Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th as the Mets rallied for a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field.
In case you missed it…
- After Nick Wittgren retired Jose Reyes and Alejandro De Aza to start the 10th, Cespedes crushed his 27th home run of the season and second in as many games.
- The Mets trailed 1-0 after Addison Reed allowed consecutive two-out doubles in the eighth. But Reyes singled to right and took second on Ichiro's error. After moving to third on a fly out by De Aza, Reyes raced home when A.J. Ramos uncorked a wild pitch.
- In his first big league start in 16 months, Rafael Montero pitched five scoreless innings despite walking six. He surrendered two hits and struck out three.
- Josh Smoker (1-0) struck out two in a perfect 10th inning for his first Major League win.
- Neil Walker (back) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) were both held out of the starting lineup. Cabrera struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Jay Bruce was also absent from the lineup for the third time in four games. He lined out to first as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the ninth.
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Cespedes on his home run: "I wasn't necessarily trying to hit a home run. I just wanted a good pitch to hit hard."
Terry Collins on Cespedes: "He's a special guy. That's why keeping him healthy is priority No. 1 right now."
Collins on the win: "Now I'm not taking anything away from Rafael Montero. But you're facing one of the best pitchers in the game, who has really pitched well against us. We were short tonight a little bit. You're just saying, 'Jeez, if we can just hang in there.' And we hung in there."
Reyes on Cespedes: "He can do whatever he wants whenever he wants to."
News and notes…
- The Mets improved to 8-5 against the Marlins this season and are even in the standings.
- Cespedes went 3-for-5 and is batting .389 (14-for-36) with five homers and nine RBIs in nine games since returning from the disabled list. His 14 homers at Citi Field are tied with Lucas Duda for the second-highest total hit in one season in the ballpark's history. Duda also holds the top mark with 19 homers last season.
- Cabrera was named National League Player of the Week after hitting an NL-best .545 (12-for-22) with three homers and eight RBIs. It was the third Player of the Week honor of his career.
- Including his three-day stint on the Paternity Leave list last week, Walker has missed 10 of the Mets' last 13 games.
- Jacob deGrom grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth. His five career pinch-hit appearances are tied with Rick Aguilera for the most ever by a Mets pitcher.
- T.J. Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Montero.
The Mets (67-64) will try and move past the Marlins (67-64) in the standings in the second of four from Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.51 ERA) will make his third career start coming off of five shutout innings against St. Louis last Thursday. Right-hander Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85 ERA) gets the ball for Miami having won three of four decisions while posting a 2.00 ERA in his last seven starts.