Mark Vientos hit two of the team’s four home runs, while Jeff McNeil had two outfield assists in the same inning, including one at the plate, as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 8-3, Wednesday night in Miami. The victory gave the Mets the series win and upped their record this year versus the Marlins to 7-3.
Vientos gave the Mets the early lead when he homered in the second inning for the game’s first run. The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead but the Marlins got one back in the fourth. Vientos’ second blast of the night reinstated the club’s three-run lead. Both balls were hit to left field, with the second one measured at 417 feet.
In his last 17 games, Vientos is batting .306, with 6 XBH, including 5 HR in 66 PA.
Unlike his last outing, Kodai Senga did not have his best stuff. But he battled and turned in another good outing, with 6 IP and 2 ER. His ERA went up a point but he moved into second place in the NL in ERA and earned his 12th win of the year.
McNeil had quite a day in the fifth inning, as he cut off a ball before it got to the wall and gunned out a runner at second base. Then, after catching a fly ball in shallow right, he fired a one-hop strike to the plate for the final out of the inning.
Brett Baty got his first homer in the majors in two months, with a monster HR to right that checked in at 440 feet in the eighth inning. And Brandon Nimmo capped the HR fest with a solo shot in the ninth, his 24th homer of the year. It was part of a three-hit game for Nimmo, who also had a double and a walk on the night.