Dee Gordon hit Bartolo Colon's third pitch of the game for a home run and the Marlins scored seven times in the first three innings en route to an emotional 7-3 win over the Mets on Monday night at Marlins Park.
In case you missed it…
- In an almost too-surreal-to-believe moment, Gordon honored the late Jose Fernandez by wearing his helmet and batting right-handed against Colon before moving back to the left side. He followed with his first home run since the last game of the 2015 season and finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
- Colon (14-8) suffered through his shortest non-injury related start this season, surrendering seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander had allowed seven runs combined in his previous five starts.
- Asdrubal Cabrera reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a two-run double. Lucas Duda's RBI single in the eighth produced the Mets' other run.
- Gabriel Ynoa, Rafael Montero, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin and Jim Henderson combined to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
Terry Collins on the game: "This is bigger than baseball tonight."
Colon on the loss: "I feel like it was great for them that they were able to win. You know what, though? I would have really enjoyed it if it was [Fernandez] who got the win over me."
News and notes…
- All Marlins players wore black jerseys with Fernandez's name and No. 16 on the back. As they did yesterday at Citi Field, New York hung a Fernandez Mets jersey in their dugout. The two clubs embraced in the middle of the infield after observing a moment of silence.
- The Mets fell to a half-game ahead of the idle Giants but will remain 1.5 games up on the Cardinals, who were blown out by the Reds.
- New York fell to 10-7 against Miami and lost for just the fifth time in their last 15 games away from Citi Field.
- Colon had been 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his last seven starts.
- T.J. Rivera went 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at nine games.
The Mets (83-74) continue their series against the Marlins (78-78) at Marlins Park on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. After a poor start against the Braves followed by a bout with strep throat, Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) will try and get back on track against Miami. New York will face right-hander Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02 ERA, 1.42 WHIP), who is winless in his last eight starts and is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Mets this year.