NEW YORK (AP) — Throughout all the losses, there had been one positive constant for the Miami Marlins for quite a while: When Steve Cishek came in to protect a lead, they won.
The sidearming Cishek had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances — the longest active streak in the majors — before the New York Mets stung him Friday night. Slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that beat the Marlins 4-3.
"I'll be up a while," Cishek said. "It's never a good feeling."
"It's no excuse for me to come in and not get the job done," he said. "I just didn't have my good command, leaving pitches down the middle."
After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to put the Marlins ahead 3-2, the Mets came back.
Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a soft single against Cishek (1-1) and moved up on a sacrifice.
Left fielder Christian Yelich then made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu's liner for the second out. But Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.
"It would've been a tough play," Yelich said. "But if I had stayed on my feet, I was going home."
Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to put runners at second and third. Granderson stepped up, having gone 0 for 4 and with a .130 batting average, and grounded his game-winner past Jones at first base.
"He's a great hitter," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Just because he hasn't gotten a whole lot of hits to this point doesn't mean he's not a great hitter."
Granderson also hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 14th inning Sunday against Atlanta.
Redmond felt confident Cishek would close out the Mets. Cishek's string of success dated to last June, during the Marlins' 100-loss season.
"He's been so good," Redmond said. "I always anticipate he's going to get out of it. And tonight, he didn't."
"You just see the momentum starting to roll their way and we couldn't stop it," he said.
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