Rapid Reaction: Mets Rally To Beat Marlins 8-7

The New York Mets (13-15) came from behind to defeat the Miami Marlins (12-16) by a score of 8-7 on Friday night at Citi Field.

Pitching

Rafael Montero (0-2, 9.45) took the mound for the Mets in his first start of the season against Tom Koehler (1-1, 5.40 ERA).

Montero appeared in a game for the big league club for the first time since April 18 due to Noah Syndergaard‘s absence.

In the first three innings, Montero allowed three walks, three hits and only one run while hitting a batter.

He collapsed in the fourth, however, as he gave up four hits and was charged with four runs.

Montero’s final line has him giving up seven hits, three walks and five runs in 3.2 innings while striking out four.

Josh Smoker came on in the fourth to spell Montero to record the final out. However, he intentionally walked Marcell Ozuna before surrending four runs (two of which were charged to Montero) on a hit by pitch and two doubles. .

Smoker hit Dee Gordon with a pitch to start off the fifth, but got the next two batters out before Fernando Salas was called upon to get the final out.

Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless sixth and Jerry Blevins tossed a scoreless seventh to lower their ERAs to 1.65 and 0.82, respectively.

Addison Reed came in for the eighth with the Mets leading 8-7 and promptly pitched a scoreless frame while striking out two.

Jeurys Familia came on for the save opportunity in the ninth and sealed the win with a clean inning.

Offense

T.J. Rivera opened up the scoring with his first home run of the season in the first inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.

After the Marlins took a 7-1 lead in the top of the fourth, Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer to right center field in the bottom of the inning.

The Mets biggest inning came in the seventh as they put up a five spot.

The first six batters of the inning each had a hit to rack up four runs. Granderson was then intentionally walked to load the bases, which brought Wilmer Flores to the plate. Flores drew a bases-loaded walk on four pitches to give the Mets a 8-7 lead.

T.J. Rivera led the team with three RBIs in addition to going 2-for-4 at the dish with one run scored.

Additionally, Rene Rivera and Flores had two hits and one RBI each on the night.

On Deck

The Mets will send Robert Gsellman (1-2, 6.75 ERA) to the mound on Saturday.

He will be opposed by Odrisamer Despaigne, who was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to fill in for Wei-Yin Chen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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