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Stanton's 2 HRs help Marlins thump Mets

May 7, 2017

NEW YORK -- Their rotations in flux, the Marlins and Mets each found themselves in need of spot starts on Sunday. For the Marlins, things worked out as well as they could have hoped. For the Mets, the opposite was true.Jose Urena carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of

NEW YORK -- Their rotations in flux, the Marlins and Mets each found themselves in need of spot starts on Sunday. For the Marlins, things worked out as well as they could have hoped. For the Mets, the opposite was true.
Jose Urena carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of a 7-0 victory at Citi Field, giving the Marlins six innings of one-hit ball in place of injured starter Edinson Volquez. That contrasted sharply with Mets left-hander Adam Wilk's outing: 3 2/3 innings and six runs (five earned) as a last-minute substitute for suspended pitcher Matt Harvey.
"He was good. He was aggressive," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Urena, who had been used in long relief until Sunday. "He got a lot of quick outs. Outstanding."

The Mets did not break through off Urena until catcher Rene Rivera lined a single into left field to lead off the sixth. Urena also hit a batter in the second inning and walked one in the sixth, but otherwise was spotless, striking out two.
"We don't think about it, because there's a game, something can happen," Urena said. "We were focused, working hitter by hitter. Mix it up early. Starting with breaking balls because they were hunting the fastball all the time."

Not so fortunate was Wilk, who learned Saturday that the Mets had suspended Harvey for a violation of team rules. Thrust into a starting role, Wilk allowed a pair of Giancarlo Stanton home runs, including a 468-foot blast that was the longest at Citi Field since the start of 2015.
"It does have a good batter's eye," Stanton said of hitting at Citi Field. "But I don't know. The atmosphere is always fun. You have to play well or else you're going to get heckled, too, in the outfield, is another thing."

Behind Urena and Stanton, the Marlins salvaged the final game of a three-game series loss to the Mets. It was the second combined one-hitter of the season for the Marlins, who also held the Mariners to a single hit behind Wei-Yin Chen's seven no-hit innings in an April 18 victory.
"We just couldn't get much going today," Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said. "It had nothing to do with any bad news or anything. It's just baseball."
Double dose of Giancarlo: Stanton continues to do things at Citi Field that no one else in baseball does -- or can. The outfielder's first homer off Wilk came off the bat at 113.1 mph, per Statcast™, though his second was more impressive. The 468-foot, third-inning shot was the longest at Citi since Statcast™ began tracking data in 2015. At 113.4 mph, it also made Stanton the first player since 2015 to hit multiple homers over 113 mph in a game.
"I knew nothing about him before today," Stanton said. "We saw a little bit of film and some tendencies, but that's about it. But readjust. Make adjustments. You never know what's going to happen." More >

Avoiding history: Baffled by Urena's three-pitch mix, the Mets finally broke through for a hit when Rivera ambushed a first-pitch fastball in the sixth, redirecting it into left field. The Mets actually parlayed that into their only extended rally, putting two men on base with two outs. But Urena induced an inning-ending lineout from Jay Bruce to cap his six-inning performance.

"We've been treading water and feeling like you're sinking a little bit. At some point we've got to start putting games together and you've got to start somewhere. So today was a good day. It was good to get out of the blocks."
-- Mattingly, on closing out a 2-3 road trip with a win
Waking up Saturday morning in Las Vegas, Wilk first traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., with the Mets' Triple-A team, laying over briefly in Denver. The 51s then shipped him out via Los Angeles to New York, where he landed around 8:45 a.m. and went straight to Citi Field. Wilk did not learn until late Saturday night that he was going to start.
"I tried to sleep wherever I could, on the plane or sitting in the airport," Wilk said. "But I don't want to make any excuses. I should have made better pitches."

The Marlins are running out of infielders. Third baseman Miguel Rojas left the game in the second inning due to right thumb soreness. The Marlins announced that he is day to day. Five innings later, his replacement, Martin Prado, also departed with a leg injury. More >

Marlins: Left-hander Adam Conley (2-2, 6.12 ERA) takes the mound on Monday in the series opener against the Cardinals at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m.ET. Miami, which has played only 11 of its first 30 games at home, begins a nine-game homestand. Carlos Martinez (1-3, 3.75 ERA) gets the start for St. Louis.
Mets: The Mets will face the Giants on Monday for the first time since losing to them in the National League Wild Card Game. The good news? They won't see the winning pitcher in that game, Madison Bumgarner, who is on the disabled list. Left-hander Matt Moore will instead start for the Giants, opposite Jacob deGrom, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.