Posted by Craig Mitchell at 4:41 PM
Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park, Martin Prado’s sac-fly with 1 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning brought home J.T. Realmuto with the game winner. The Marlins walk off for the 2nd time this weekend as they beat the Mets 4-3. Steven Matz returned to the mound and while he didn’t have his best stuff, he was enough to handle the Marlins. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when the red hot Yoenis Cespedes stroked yet another home run, his 3rd in 3 games and 11th as a Met. He now has 30 over all on the season. Miami tied the game in the bottom of the first. Dee Gordon walked, stole second, tagged and went to third and came home on a RBI single by Marcel Ozuna. In the bottom of the 5th the Fish took the lead when backup catcher Jeff Mathis hit the first pitch he saw off Matz for a solo homer, his 1st on the year, for a 2-1 Marlin lead. In the top of the 6th, Cespedes walked and a batter later Flores belted the 2 run homer to give the Mets the lead, for Flores, his 2nd homer in 2 games and 16th on the year and the Mets led 3-2. Matz left the game after 5 1/3 when he raised a blister on his pitching hand. He allowed 4 hits the 2 runs (earned) walked 2 and struck out 6. He gets the no decision. Hansel Robles finished the 6th; Addison Reed pitched out of a mini-jam in the 7th. In the 8th Tyler Clippard retired the first two batters, but big lefty Justin Bour clubbed a long upper deck pinch hit homer to tie the game at 3. The Mets had a golden opportunity to take a lead in the top of the 9th. They had the bases loaded with 1 out and had the red hot Travis d’Arnaud as a pinch hitter, but he grounded into a double play to end the threat. For Clippard, the homer was the first run he has ever yielded at Marlins Park. Clippard stayed in to pitch the 9th. Mathis reached on a dropped third strike. Ichiro struck out. Gordon singled to make it 1st and 3rd. Christian Yelich was intentionally walked and then Prado came through after a 12 pitch at bat to bring in the winning run. Clippard takes the loss; he falls to 2-1. A.J. Ramos gets the win improving to 2-4. Cespedes went 2 for 4 with the homer. Michael Conforto stays hot going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. The Marlins take 2 of 3 from the Mets in the weekend set, with the loss the Mets fall to 75-61 and 30-37 on the road. . The Nats were winning on Sunday, so the Mets now will probably go to Washington D.C. Monday for a 3 game set holding a 4 game lead in the NL East. Monday night its Jonathon Niese (8-10 4.17) goes for the Mets, Max Scherzer (11-11 2.89) goes for Washington.