D'Arnaud homers in 16th, Mets beat Marlins 9-8

Doyle BarkerApr 14, 2017

Travis d'Arnaud's fourth hit of his career-best night went the furthest and resonated the loudest.

With the hour past midnight early Friday, the game went into the 16th inning at 8-all.

Travis d'Arnaud led off the 16th inning with a home run, giving him a career-high four hits, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 9-8 Thursday night for their fifth straight win.

D'Arnaud, who went 4-for-6 with four RBIs, is hitting.333. Josh Smoker highlighted the effort with three scoreless innings after Fernando Salas and Addison Reed had pitched two apiece.

Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pinch-hit with two out in the 15th and struck out.

Cespedes had a chance to tie the game for the Mets in the seventh, scoring from second on a single by Jay Bruce. Following the success, manager Terry Collins lifted Curtis Granderson in favor of the former first round pick in center field.

The bullpen displayed a much improved performance tonight, as the entire 'pen combined for 11.1 scoreless innings - another group that picked up the struggling Gsellman. Marlins relievers retired 13 consecutive batters before the homer.

Well Miami Marlins fans, there's one thing we know for certain about this four-gamer against the visiting Metropolitans: the lights will be staying on.Because considering how Yoenis Cespedes, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton have looked of late, there will be no danger of another power outage. He took the loss last Saturday against the Marlins in his debut, allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven over five frames. It continued a monster week for Cespedes, who hit three homers against the Phillies on Tuesday before delivering an RBI double in the Mets' victory the following night. With Robert Gsellman set to face Wei-Yin Chen in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8 runs.

Newly annointed rotation member Robert Gsellman had his second rough start in a row to open his 2017 campaign, tossing just 4.2 innings, while allowing eight earned runs on five hits and three walks, striking out five. The over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings. Gsellman walked two in the first inning, and both scored on Ozuna's two-out grand slam.

A gray cat went scrambling for cover in the Marlins Park outfield midway through Miami's home opener, and no wonder, given the barrage off Marcell Ozuna's bat. The Mets burned through six relief pitchers prior to Robles.

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