Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) J.T. Realmuto hit a walk-off homer against Paul Sewald in the 10th to rally the Marlins past the Mets. AJ Ramos could not hold a 4-1 ninth-inning lead in his first appearance against his former team. The right-hander allowed a homer to Justin Bour, four other hits and a walk to suffer his first blown save as a Met and third in 30 opportunities.
2) Travis d'Arnaud's went 2-for-4 and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Jose Reyes went deep in the first and added an RBI single in the ninth during his first four-hit game since Aug. 30, 2016.
3) Seth Lugo rebounded from the worst start of his career to allow one run -- a Christian Yelich homer -- in five innings. The right-hander surrendered four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
That was about as awful an ending to a game as there can be, but hardly surprising given the state of the pitching. But, there were some notably positive performances on this night.
After getting absolutely smoked against the Cubs last week, it was nice to see Lugo respond with a much smoother effort on the mound. He was able to dial up his fastball when needed, and while he didn't get a lot of swings-and-misses on his curveball, the Marlins didn't put any in play either. But aside from one mistake, he kept the ball down, threw strikes and had a very steady tempo for five solid innings. Its something for him to be pleased about, especially in a season which has been so volatile for him.
It's so hard to find positives with the way things have gone for the Mets, but lately, there have been some encouraging signs from Jeurys Familia. He's now had two consecutive quality outings, tonight's being more representative of what the Mets need to see from him as a closer. He had that wicked sinker pouring in on the right-handed hitters, and he had good arm action as well. He's a huge piece for this team going forward, so it's crucial he finish up strong and show he can re-establish himself in a late-inning role. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets' National League-leading 214 home runs are four shy of the franchise mark set last season. New York has led the N.L. in home runs three times: (1990-172 homers, 1989-147 home runs and 1988-152 homers).
Reyes is batting .356 (31-for-87) with five doubles, one triple, five homers, 16 RBIs and 25 runs scored in his last 24 games. His 26 games with four or more hits is the most in club history.
Lugo (7-5) improved to 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA in five career appearances -- three starts -- against the Marlins. The 27-year-old had posted a 6.95 ERA in his previous seven starts.
Nori Aoki singled in five at-bats and has reached safely in all 16 games he's played for the Mets, the second-longest streak to begin a career with the club. Rickey Henderson reached safely in 19 straight to begin his Mets career in 1999.
D'Arnaud's 13th home run matched his career high set in 2014.
Amed Rosario missed his second straight game with gastroenteritis.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (65-86) end their nine-game road trip against the Marlins (71-80) at Marlins Park on Wednesday at 1 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (5-10, 5.08 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) closes the series looking for his fourth win in five starts. The 26-year-old had his three-game winning streak snapped when he allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Braves on Friday. Montero has a 5.02 ERA in six appearances -- two starts -- against the Marlins this season.
Jose Urena (13-6, 3.62 ERA 1.23 WHIP) goes for his fifth win in six decisions dating back to Aug. 6. The right-hander earned a no-decision in his previous start after he allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Brewers on Friday. Urena is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four appearances -- two starts -- against the Mets in 2017.