NEW YORK -- The Marlins had trouble scoring at Citi Field on Wednesday night, at least until the ninth inning. They scored two runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to steal a 2-1 win over New YorkDown, 1-0, entering the ninth, the Marlins put runners on second and third with
NEW YORK -- The Marlins had trouble scoring at Citi Field on Wednesday night, at least until the ninth inning. They scored two runs off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to steal a 2-1 win over New York
Down, 1-0, entering the ninth, the Marlins put runners on second and third with one out before J.T. Realmuto singled to center, scoring pinch-runner Yadiel Rivera. Two batters later, Starlin Castro singled to left, scoring Realmuto.
"We really didn't knock [Familia] around. We threw a couple of fisters out there. He has tremendous stuff,and he is not a guy you are going to beat up," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "But we were able to hit a couple of balls that we fight off, not cheating out there. He beats us to the spot. But were able to get enough to put it in play."
Closer Brad Ziegler pitched a shutout ninth inning to pick up his ninth save of the season. The Marlins finished the road trip at 3-3 and now play a brief three-game series against the Nationals at Marlins Park.
"The win was huge for us, to be able to finish the road trip on a positive note," Realmuto said. "It was good to win the series against a real good team over there. Hopefully, we can carry some momentum into the homestand."
The rally helped right-hander Dan Straily avoid a tough-luck loss. He lasted six innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. He made one mistake in the fifth inning when Brandon Nimmo took a 2-2 pitch and put it into the right-field seats.
"It was a pitchers' duel. It really fun to be in, honestly. You can't be the first one to blink. You don't want to make a mistake, and I did," Straily said. "It's really frustrating to be out there. You are on and off the field so quickly. To make that one mistake; Nimmo didn't miss it by any means. You kind of knew going in there that there is a fine line between what he can get to and what he can't get to. Obviously, he got to that one.
"It's really a testament to us finishing the game hard and the guys not taking any at-bats off, no matter who is on the hill. Were were grinding those at-bats, coming through big."
Realmuto did his best to make sure New York's early lead wasn't bigger. Mets shortstop Amed Rosario led off the fifth with a single, but Realmuto nailed him at second trying to steal.
Realmuto's pop time on the play was 1.76 seconds, which is the fastest on any caught-stealing at second base since Statcast™ started in 2015. Rosario's sprint speed on the play was 28.5 feet per second, above the MLB average of 27. Mattingly then joked with Realmuto that Statcast™ wasn't around when Hall of Famer Johnny Bench was playing. Nimmo, who was at the plate, cranked his homer moments later.
"I didn't know [what I did] until after the game," Realmuto said. "Straily gave me a good pitch to throw on. I had a pretty good idea Rosario was looking to run there, just trying to get something going. I was able to put a good throw down there. It worked out for us."
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was solid, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight. The Marlins had a chance to score against the right-hander in the fifth inning. The Marlins had runners on first and second with one out, but Realmuto and Justin Bour struck out to end the threat.
Outfielder Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch twice in Wednesday's game and now has been hit eight times this season, which is second in the Majors to the Cubs' Kristopher Bryant (nine). Dietrich led the National League in hit-by-pitches in 2016 with 24.
The Marlins have the day off on Thursday, but they'll return to Miami to open a three-game series against the Nationals on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Right-hander Jose Urena will take the mound for Miami in his third career start against Washington. Last year, Urena was 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA against the Nationals. Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will pitch for Washington, and he is having another Cy Young Award-caliber season. So far in May, Scherzer is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA, and opposing hitters are hitting .177.
Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. He covered the Nationals/Expos from 2002-2016. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.