MIAMI -- J.T. Realmuto scorched a two-out, full-count offering from Josh Edgin into the right-center-field gap for an RBI double and the Marlins walked off with a win over the Mets, 3-2, on Friday night at Marlins Park.
Realmuto's decisive double scored Miguel Rojas from first and prevented the two National League East rivals from going to extra innings for the second straight night. On Thursday, the Mets outlasted Miami, 9-8, in 16 innings.
"Extra innings was not an option tonight," Realmuto said. "It was pretty mentally tough after yesterday, playing 16 innings, and we come out on the losing end. There's really nothing worse in baseball than playing deep into extra innings like that and coming out with a loss. It was huge to come to the park and come out with a W. More importantly, to come out with a W in nine innings and save the 'pen a little. It looked like they were going to get taxed a bit."
The Marlins were finally able to break through against the Mets' bullpen, which had thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings in the series.
"You just hope they don't make any mistakes," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's just what we're facing when you have a night like [Thursday] night."
Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who fanned nine Marlins in seven innings in a win at Citi Field on Sunday, worked six innings on Friday, fanning four, while allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits. Syndergaard exited after 87 pitches. After the sixth inning, the hard-throwing right-hander was seen in the dugout checking his fingers. He dealt with a blister in the first week of the season, but Friday's issue turned out to be two torn fingernails.
"I guess if I keep my fingernail too short, I get a blister," Syndergaard said. "If I keep it too long, the nail splits. It's all about finding that happy medium."
With Thursday's game lasting 16 innings, the Marlins had to shuffle their rotation. Edinson Volquez was pushed up a day and started on Friday, in place of Adam Conley, who threw the 16th inning Thursday.
In 4 2/3 innings, Volquez allowed two runs, with the big blast being Lucas Duda's towering home run to center in the fifth inning. Duda's fourth of the season put New York in front, 2-1, at the time. Per Statcast™, it projected at 441 feet, with an exit velocity of 107 mph.
"[Volquez] was a warrior tonight," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "What we didn't tell everyone is that he had thrown a 'pen yesterday. He was the guy who said, 'I'll take the ball.' He was willing to do it. He was huge for us tonight. He gave us a chance to get our team back in order."
"I should have thrown Duda the pitch [Realmuto] called," Volquez said. "He called fastball up. I said no, and he put a good swing on the ball. That was my fault. I should have followed him in that situation."
Duda homered on a curveball.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Line out, throw 'em out: The Marlins had a golden opportunity to grab the lead in the seventh inning, but were denied by the strong arm of Michael Conforto. With the bases full and one out, Christian Yelich lined sharply to left. Rojas tagged and raced home as Conforto launched a throw that was on the money. Rene Rivera caught it on the fly and applied the tag on Rojas, who slid home head-first. Umpire D.J. Reyburn ruled him out. The Marlins challenged that Rojas was safe, but the ruling stood. The double play denied Miami the chance to take a 3-2 lead.
"I knew I had the arm to get it there," Conforto said. "I had to go over the cutoff man, but I think you've got to go for it."
Duda goes the distance: When Duda clubbed his home run off Volquez with two outs in the fifth inning, he became the first player this season with multiple home runs tracked farther than 440 feet. On Tuesday at Philadelphia, he had a home run travel 448 feet.
"I guess I have an excuse to get a mani-pedi now." -- Syndergaard on his fingernail problem
"It's been a good series. It was a good series in New York. Now we kind of go back and forth with these guys here. They've got a good club. We feel like we have a good club. Hopefully it continues to kind of fall our way instead of their way. We'll see. It's been an exciting series." -- Mattingly on the intensely played series.
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Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has five straight multi-hit games, and three hits in three of his last four games; he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, stolen base and a run scored Friday.
Jerry Blevins, who was on the mound when Conforto threw out Rojas, stranded another two runners on the bases that inning. The left-hander has stranded all 10 runners he has inherited this season, leading the league in that category. He also tied for the Major League lead with 47 stranded runners last year.
The strong arm of Conforto kept the game tied in the seventh inning. But the lineout-throw-him-out double play didn't become complete before a replay review. The Marlins challenged that Rojas touched the plate before Rivera's tag. But after a review of one minute and 45 seconds, the ruling was the play stands.
"He didn't tag me," Rojas said. "He missed my arm. I felt the tag right here, on my [back area]. But it's hard for them, too. They don't know if it made contact on my shirt, contact on my wristband, I don't know. It's a tough situation right there. We were trying to win the game in that inning. Fortunately for us, we won the game in the ninth."
WHAT'S NEXT Mets: Despite a 1.50 ERA through two starts, Jacob deGrom does not have a decision. He'll look to garner his first win when he starts a 7:10 p.m. ET game Saturday, Jackie Robinson Day, against the Marlins. The Mets also hope that Yoenis Cespedes, who was limited to pinch-hitting duties Friday due to the flu, will be able to return to the starting lineup.
Marlins: For the second time in three days, Conley will be facing the Mets. But on Saturday, it will be in a role more comfortable; the left-hander will start in the 7:10 p.m. ET game at Marlins Park. On Thursday night, Conley was forced into an emergency bullpen stint, tossing the 16th inning, and giving up the decisive home run to Travis d'Arnaud in a 9-8 loss. Conley was supposed to start on Friday, but was pushed back one day.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.