Mets Turn In Solid Win Against Marlins

Mets Turn In Solid Win Against Marlins

Mets Turn In Solid Win Against Marlins


NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – Like many people in the three-state area, New York Mets players had a long list of things to do in a nice early spring on Sunday.

Noah Syndergaard needed to save an overloaded bullpen and get in position to win his first win of the season. Jay Bruce needed to finish a good first week. Michael Comfort needed to make a good first impression in his first start of 2017.

Syndergaard, Bruce and Comfort scored impressively on Sunday night when Syndergaard pitched seven strong innings and Bruce and Comfort hit long homers in the Mets’ 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

“It was a solid game,” said Comfort. “Noah pitched well, the boys got close to the bats.”

Syndergaard (1-0) largely saved a bullpen that pitched 20 1/3 innings in the first five games by allowing two runs (one win) on five hits and no walks. He struck nine.

“I understood something of the pressure that was going to come out of this game, but I did not let that come to me,” Syndergaard said. “It just came out and made the game simple. They had fun out there, just went to my business.”

The Mets put Syndergaard to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Asdrubal Cabrera scored a catch from the J.T. Realmuto, Neil Walker packed a single producer and Comfort drew a walk full of bases.

Mets Turn In Solid Win Against Marlins

The Marlins mounted their most serious threat against Syndergaard in the third when the long-haired right-hander got help from catcher René Rivera.

Derek Dietrich headed the inning with a double and went to the third when Yoenis Céspedes dropped the Miguel Rojas overlay by a two-base error. Both runners scored one later when Dee Gordon doubled the line from third base but Rivera threw Gordon trying to steal third and then threw Realmuto trying to steal second after he reached a single in the box.

Rivera, who has captured each of Syndergaard’s last 18 starts, including the 2016 National League wild card game, has ousted 20 of the 64 base thieves since joining the Mets last season.

“Every time I throw someone out, I’m bombed,” Rivera said. “That’s one thing that’s an important part of my game and I take pride in it. I work hard to be consistent with it.”

The Mets added insurance on Bruce’s long home runs, which hit an immediate downtown bust in the fifth, and Comfort, whose shot landed on the bullpens in center right in the sixth.

Bruce hit just .219 with eight home runs and a .294 base percentage in 50 games for the Mets last season after his Cincinnati Reds’ acquisition last August 1, but ended the opening week with two homers, Three extra base hits and five walks.

“It’s always better to play well rather than not play well,” Bruce said with a chuckle. “I think individually I feel good for my beginning. Look to build out of it.”

Comfort, the team’s fourth outfielder and the youngest player on the Mets’ roster, may have to wait a few days to build his home run. Coach Terry Collins said he expects midfielder Curtis Granderson to return to the lineup on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“You just have to applaud Michael Comfort,” Collins said. “These guys are hungry, and Michael wants to stay there, he wants to be in this lineup, I just got an idea that tonight he was going to do something, and that was a big hit for him.”

Fernando Salas and Addison Reed (first save) pitched a perfect inning when the Mets avoided being swept in the three-game series.

Dietrich had two hits for the Marlins.

“Dee finishes with the big blow to get us 3-2 and then we just do not ride anything after that,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly.

Left-hander Edinson Volquez (0-1) took the loss after giving five runs (four earned) in seven hits and one run while eliminating seven more than six innings.

The Marlins saw their three-game winning streak end.

“You just want to get out of the blocks, actually – that first week, 10 days, two weeks, and not be 1-12 or something like that,” Mattingly said. “We hope to find rhythm and start winning two of three all the time.


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