Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Lucas Duda put the Mets in front with a three-
run homer in the sixth inning, and New York held on for a 4-3 victory over
the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
Andrew Brown added a solo shot and Jonathan Niese (7-7) worked 6 1/3 innings
to pick up the win. He was charged with three runs on six hits while striking
LaTroy Hawkins closed the door in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning to secure
his ninth save and only New York's sixth win against the Marlins in 16
meetings this season.
Giancarlo Stanton stroked a pair of solo home runs and Donovan Solano had an
RBI double in the setback, Miami's sixth in seven games.
Brad Hand (0-1), making his first start of the season for Miami, served up
both Mets homers and allowed five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames.
Back-to-back doubles by Ed Lucas and Solano gave the Marlins a 2-1 edge in the
fifth, but the Mets retaliated an inning later to jump in front.
Eric Young doubled to start the bottom of the sixth and Brown worked a two-out
walk to bring up Duda, who demolished a 2-2 offering from Hand into the
netting past the right-field wall for a three-run homer and a 4-2 Mets'
Niese gave a run back in the seventh when Stanton launched his second leadoff
homer of the game, and the lefty's outing came to a close after Lucas reached
him for a one-out single. Scott Atchison kept Niese in line for the win,
though, retiring Solano and Koyie Hill.
Chris Coghlan singled to start the top of the eighth but the Marlins never
got another hit, with their last six batters set down in a row.
Stanton and Brown exchanged leadoff homers in the second for their respective
teams to make it a 1-1 game after two innings.
New York had just five hits ... The Mets will seal their fifth straight losing
season with their next loss.
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