Manager Mickey Callaway re-shuffled the line-up card and it was déjà vu all over again at the stadium Mets broadcaster Howie Rose aptly coined, Citi Field South.
Transplanted New Yorkers got to see their home team away from home humiliate the Marlins in much warmer weather in front of a dismal crowd of 6,516.
Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes’ fever and 1-21 slump took a back seat Tuesday night with a tiebreaking two-run double to beat Miami 8-6 for NY’s seventh straight win, and best 10-game start in franchise history.
In the top of the fifth, Jacob deGrom was cruising along with a three-run cushion courtesy of Wilmer Flores’ RBI double, Asdrubal Cabrera’s long ball, Amed Rosario’s two-bagger and Michael Conforto’s run-scoring base hit.
But in the bottom frame, the Marlins dismantled deGrom’s golden arm taking a 4-3 lead on consecutive singles by Yadiel Rivera, Derek Dietrich, and Miguel Rojas, followed by Starlin Castro’s sac fly sandwiched in between Jason Bour’s two-run homer to left.
DeGrom bounced back in the bottom of the sixth fanning two out of three.
“I feel like we are in every ball game. You know I come out of that inning and they tie it up for me and we end up getting the win, later on,” deGrom said. “Very impressive club to watch and fun to be a part of.”
However, he was replaced in the seventh by his namesakes, Jacob Rhame. The young reliever, riding the high from his first career save, was humbled by Justin Bour’s two-run homer then relieved by Paul Sewald after surrendering a single to Anderson.
Flores, making the most out of his scattered playing time, parked one into the left-center seats and Cabrera, continuing to be money at the plate, sent a four-seam fastball 406 feet to center to even the score 6-all.
Hansel Robles, who on any given day gives fans a dose of heartburn, came up big in the eighth, striking out a pair, leaving go-ahead runs on base, for his second win of the season.
In the Mets last licks, Rosario was gifted first base on a throwing error by Brian Anderson, Conforto walked on a 3-2 count, and Cespedes delighted his rookie manager with a two-run double down the left field line. Jeurys Familia cleaned up the bottom of the ninth in order for his major league-leading sixth save.
Flores said after the game that the team needs to take advantage of this right now. “When you’re hot, you’ve got to win as many games as you can.”