MIAMI (AP) — David Wright has been feeling more comfortable at the plate in the past week, and he was due for a big game.
Wright broke out of his offensive woes with three hits — including two doubles — and three RBIs and powered the New York Mets to an 8-6 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
"It's fun to get hits, it's fun to drive in runs, and it sure is fun to win," Wright said. "All in all, a good night."
Wright came into the game in a 7-for-50 slump, dating to Aug. 14, and had only one extra-base hit in August.
"It's nice to feel comfortable and it's nice to feel dangerous, and that's what I've felt lately," Wright said.
Juan Lagares reached base five times, including a career-high four hits, stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove in two for the Mets, who pounded out 16 hits — two shy of their season high. New York had 18 against Atlanta on July 8.
"He had a tremendous night offensively," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his 35th home run and second in two games against the Mets. He drove in two runs to give him 101 RBIs, becoming the first Marlins player to drive in 100 runs since Dan Uggla had 105 RBIs in 2010.
"This guy has been locked in and feeling good," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "The last couple of days the swings have been great and he's been focused. I know he probably doesn't think about the 100 RBIs but to see the way he's playing at crunch time, it's fun."
Christian Yelich had three of the Marlins' 11 hits. Miami beat the Mets 9-6 on Monday when they were helped by six New York errors.
"You have nine guys trying to put good at-bats and score runs," Yelich said. "Offense can be streaky at times. Hopefully we can keep this up and finish the year strong."
Jonathon Niese (8-10) earned the win on Tuesday, giving up five runs in six innings. Jenrry Mejia pitched the ninth to record his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Brad Penny (1-1) took the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs in three innings.