NEW YORK (CBSMiami/SportsDirect) – One hot team ran into another hot team in Queens on Monday night.
Third baseman David Wright laced a tie-breaking ground-rule RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning as the New York Mets produced another comeback win by beating the Miami Marlins 4-3 at Citi Field.
With their season-high eighth straight win, the Mets (83-61) increased their lead in the National League East to 10 games while reducing the magic number for clinching the division to 10, pending the Washington Nationals’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Marlins (61-83) lost their second in a row and fell to 8-4 in September.
Six of the Mets’ last eight wins have been of the come-from-behind variety. On Monday, New York jumped out to a 1-0 lead on left fielder Yoenis Cespedes’ long homer in the third. However, Miami tied it on an RBI groundout by shortstop Miguel Rojas in the fifth and took the lead on back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth by left fielder Derek Dietrich and catcher J.T Realmuto.
But the Mets wasted little time tying the game in the bottom of the sixth, when second baseman Juan Uribe doubled with two outs before catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run homer to center.
In the seventh, shortstop Wilmer Flores drew a one-out walk against Marlins right-hander Kyle Barraclough (2-1). Pinch-runner Eric Young stole second, after which pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson drew a walk and pinch-hitter Michael Conforto popped out to first base.
Wright, who also doubled in the first, then bounced a double over the center-field wall.
Right-hander Hansel Robles (4-2) earned the win with a hitless seventh. Right-handers Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia retired the final six batters in order, with Familia earning his 41st save.
Mets right-hander Logan Verrett, making a spot start so that New York can manage the innings of right-hander Matt Harvey, allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings.
Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two over six innings.
NOTES: Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was named the National League Player of the Week after hitting .345 with an NL-high four homers and a major league-leading 12 RBI. … Mets OF/1B Michael Cuddyer returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 1. A sore right wrist limited him to five plate appearances in the last 11 games. … Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton (broken left hamate bone) took batting practice before the game. Stanton, who was injured June 26, will be with the Marlins throughout a seven-game road trip that began Monday. Manager Dan Jennings said he is still hopeful Stanton can return this season. … Marlins RHP Carter Capps (right elbow strain) threw a bullpen session Monday. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3.
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