The New York Mets (68-78) defeated the Miami Marlins (57-89) by a score of 5-2 in the second game of their Thursday doubleheader at Citi Field.
Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.47 ERA) got the nod in this one as he looked to replicate the success he experienced from the middle of August to the end of August.
Vargas did exactly that as he delivered a quality start for the Mets. Overall he went six innings and gave up two runs, three hits and two walks. Aside from a two-run homer given up to Miguel Rojas in the third, Vargas held the Marlins to only two hits and two walks.
Seth Lugo pitched a masterpiece from the bullpen for the Mets. He came on in the seventh and promptly struck out the side. He stayed on for the eighth inning and struck out the first two batters before allowing a single. However, he finished off his night by getting Peter O’Brien to fly out for the final out of the eighth.
Robert Gsellman came on in the ninth for the save opportunity. He was able to pick up his 11th save of the season with a scoreless frame.
The Mets’ offense took on rookie Jeff Brigham (0-2, 7.36 ERA) who made the second start of his MLB career.
Brigham fared well against the Mets in the early innings. However, the Mets made some strides against him in the fifth. Tomas Nido got things started by smacking a solo home run to left field. Vargas and Amed Rosario followed with a single apiece before Jeff McNeil traded places with Rosario from a force out. Michael Conforto then gave the Mets the lead by driving in both Vargas and McNeil with a RBI double.
The Mets struck again in the seventh inning thanks to their youth. Rosario, McNeil and Conforto all hit one-out singles with the latter scoring a run. Dominic Smith then brought in a second run after grounding out to first.
Both Rosario and Conforto had solid performances as Rosario had three hits and Conforto had two hits and three RBI.
The Mets travel to Fenway Park for the first time since 2009 and will open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets and he will be opposed by Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.29 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT and the game will be broadcast on SNY and 710 WOR.