MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Catcher John Buck was one of the many overpaid free agents the Miami Marlins brought in last season only to send them away in less than a year. Tuesday, Buck made them pay with a two-run, 10th inning hit to lift the New York Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Fish.
“When I came up I kind of had a similar situation with (Steve) Cishek, who is more funky, I said all right, just stick with that approach,” Buck said. “He left it over the plate and I got the results I wanted this time.”
The Mets threatened in the eighth when Marlon Byrd led off with a triple but Qualls struck out Ike Davis, got Buck to ground out and, two batters later, struck out Omar Quintanilla to end the inning.
Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Juan Lagares had three hits and two RBIs for the Mets.
Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick had consecutive RBI singles after Ed Lucas got Miami’s first hit with one out in the seventh to tie it 2-all.
“I did get a little rushed after that,” Wheeler said. “I probably let down my guard just a little bit, but it’s a learning experience.”
Wheeler allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked three while throwing 64 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
“That might have been as dominant of a performance through six innings that I’ve seen all year from anybody,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Scott Atchison (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the victory and Bobby Parnell pitched the 10th for his 22nd save in 26 opportunities.
Cishek (3-6) allowed two runs and three hits in two innings. Cishek retired the Mets in order in the ninth before allowing back-to-back singles by David Wright and Marlon Byrd to begin the 10th.
Cishek then walked Davis to load the bases for Buck, who drove in Wright and Byrd with a base hit up the middle for a 4-2 lead.
Parnell walked one in the ninth before earning his second save in two days.
Wheeler, a 23-year old rookie making his eighth major league start, retired the first 11 batters he faced before walking Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth.
“I felt smooth throughout my mechanics, my rhythm was good, good tempo in between pitches, everything was just clicking well and I was hitting my spots,” Wheeler said. “I did get away with a few mistakes tonight, but it happens. Sometimes you get away with them and sometimes you don’t. Tonight was just one of those nights.”
After a walk to Logan Morrison, Lucas broke up Wheeler’s no-hit bid with a hard-hit one-out single to right in the seventh. Solano and Marisnick each singled in a run to tie it 2-2.
“I was just trying to put a good swing on a fastball,” Lucas said. “He was pretty overpowering up to that point. I wasn’t trying to do too much. I wasn’t trying to hit a home run or anything. I was just trying to get on base.”
Wheeler got Jeff Mathis to bounce into a double play to get out of the jam ending his night.
Wright led off the fourth with a double and Buck walked with two outs before Lagares tripled to right-center field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs, four hits, and five walks in six innings. He struck out four.
“It was rough tonight,” Eovaldi said. “I have to work ahead. My fastball command wasn’t there. I was off the plate, just a rough one.”
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