Wilson Ramos delivered an opposite field hit with a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Marlins Wednesday night.
Jacob deGrom started for the Mets and was his usual terrific self. He threw 104 pitches in seven innings, allowed just one run and struck out 14. He fanned six of the final nine batters he faced and was in complete control. The only run he gave up came on a bloop double and two weak ground outs.
Justin Wilson came on in the eighth inning and immediately gave up back-to-back two-strike hits. One out later the Marlins had their third hit of the inning and the bases were loaded. Luis Rojas brought on Edwin Diaz for a five-out save but the Marlins had other plans. An infield hit cut the lead to 4-2 and a bases-loaded walk made it 4-3. Diaz fell behind the next batter 2-0 and then seemed to hurt his leg and was removed from the game.
Rojas called for Brad Brach, who a few years ago had 18 Saves with the Orioles but was not a guy the Mets expected to pitch in an ultra-high-leverage situation. Brach just missed with two pitches to complete the walk, which was charged to Diaz. Brach got the final out of the eighth inning but the game was now tied.
Brach closed out the game and his job was made easier thanks to a caught stealing where Jeff McNeil planted his foot in front of the bag and prevented the runner from reaching the base. Originally called safe, Ron Darling immediately said the play was going to be reviewed, as he saw the block before anyone else.
deGrom didn’t get the win but he lowered his ERA to 1.80 and the Mets are 5-1 in his starts this season.