TJ Rivera, Mets rally for 8-7 win over scuffling Marlins


It could be right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday when Chen went on the DL.

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The Miami Marlins will look to salvage something after dropping the first 2 games of the series, including an 11-3 defeat on Saturday.

The Marlins' defense. Maybe they can chalk this one up to the rain that caused a 39-minute delay in the third inning, but it wasn't pretty.

"I don't know how bad it is, but he's certainly hurting", Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Michael Conforto forced home runs with a pair of bases-loaded walks - he leads the major leagues with four bases-loaded walks - as the Mets won for the sixth time in eight games.

Cabrera's RBI double in the first drove home the first run of a five-run inning in which NY sent 11 batters to the plate.

Ozuna dropped a fly to left for another error and overran a single on a miserable night for the Marlins' defense, which had committed an NL-low nine errors coming in. Stanton's solo shot in the second was his 18th at Citi Field, five more than any other visiting player. The left-hander, who began his career with Boston, is 13-6 with a 3.78 ERA against NY. NY is also without ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard (lat muscle), outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring), first baseman Lucas Duda (elbow), catcher Travis d'Arnaud (wrist), left-hander Steven Matz (elbow) and right-hander Seth Lugo (elbow).

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It was not immediately clear whether Cabrera would join them on the disabled list.

"It's a great feeling to know that you came through in a situation that the team needs you", Rivera said. A long absence could cause NY to bring up top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Connecticut native started against the Atlanta Braves in each of the last two outings and was lit up for a total of 12 runs on 13 hits and eight walks in 9 2/3 innings. Despaigne settled down to retire 11 consecutive batters before he was chased in the fifth. Despaigne, who came within four outs of a no-hitter against the Mets three years ago, needed 38 pitches to get through the first.

Manager Don Mattingly pulled Koehler after five innings and 78 pitches. Bruce had a pair of RBI doubles in the contest, knocking in a run in the first inning before plating two with a double in the seventh.

Ichiro Suzuki, at age 43, hustled down the first-base line to avoid a double play on his fourth-inning grounder to shortstop. Sandy Alderson expressed doubt as to when Syndergaard would return, but reports are that the Mets ace will start throwing again in six weeks.

"Grandy's home run kind of changed momentum a little bit and kind of put us back in that ballgame", T.J. Rivera said.

The Marlins roughed up Montero in his first start of the 2017 season.