NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson envisioned a bunch of big hits when he signed with the New York Mets. Providing even one proved elusive, until Friday night.
The slumping Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Mets past the Miami Marlins 4-3.
"Anytime you get a chance to win and jump up and down with your teammates, it's a good thing," Granderson said.
Granderson was 0 for 4 when he stepped to the plate with the scoreboard showing his batting average at .130. Not quite what anyone expected for a former All-Star fresh off a $60 million, four-year contract.
"I'm not there yet, but I'm getting closer," Granderson said.
After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the Miami eighth for a 3-2 lead, the Mets stung Marlins closer Steve Cishek and won for the fifth time in six games.
Cishek (1-1) had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances — the longest active streak in the majors — before Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a soft single and moved up on a sacrifice.
Left fielder Christian Yelich made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu's liner for the second out. 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 then grounded his game-winner past Jones at first base.
"I'll be up a while," the sidearming 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."
Granderson had a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 14th inning Sunday against Atlanta.
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