly to right, Bautista scored31
    Realmuto singled to shallow center, Dietrich and Rojas scored, Smith to third, Realmuto to second30
    Rojas singled to right, Anderson scored, Dietrich to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jacob Rhame relieved AJ Ramos
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Prado lined out to right
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Bour popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • Yadiel Rivera at shortstop
    • Luis Guillorme hit for Jacob Rhame
    • L. Guillorme: Foul, Ball, Guillorme grounded out to first
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to first
    • Jay Bruce hit for Jose Bautista
    • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • AJ Ramos relieved Robert Gsellman
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich homered to right center, Anderson scored
    • M. Rojas: Rojas popped out to third
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Drew Steckenrider
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Shuck flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to deep right
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop, Gonzalez to third
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Nimmo out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Adrian Gonzalez at first
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • C. Smith: Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to second
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Prado struck out on foul tip
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Realmuto singled to left
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bour walked, Realmuto to second
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto flied out to center
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • Drew Steckenrider relieved Caleb Smith
    • Devin Mesoraco hit for Tomas Nido
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mesoraco flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to right
    • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Flores flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Prado struck out looking
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto grounded out to first
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bour singled to right
    • S. Castro: Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bour to third, Castro to second on 3rd baseman Reyes fielding error
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Reyes singled to right center
    • T. Nido: Nido grounded into double play third to second to first, Reyes out at second
    • Z. Wheeler: Ball, Ball, Wheeler singled to center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario fouled out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores lined out to right
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Conforto struck out on foul tip
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dietrich flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Nimmo flied out to deep right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson doubled to left center
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Dietrich singled to center, Anderson to third
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Rojas singled to right, Anderson scored, Dietrich to second
    • L. Brinson: Brinson lined out to left
    • C. Smith: Smith hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Dietrich to third, Rojas to second on 3rd baseman Reyes fielding error
    • M. Prado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Prado popped out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto singled to shallow center, Dietrich and Rojas scored, Smith to third, Realmuto to second
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista doubled to deep left
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second, Bautista to third
    • T. Nido: Foul, Foul, Ball, Nido hit sacrifice fly to right, Bautista scored
    • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wheeler struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Ball, Foul, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto singled to center
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bour lined out to center
    • S. Castro: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castro grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Realmuto out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flores walked
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)