MIAMI (AP) — As soon as Chris Young connected on a deep fly ball to left field in the ninth inning, the New York Mets thought they had tied the game on a sacrifice fly.
But they misjudged the strength of Marcell Ozuna's arm.
Ozuna threw out Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game to help the Miami Marlins beat the Mets 3-2 on Friday night.
"It's pretty surprising. Hats off to Ozuna," Nieuwenhuis said. "He made a great throw. There's no other way to put it."
Even Ozuna thought the Mets had tied the game.
"I didn't think I had a chance to get him out, but I was going to throw it no matter what," Ozuna said.
Ozuna also threw out David Wright to end the eighth after the Mets cut the deficit to 3-2.
"I can't remember seeing a game decided by two great throws from a left fielder and two great tags from the catcher to end the game," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "That's pretty amazing."
Henderson Alvarez (4-3) pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits without a walk, and struck out five. In his past six starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, which leads the majors since May 22.
"It was a good start for myself. All my pitches were working. Now it's about keeping going forward," Alvarez said.
Steve Cishek allowed a double to Nieuwenhuis to open the ninth, but earned his 17th save in 18 chances when Ozuna's throw landed in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's glove for his fourth assist of the season.
"He started at the Clevelander, so I didn't think he had a shot, but he started running in," Saltalamacchia said. "Once he got closer I knew he had a chance, but that's a tough throw, big moment like that. You tend to do too much. He made a perfect throw."
Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-1) allowed one run and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four.
"I felt good today, and just going off our last time off of Alvarez, I knew it was going to be a close game — a one or two-run game — so I knew I couldn't give up too many runs," Matsuzaka said. "One run ended up making a difference."
Adeiny Hechavarria drove in two runs, and Saltalamacchia hit two doubles for the Marlins, who won their major league-best 17th one-run game of the season despite going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
"It was nice to win that one," Redmond said. "We needed to win that one."
Six of the eight games between these clubs this season have been decided by one run
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