Mets top Marlins in under two hours

Miami, FL ( – There wasn’t much offense throughout the game
between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins.

But the two teams saved the best for last.

Daniel Murphy’s three-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Mets to a 3-1
win over the Marlins in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

“Murphy has reviewed some stuff, worked on some things,” Mets manager Terry
Collins said. “It was Dan’s night.”

New York starter Dillon Gee and Miami’s Jarred Cosart dueled throughout the
evening and the Marlins were the first to crack the scoreboard, albeit in the
eighth inning.

Gee began the eighth with a groundout of Ichiro Suzuki and a strikeout of
Adeiny Hechavarria. Pinch-hitter Justin Bour then singled and Dee Gordon
followed with a base hit. Prado made it three hits in a row with a single to
center that plated pinch-runner Reid Brignac.

Carlos Torres (1-0) relieved Gee and induced an inning-ending popout from
Giancarlo Stanton.

The Mets, who dropped two of three to the Yankees over the weekend, responded
in the ninth off Miami closer Steve Cishek (0-1). Juan Lagares doubled to lead
off the inning before Lucas Duda worked a walk. After Michael Cuddyer popped
out to shallow right, Murphy blasted his second homer of the season into right
center that gave the New York the lead.

“It was just poor execution,” Cishek said. “It’s tough, especially how well we
have been playing.”

Jeurys Familia worked the ninth for his ninth save of the season. Familia
struck out Marcell Ozuna, then Murphy made a shoestring catch on a grounder
before getting Michael Morse at first and J.T. Realmuto grounded out to
shortstop to end the game.

Miami had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Game Notes

Cosart was in line for the win after giving up just two hits and three walks
over eight scoreless innings … Gee allowed one run on six hits over 7 2/3
innings … Game time: 1:58 … New York has won five straight to open the
season against the Marlins … Miami outhit the Mets 6-5.