Matz helped out his own cause, crushing his first MLB homer in the second, a game-tying two-run shot, deep into the left-field seats.
The Fish went ahead early on back-to-back home runs, then jumped ahead again in the seventh, but on the day they learned the fate of their captain, David Wright, the Mets walked things off in dramatic fashion with back-to-back home runs from Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier.
The Marlins got on the board in the second, with Peter O’Brien and Issac Galloway going back-to-back with one out. Galloway’s homer went a good half-dozen rows into the left field upper deck.
Matz pitched perfect third and fourth innings, needing just 23 pitches to work through both frames. He walked Galloway to lead off the fifth, but induced a 6-4-3 double play to erase him, then struck out Alcantara to end the inning.
After another perfect frame in the sixth, Matz ran into some trouble in the seventh. Anderson led off with a ground-rule double down the right-field line. Matz retired Lewis Brinson then was pulled in favor of Drew Smith.
Matz finished his day with 6.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs on three hits, striking out four and walking two.
The Marlins jumped on Smith from the get-go. O’Brien stroked a one-out single to score Anderson and put the Marlins ahead 3-2. After a two-out Rafael Ortega single and a bases-on-balls issued to Alcantara, Smith got Miguel Rojas to line out to Jack Reinheimer at shortstop, escaping the jam and leaving the bases loaded.
Anthony Swarzak pitched the eighth, working around a Realmuto walk to log a clean inning.
The Mets, down 2-0 after those aforementioned back-to-back jacks, tied things up in the second. After Kevin Plawecki drew a two-out walk, Steven Matz drilled his first career home run. That thing got out in a hurry. Matz’ bat flip may have been the highlight of the at-bat, but on with the recap.
The Mets went down in order in the third, then ran themselves out of an opportunity in the fourth. Todd Frazier drew a one-out walk but got caught stealing with Austin Jackson at the plate, who then struck out to end the inning.
Alcantara retired nine straight Mets from the fifth through seventh innings, showing off his impressive slider and complementing that with a high-90’s heater.
Plawecki drew a leadoff walk in the eighth, bringing Miami manager Don Mattingly out of the dugout to get his 23-year-old right-hander. Jeff McNeil struck out looking on a borderline strike from new Marlins pitcher, Adam Conley, and Reinheimer and Nimmo were both set down to end the threat.
Jay Bruce popped out into foul territory to lead off the ninth. Amed Rosario came out to face Conley, but Mattingly went to Kyle Barraclough, which then prompted Mickey Callaway to call on Dominic Smith, who grounded out, bringing up Michael Conforto.
With two outs, Barraclough left an 87 MPH changeup right down the middle of the plate and Conforto drilled it into the Coca-Cola seats in right field.
In the next at-bat, Todd Frazier sent his 18th home run of the season into the seats in left, sending the Marlins to their demise in the first game of today’s twin-bill.
The Mets will take the field again shortly for the second game of their doubleheader at Citi Field.
The game will be televised on SNY and can be heard on 710AM WOR.