MIAMI (AP) — The New York Mets issued nine walks and it eventually caught up to them.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 37th homer, and Rob Brantly hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning to help the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 3-2 Monday night.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ramon Ramirez (3-4) allowed a leadoff walk to Carlos Lee and then allowed Lee to reach second on a wild pitch. Brantly followed with a double down the left-field line.
"In a situation with a man on second and nobody out you're hoping you can get a pitch to hit to the right side but with two strikes I'm going to try and battle my AB out and survive and get a good pitch up in the zone," Brantly said. "It was away, but I got a good piece of bat on it."
Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia made his first career start and did not allow a run in four innings. He walked six and struck out three.
"That's been his problem, base on balls," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You saw when he was over the plate they don't hit them."
Familia was able to escape jams early in his early audition for a starting job next season.
"Every time I walked one guy I just tried to focus more on the zone, attack more of the hitter to get an out or to get a double-play or fly ball, something," Familia said.
Heath Bell (4-5) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances. Cishek issued a two-out walk to Fred Lewis before Ike Davis grounded out to end the game, giving the Marlins their second win in 11 games.