Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game, 1-1, with a sacrifice fly. Miguel Rojas' error allowed two runs to score which gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field home run in the eighth.
2) Rafael Montero snapped a seven-start winless streak that dated back to June 25. He allowed a run over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
3) The Mets tied a club record by turning five double plays, including four in the first five innings. It was the fifth time in team history New York has recorded five double plays in one game and the third time during a nine-inning contest. The two clubs combined to turn seven double plays.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
Credit where credit is due...Montero pitched a very efficient and effective game. He labored a bit and nibbled too much in the sixth inning when he allowed a run, and he did have four double plays turned behind him. But overall, it was a positive step for the 26-year-old, who also was solid against the Yankees in his last start on Monday.
Offensively, the Mets looked all but dead through the first five innings. In fact, New York had scored only 21 runs in their last nine games at Citi Field, but a pair of two-run homers and some shoddy fielding by the Marlins helped erase a 1-0 lead. Plawecki homered in the Majors for the first time in well over a year during his first game back with the Mets, and Smith hit the first of what is hopefully many more Citi Field blasts with his solo shot in the eighth.
There isn't much to look forward to except watching some of the Mets' younger players develop over these last six weeks. It was rather amazing -- and a bit depressing considering what this season was supposed to have been like -- but all but two players in the Mets lineup, Yoenis Cespedes and Cabrera being the exceptions, were homegrown players and all were 26 years of age or younger... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in four tries on their nine-game homestand.
Terry Collins won his 535th game as Mets manager, one fewer that Bobby Valentine (536) for the second-most in club history. Davey Johnson holds the all-time record with 595 victories.
New York's bullpen has a 1.79 ERA over its last 12 games and is unscored upon in 12 1/3 straight innings.
Montero (2-8) won for the third time in 49 career appearances, including 23 starts.
Plawecki's home run was his first in the Majors since May 9, 2016, a span of 113 at-bats.
The Mets activated Tommy Milone (sprained left knee) from the disabled list and recalled Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the roster spots held by Curtis Granderson and Rene Rivera.
Highlights from the game
The Mets (54-67) will go for the series win against the Marlins (59-62) at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on PIX11.
Jacob deGrom (13-6, 3.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) looks to get back on the winning side after suffering his worst outing in more than two months against the Yankees on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed five runs over 7 1/3 innings to lose for the third time in four starts. DeGrom took a no-decision against the Marlins on April 15 despite allowing two runs and striking out 13 over seven innings.
Adam Conley (5-5, 5.32 ERA 1.49 WHIP) closes the series for Miami looking for his second consecutive win. The southpaw allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Giants on Monday. Conley has surrendered five runs over 12 innings (3.75 ERA) in three appearances, including two starts, against the Mets this season.