MIAMI (CBSMiami/SportsDirect) – It was an exciting weekend of baseball for fans of the Miami Marlins.
Third baseman Martin Prado had his second walk-off RBI in three days as the Marlins beat the NL East-leading New York Mets 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.
With one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Prado lined a sacrifice fly to left against Mets reliever Tyler Clippard. Prado fouled off eight pitches before lining his shot on Clippard’s 12th pitch of the at-bat.
Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes made a leaping grab in left but his throw home could not beat pinch-runner J.T. Realmuto.
Justin Bour tied the score with a pinch-hit solo homer — also against Clippard — with two outs in the eighth. It was his 16th homer of the season and the first of his career as a pinch-hitter.
New York (75-61) will now visit the second-place Washington Nationals for three games Monday through Wednesday.
The Marlins, who have won five of their past six games, are way out of contention at 57-80 but still did damage to the Mets.
New York left-hander Steven Matz, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since July 5 due to a muscle tear on his left side, allowed four hits, two walks and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 81 pitches.
However, he left with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand.
Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since July 4 due to an inner-ear disorder that caused dizziness and nausea, got a no-decision. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed five hits, one walk and one run. He threw 88 pitches.
New York started quickly. Cespedes, the game’s second batter, drilled a solo homer to left-center. It was his fourth homer in the past five games and his 30th of the season.
Miami tied the score in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Dee Gordon drew a leadoff walk, stole second, went to third on a fly out and scored on a single to left by right fielder Marcell Ozuna. Gordon has 48 steals on the season.
The Marlins took a 2-1 in the fifth when catcher Jeff Mathis homered to left. It was the first homer of the season for Mathis, who entered the game hitting .123.
Second baseman Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer with one out in the sixth inning to give New York a 3-2 lead. Flores hit a 3-1 pitch from reliever Chris Narveson to left for his 16th homer of the season.
Bour tied the score with Miami’s first pinch-hit homer of the year, and that set the stage for Prado.
NOTES: The Mets rested 3B David Wright and C Travis d’Arnaud. The Mets used d’Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the ninth. … Mets OF/1B Michael Cuddyer (wrist) and INF Daniel Murphy (quadriceps) missed their third straight starts. Murphy was used as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning on Sunday and is expected to return to the lineup Monday at Washington. Cuddyer, who received a cortisone injection, is likely out until at least Tuesday. … Mets 1B Lucas Duda (back) could return Tuesday. … Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton (fractured left wrist) said Sunday he may not return this season. When he got hurt on June 26, it was reported that he would miss only 4-6 weeks. … Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria (hamstring) missed his third straight game. … With Mets LHP Steven Matz on the mound, Miami rested lefty hitters and normal starters Justin Bour (1B) and Derek Dietrich (LF). … Marlins RHP Carter Capps (elbow) still feels discomfort and is not ready to return.
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