Mets get gem from deGrom, beat Marlins for 7th straight win
NEW YORK (AP) Minus their closer in addition to their captain, the New York Mets kept rolling right along. Now, they're the only team in the majors undefeated at home.
Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings, and New York got home runs from Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores to beat the slumping Miami Marlins 5-4 Saturday night for its seventh consecutive victory.
Juan Lagares and Eric Campbell each had an RBI single to help the Mets (9-3) open their home schedule with six wins in a row, equaling the club record set in 1985. The overall winning streak is New York's longest since an eight-game run in June 2010.
''We're all having a blast,'' d'Arnaud said. ''Every day we show up to the park and it's instant jokes and laughing and just having fun.''
The past four wins have come since captain David Wright went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The latest one was secured in a shaky ninth without closer Jeurys Familia.
New York's fast start has caught on quickly with fans of a team that's endured six consecutive losing seasons since moving into Citi Field. The attendance of 41,844 on Fireworks Night marked the Mets' second sellout - and those two crowds over 40,000 matched last year's total.
All-Star ace Matt Harvey will be on the mound Sunday, when New York goes for a four-game sweep of its NL East rival.
''We feel like we've got that belief that we're going to win, and I think it starts with having confidence in that guy on the mound,'' Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer said.
Dee Gordon went 5 for 5 with three RBIs for the Marlins, who lost their third straight and dropped to 3-9. They held a players-only meeting before batting practice in the wake of comments from Giancarlo Stanton that raised eyebrows the night before.
''We have a positive vibe but the fire is not there, it seems like,'' Stanton said.
The $325 million slugger was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Saturday, yet Miami rallied for three runs in the ninth against Carlos Torres. Familia was rested after saving five games over the previous six days.
Michael Morse hit a leadoff homer, and Gordon's two-run single made it 5-4. Alex Torres, wearing his new padded cap to protect his head, struck out Christian Yelich with a runner aboard for his first major league save.
''It feels a little weird, but I didn't think about that,'' Torres said.
Yelich, who fanned four times, watched his bat slip out of his hands on his final swing and sail several feet beyond first base.
''It was great to see us come to life there at the end,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ''Hopefully that will give us some momentum going into tomorrow.''
Mat Latos (0-3) was much better in his third start for Miami, but was lifted for a pinch hitter down 2-0 in the sixth.
''When we put it all together,'' Latos said, ''there's going to be hell to pay. We've got a great ballclub and I believe that.''
On the other side, deGrom (2-1) struck out eight and walked none in his second consecutive spotless outing. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year extended his career-best scoreless streak to 18 1-3 innings with his 15th straight start of at least six innings.
The only major league pitcher with a longer current run is James Shields (16).
''He's not scared of any situation or any hitter, and he's got great stuff,'' Cuddyer said. ''No moment's too big for him.''
UNHITTABLE AT HOME
It was deGrom's first game against Miami since tying a big league record by whiffing the first eight Marlins batters last Sept. 15 at Citi Field. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his past eight starts at Citi Field. He has struck out 64 and walked seven during that span.
Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (Tommy John surgery) was transferred to the 60-day DL when Miami claimed LHP Matt Tracy off waivers from the New York Yankees. Tracy will report to Triple-A New Orleans.
Mets: LHP Jerry Blevins also was unavailable due to a heavy workload lately, manager Terry Collins said. ... RHP Vic Black (shoulder tendinitis) was promoted to Double-A Binghamton on his rehab assignment and threw a scoreless inning against Harrisburg. ... Torres wears an MLB-approved padded cap when he pitches, and this year's new model arrived Saturday. The padding now wraps around the outside of the hat and sits on the brim in front, with a Velcro cinch in the back. Torres said it feels a bit different than the one he used with San Diego last season, when he was the only big league player to wear one.
Marlins: Tom Koehler (1-1) estimated he might have about 50 fans on hand when he pitches Sunday. Koehler was born in the Bronx and went to New Rochelle High School nearby before attending Stony Brook University on Long Island.
Mets: Harvey tries to begin the season 3-0 in his return from Tommy John surgery. He is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts against Miami. ... The Mets are 4-0 in day games.