The Mets lost another player Saturday night and won another game. When it rains, it pours, even in an 11-3 win over the Marlins that included a 39-minute rain delay.
Asdrubal Cabrera exited the Mets’ third straight victory in the third inning after injuring his left thumb while diving for a base hit. X-rays were negative, but the shortstop is scheduled to have an MRI today (unlike Noah Syndergaard, Cabrera said yes).
The rain delay followed immediately after, but it didn’t stop the Mets from enjoying the fruits of a five-run first inning and some sloppy play by the Marlins on Syndergaard Hair Hat Night.
Miami entered the game having made an NL-low nine errors. The Marlins committed three and added a run-scoring passed ball, leading to five unearned runs. The Mets also had two runs score on bases-loaded walks to Michael Conforto, who has four RBIs on walks this year.
“I don’t think we think about how we score the runs as much as everyone might think,” said Jay Bruce (2-for-5, three RBIs). “I know the word on us is we’re built on home runs, but I think more we’re a group of guys who are looking for certain pitches and keeping the ball off the ground and trying to take good at-bats.”
It was not pretty, especially with Cabrera going down, but the Mets will take it. They are one game under .500 at 14-15 going into today’s series finale.
Robert Gsellman (2-2) allowed three runs in five innings. He gave up a solo home run by Giancarlo Stanton in the third and a two-run shot by Marcell Ozuna in the fifth but worked around eight hits and a hit batter to qualify for the victory.
“I felt probably the best I’ve felt all season mechanic-wise,” Gsellman said. “Felt good. Got a lot of ground balls — what I like to see. Keep moving forward.”
The Mets scored five runs in the first against righthander Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1). The tone for the night was set when first baseman Justin Bour booted Conforto’s leadoff grounder for an error.
Cabrera and Bruce followed with RBI doubles to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Jose Reyes drove in a run with a single, Kevin Plawecki had a sacrifice fly and, after a walk to Gsellman, Conforto drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-0.
The Mets batted around for the third straight game and scored at least five runs for the ninth straight game. They ended up with at least seven runs for the fifth game in a row.
It was 5-1 in the third when Cabrera was injured while diving for a ground single by Ozuna. “He was in quite a bit of pain on the field,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s just real sore, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
General manager Sandy Alderson said on Ch. 11 that he would consider calling up top prospect Amed Rosario if Cabrera has to go on the disabled list. Rosario, 21, entered the day batting .381 with one home run and 15 RBIs for Triple-A Las Vegas. He went 0-for-5 on Saturday night.
Cabrera was replaced by Reyes, who moved over from third. Wilmer Flores came in to play third, although he didn’t see any immediate action because as soon as he ran onto the field, the umpires halted play because of rain. Eventually, the rain, rain went away and the game resumed.
The Mets had a game rained out in Atlanta on Thursday when they were leading 3-1 in the fourth inning. Because it was not official, everything that happened was wiped out. The game will be made up from the beginning at a later date.
That bitter fate did not befall the Mets this time. They poured it on after the Marlins closed to within 5-3 in the fifth on Ozuna’s homer.
The Mets scored three in the fifth (and batted around again) and three in the seventh to turn the game into a rout. T.J. Rivera’s RBI single highlighted the fifth and Bruce’s two-run double closed out the scoring in the seventh.
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