Jonathon Niese started and for the first time in his career gave up 4 earned runs in 3 consecutive games. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a RBI double by the red hot Lucas Duda. In the 2nd a two run double by Donovan Solano made it 2-1 Fish. In the third Stanton hit his first dinger of the game to right center, # 14 on the year and it was 3-1. In the 4th J.T. Realmuto hit a 2 run shot to make it 5-1 Marlins and that was all for Niese. The Mets offense showed some life, as they scored 4 times in the bottom of the 4th to tie it. Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares singled. Danny Muno walked. Granderson hit a ball off the left field wall that turned into an RBI single. Then Ruben Tejada followed with a gapper to left that cleaned the bases and the game was tied at 5-5. The Met bullpen held until the 7th. Hansel Robles struggled ultimately yielding a 2 run single to Christian Yelich for a 7-5 Marlin lead. Alex Torres took the mound and pitched a scoreless 8th but in the 9th allowed a bomb to Stanton, his second on the game #15 on the year in the 2nd deck in left. Jeff Baker followed with a solo homer to make it 9-5 Marlins.
Niese goes 4 innings allowing 7 hits 5 runs (4 earned) walking 3. Robles take the loss falling to 0-1. Mike Dunn gets the win in relief he’s 1-3. A.J. Ramos notches his 4th save as the Marlins clinch a series win taking the first two games of the series. Martin Prado went 3 for 5 and 4 Marlins had 2 RBI apiece to pace a 14 hit attack. Ruben Tejada went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI for the Mets.
With the loss the Mets fall to 27-23 overall 20-8 at the friendly confines. With another Nat loss they stay 1 ½ games out of first in the NL east. Sunday afternoon the Mets look to salvage the final game of the set. Bartolo Colon (7-3 4.82) goes for the Mets, David Phelps (2-2 3.56) goes for Miami.