deGrom's 13 K's not enough as Mets fall late

deGrom's 13 K's not enough as Mets fall late

MIAMI -- The Marlins enjoyed back-to-back blasts so much on Saturday night, they accomplished the feat twice. The second time came with two outs in the eighth inning, when Christian Yelich launched a two-run homer to right and Giancarlo Stanton crushed a drive to center to rally Miami to a 5-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

The consecutive home runs off Fernando Salas proved the difference on a night Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom matched his career-high with 13 strikeouts. The damage Miami did off deGrom came in the second inning, when Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna went back-to-back.

With all five of their runs coming via the long ball, the Marlins have taken two of the first three games in the series.

Yelich's game-tying two-run shot

"We can hang with anybody," Stanton said. "We know that. It's a very tough team over there. One of the best in the National League. So are we. We've got to keep pushing every night and grind away."

Stanton's shot to center was projected by Statcast™ at 442 feet with an exit velocity of 111.9 mph and a launch angle of 19 degrees. It was Stanton's 30th home run all-time at 110-plus mph, the most of any player in the Statcast™ era.

It's the third time in franchise history the Marlins went back-to-back twice in the same night. The most recent was Aug. 27, 2010, at Atlanta. Cameron Maybin and Logan Morrison did it in the first inning, and Dan Uggla and Gaby Sanchez responded in the sixth.

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If the Marlins felt like they've been stung by deGrom before, well, they have. The other time the lanky right-hander struck out as many as 13 was against Miami on Sept. 15, 2014. He started off that night ringing up the first eight he faced at Citi Field.

"I felt like I was battling mechanics all night, but I was able to make pitches," deGrom said.

The Mets rallied from a run down in the seventh off Adam Conley. Neil Walker led off with a bunt single, and Curtis Granderson's triple tied the game. Michael Conforto then put New York in front with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly off reliever Dustin McGowan. Asdrubal Cabrera connected on a solo home run in the top of the eighth to give New York a 4-2 lead.

Granderson's big RBI triple

In the first three games of the series, the two teams have combined for 11 home runs, with five on Saturday.

"I think guys are just putting good swings on balls, them and us," Yelich said. "Capitalizing on mistakes. That's what the big leagues is. You've got to take advantage when guys make mistakes."

Bour, Ozuna go back-to-back

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Conforto comes through … again: Late-inning heroics have been common for Conforto in the series. In Thursday's 9-8 win in 16 innings, Conforto tied the game with an RBI double in the eighth inning. In the seventh inning Saturday, the left-handed-hitting outfielder pinch-hit for Juan Lagares and lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center, putting the Mets ahead, 3-2.

Conforto brings in Granderson

Conley answers the call, runs out of steam: How would Conley respond to pitching for the second time in three days? That was the biggest question the Marlins had entering the night, especially since the lefty threw 19 pitches of relief in Thursday's 9-8 loss in 16 innings. Conley answered the bell, and he came out for the seventh inning with 73 pitches, clinging to a 2-1 lead. But Walker's bunt and Granderson's RBI triple prompted an exit before he could record an out. Conley finished with 81 pitches. In their first 11 games, no Miami starter has worked more than six complete innings. Conley is the fourth to go at least six.

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"Things aren't how you drew them up," Conley said of facing the Mets twice in three days. "Generally, expectations are awry because of how abnormal everything has been over the last three days. I know for me, and for the guys in that clubhouse, it's encouraging for us, and it's strengthening us as a team to watch guys take the ball at inopportune times for the team."

QUOTABLE
"I got it in my sleeve. My shirt. Everywhere. You've got to lay it out for the boys,"
-- Yelich, talking about getting a face full of sand and dirt on the warning track while trying to catch Granderson's triple in the seventh inning.

"I don't know how many times we have to say that right now, we have made a commitment to take care of these guys, make sure we don't overdo them. When we blow a save, it's easy to second-guess that we could have run Jake out there. We have three pitchers that are coming off surgery. Now, if Jake goes out there and he gets in trouble, the immediate thing is, 'Why didn't you take him out?' Right? That's the next question. I want to protect these guys."
-- Mets manager Terry Collins on his decision to remove deGrom after seven innings

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Cabrera's eighth-inning homer marked the 11th straight game in which the Mets have gone deep. New York has homered 18 times in its last seven games, jacking its Major League-leading total up to 22.

Cabrera's solo moonshot

WHAT'S NEXT
Mets: Matt Harvey, who left his last start early due to a cramped hamstring, will return to the mound for the Mets' 1:10 p.m. ET series finale at Marlins Park. Harvey won both of his first two outings back from thoracic surgery, posting a 2.92 ERA, 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

Marlins: Dan Straily started the homestand on Tuesday with a win over the Braves, and the right-hander closes out Miami's six games Sunday. Straily has faced the Mets once in his career, suffering a loss in 2014.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast

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