The Mets tried to use the same formula as last night and it worked almost as well: a couple of runs in the first, leave it to your starter to hold it, add some insurance later. This time, it was Seth Lugo carrying the load.
The normally solid Jose Urena started for Miami, but Curtis Granderson got things going again from the leadoff spot as he laced a double to the left centerfield warning track to start the game. He crossed to third on a line drive to right by Asdrubal Cabrera, daring the shotgun arm of Giancarlo Stanton. After Yoenis Cespedes flied out to shallow left, Jay Bruce lined a base hit to center on an 0-2 pitch. T. J. Rivera followed with another double to center and the Mets had a 2-0 lead. They upholstered their lead nicely in the third, when Granderson reached on a challenged play that was called a throwing error on shortstop J. T. Riddle. After an out, Cespedes notched an infield hit to third. Bruce then hit a bloop to the opposite field that eluded the venerable Ichiro Suzuki. T. J. Rivera tested Ichiro again, lining a base hit for another RBI. Jose Reyes hit laser to Stanton in right and Bruce boldly raced home against Stanton’s cannon. It was 5-0, New York. They would need every last run, as it turned out.
For his part, Lugo looked smooth and sharp for five innings, yielding only three hits, one of them a Stanton homer in the fourth. In the sixth, though, he wobbled. With one out, Dee Gordon walked, but was gunned down by catcher Rene Rivera when he inexplicably tried to steal second. Stanton singled and Christian Yelich did the same. Third baseman Martin Prado hit line single to left, where Cespedes unleashed his own cannon arm, just missing nailing Stanton at the plate. The ball kicked away from Rene Rivera and runners ended up on second and third. Lugo then uncorked a wild pitch to make it a 5-3 ballgame. Mercifully, Justin Bour lifted a soft fly to Granderson to end the inning.
That was enough for Terry Collins, who turned this fragile game over to his shaky bullpen. Those relievers seemed to have their appearances on a loop. Jerry Blevins gave up a leadoff hit in the seventh, but held them off with a strikeout. Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff hit in the eighth, but held them off with a strikeout. Addison Reed gave up a leadoff hit in the ninth, but held them off with two strikeouts.
After a dreadful 0-4 start to the road trip, the Mets finished their travels 5-5.
Back home to phace the Phillies tomorrow night.