Daniel Murphy (r.) gets a high-five from teammate Lucas Duda after going yard Monday night to deliver the Mets a late-inning 3-1 victory over the Marlins in Miami.
MIAMI — Dillon Gee did not see the stinker in the Bronx. It was over by the time his flight landed here, but he knew he had something to prove to the Mets, a team that needed a lift Monday. Daniel Murphy, on the other hand, had a three-hour flight to go over and over in his head the mistakes he made in Sunday’s Subway Series loss.
Monday night, both veterans came out with something to prove and led the Mets to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park. Murphy crushed a three-run homer off Marlins closer Steve Cishek in the top of the ninth to rally the Mets for the win after Gee pitched brilliantly for 7.2 innings.
That stopped the Mets (15-5) from letting a 6-4 loss to the Yankees Sunday night turn into a losing streak and gave them their fifth straight victory over the Marlins (8-12).
Murphy came into Monday night’s game hitting .169, a poor start compounded by his abysmal defense, which includes four errors and a few other mindless miscues.
But for Murphy, adjustments to his stance, moving closer to the plate at the suggestion of hitting coach Kevin Long, finally paid off Monday with his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later.
After the Marlins pulled starter Jarred Cosart after eight innings of two-hit ball, Juan Lagares battled back from an 0-2 count against Cishek and hammered a line drive to center to lead off the ninth. Lucas Duda then worked a walk to set up Murphy’s heroics.
The second baseman then finished his night off by running down a sharp, broken-bat ground ball to throw out Mike Morse for the second out in the ninth as Jeurys Familia picked up his major-league leading ninth save of the season.
“Tremendous,” Terry Collins said of Murphy’s game. “It was Dan’s night….Murph-a-licious — that’s what we know he can do,” Collins said.
The offense came too late for Gee (0-1) to pick up the win, which instead went to Carlos Torres, who got the last out of the eighth. With Rafael Montero ready to make his first start of 2015 Tuesday night, Monday was at least a moral victory for Gee.
“It was extremely important for him, but for the club too,” Collins said of Gee’s night. “We can put to rest that (talk) that Dillon Gee can’t pitch at this level. There has been a lot of talk… I think he went out there tonight and showed he can do what he has done in the past.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (l.) slaps the tag on Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria on Monday night,.
“He still has it in him.”
The righthander, who beat out Montero for the fifth spot this spring after Zack Wheeler was lost to an elbow injury, held the Marlins off the scoreboard until the eighth inning. He had just retired 14 straight batters and had two down in the inning when pinch-hitter Justin Bour singled on a line-drive to center. He eventually scored the go-ahead run on Martin Prado’s single to center.
That was the end of Gee’s night, but he left having made a strong case for himself, allowing one run on six hits, striking out three and issuing no walks.
“I felt pretty good tonight, I was locating fairly well and throwing a lot of strikes,” Gee said. “They were aggressive, but they were hitting them at people. We were making the plays.
“And then Murph… just unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say. That was clutch, obviously, not for my sake, but as a team we needed that win.”
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