Marlins rally past Mets 7-6 in 10 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: April 26, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — With a handful of boppers in their new-look lineup, these Miami Marlins are a legitimate comeback threat.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered leading off the 10th inning, Giancarlo Stanton also went deep and Miami rallied from four runs down to beat the New York Mets 7-6 on Saturday night.

Stanton hit a two-run shot and Miami climbed out of a 5-1 hole with a five-run sixth capped by pinch-hitter Reed Johnson's two-run double. Stanton's seventh home run of the season gave him 29 RBIs, most in the majors.

"There wasn't any point we thought we were out of this game," Saltalamacchia said. "With our lineup, there's no doubt we're going to put up runs."

Bobby Abreu hit his first major league homer since 2012 and Lucas Duda had a two-run single for the Mets, who had won three straight and five of six. New York was trying to move four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.

Mike Dunn (2-3) struck out four in two hitless innings and Steve Cishek earned his fifth save, one night after coughing up a ninth-inning lead for his first blown save since June 4, 2013. Cishek had converted a team-record 33 straight chances before Friday.

"These guys have a lot of fight in them. I wasn't worried that they were going to get down on themselves," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Definitely something to build off of tonight."

Saltalamacchia, who hit a tying homer Friday, sent a 2-2 pitch from Kyle Farnsworth (0-1) off a railing just above the left-center fence. The ball caromed back onto the field and Saltalamacchia initially stopped at second base, but the umpires quickly waved him home without looking at a replay.

"It was supposed to be a fastball away, came over the middle," Farnsworth said. "If I'm going to get beat, I'm going to get beat with my best pitch and he put a good swing on it, went opposite field."

"He's trying to do one thing — hit the ball out of the park. I'm looking to be aggressive," the reliever added. "Just one of those cases of old-fashioned hardball."

Miami is 2-9 on the road and 3-11 against NL East opponents. But the offense is certainly dangerous; the previously punchless Marlins began the day third in the NL in runs and batting average.

Mets starter Jenrry Mejia, backed by two outstanding plays from shortstop Omar Quintanilla, took a 5-1 lead into the sixth, when the first three Marlins batters swung at the first pitch and hit the ball hard.

"It caught me by surprise, that's for sure," Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said.