MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Following a disappointing road trip, the Miami Marlins returned home looking to get back into the wild card race.
While runs came at a premium away from Marlins Park, the team got their offense back on track on Monday afternoon.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 34th home run and the Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 9-6.
Miami took advantage of some wildness by Mets reliever Jeurys Familia (2-4) in the eighth. Familia had two throwing errors and a wild pitch, leading to the three tiebreaking runs as the Marlins who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mets.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had doubled to open the inning, scored on Familia's wild pitch two batters later, giving the Marlins a 7-6 lead. Adeiny Hechavarria later scored on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded and Christian Yelich came on a walk to Casey McGehee.
Marcell Ozuna and McGehee finished with two RBIs each for the Marlins, who used five relievers after starter Henderson Alvarez left in the third inning with a left oblique strain.
A.J. Ramos (6-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.
Dilson Herrera, a 20-year old second baseman who is the youngest player in the Majors and the only one to jump from Single-A to the big leagues, hit his first career home run and first career triple while driving in three runs for the Mets.
David Wright had two RBIs for New York.
The score was tied at 6-6 going into the eighth before the Mets committed three of their six errors and walked three batters.
Alvarez was sharp early, retiring the first six batters he faced before he was pulled in a rough third inning. Alvarez allowed a home run to Herrera to start the third and a base hit by Wright, which cleared the bases after Ozuna's wild throw home from center field ended up in the stands to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond and a trainer came out to talk to Alvarez, who eventually slammed the ball into Redmond's hand when he left the mound.
The Mets led 6-5 in sixth after Herrera's two-run triple, but the Marlins tied it in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Yelich.
Mets' starter Zack Wheeler, who came into the game with a 6-1 record and 2.17 ERA over his last 11 starts, lasted just 4 2-3 innings while throwing 114 pitches. He struck out eight and allowed five hits and five runs — two earned.
Marlins RHP Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) will get the start against Mets LHP Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48) on Tuesday. Niese is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three career starts at Marlins Park. Penny is 5-13 with a 6.25 ERA in his career against the Mets.
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