Kelly Johnson's bases-loaded double with two outs in the eighth snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Mets to their third straight win over the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
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- After Jay Bruce popped out with runners at the corners and one out in the eighth, Travis d'Arnaud walked and Johnson ripped a full-count pitch into the right-field corner for a three-run double.
- Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to nine games with his 15th home run, a two-run blast that gave New York a 2-1 lead in the second.
- Bartolo Colon allowed two runs - one earned - on seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. Miami scored an unearned run in the second thanks to a pair of errors - one by Colon on a pickoff attempt - and J.T. Realmuto's RBI single. Christian Yelich tied the game in the sixth with his second home run in as many days.
- Yoenis Cespedes, Bruce, Johnson and d'Arnaud had two hits apiece.
- Addison Reed (4-2) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth and Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 44th save of the season, a new franchise record.
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Terry Collins on Johnson's impact: "Well I can't explain the importance of having a veteran player who has been through many, many different situations who can come off the bench and be a big hitter in big situations. And that's what Kelly does. … Kelly's been the guy for two years for us."
Collins on Colon: "He just goes out and does his job. … He's the one constant. He takes it every five days. The guy's 43 years old, I brought him back on short rest, never said a word. Just took the ball and did his job."
Collins on what he sees from his club: "The clubhouse is in great shape right now. I told them we aren't having any more meetings - it took 30 seconds, I told them how proud I was of the fact that they've hung in there. … Heading into this last month, we're in a race. And there's nothing like coming to the ballpark in the big leagues in the month of September in a pennant race."
Johnson on the Mets' playoff push: "We've got a good schedule and obviously wining these games, I'd like to think we'd sweep them tomorrow…The last month's fun. It's gonna be nice to be in the middle of it."
News and notes…
- The Mets have won nine of their last 11 games and moved within 1.5 games of the Cardinals for the second N.L. Wild Card spot. New York finished August with a 15-14 record, their first winning month since April.
- Having won the first three games of the four-game set, the Mets have won four straight series against the Marlins.
- New York has scored five or more runs in 12 of their last 17 games, going 11-6 in that span.
- Colon went 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA and allowed two earned runs or less in five of his six August starts.
- Since he was reacquired by the Mets on June 8, Johnson is hitting .289 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in 60 games.
- Familia's eight saves against the Marlins are the most by a pitcher against any one team.
The Mets (69-64) will go for a four-game sweep of the Marlins (67-66) from Citi Field on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Following a pair of dreadful outings, Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.96 ERA) will look to get back on track after receiving three extra days of rest. Looking to snap a five-game losing streak, Miami turns to Jose Urena (2-5, 5.83 ERA), who is 1-4 with a 4.81 ERA in six starts since being moved into the rotation.