NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom had a tiebreaking single and again shut down the Marlins with seven impressive innings, David Wright doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep of Miami with a 9-1 victory on Sunday.
Wright, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares each had RBI doubles, and Chris Young added a sacrifice fly for New York in its eighth win on a 10-game homestand heading into the All-Star break.
Wright, Young, Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker each drove in a run with the bases loaded in the eighth, a situation the Mets have struggled in all season.
New York even benefited from a rare interference call for a run in the sixth inning as they jumped over the Marlins, losers of four straight, and into third place in the NL East at 45-50.
DeGrom (3-5) wasn’t quite as sharp as he was when he pitched five-hit ball for seven innings in Miami for his first big league victory on June 21. Still, he had little trouble Sunday in his 12th career start, striking out eight and allowing five hits and a run.
He also produced at the plate.
A .273 hitter (6 for 22) coming in who has batted eighth in the lineup, deGrom got his first big league RBI after Brad Hand (0-2) intentionally walked Ruben Tejada to face the lanky former college shortstop. DeGrom lined a single to center for a 2-1 lead.
Hand was knocked out of the game with a bruised right shin. He took a sharp grounder off the leg in the fourth and then was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. He is day to day.
Hand yielded three runs and six hits, falling to 1-12 as a starter.
The Mets were already leading 4-1 when Granderson, who had three hits, a walk and an RBI, led off the sixth with a single.
An out later, Wright hit a sharp grounder over third base. Rounding second, Granderson slightly altered his path to avoid second baseman Ed Lucas. Second base umpire Will Little immediately pointed at Lucas to indicate interference.
Granderson raced home but was called out on a close tag play at the plate. Before Mets manager Terry Collins could post an argument about the out call, Little came in and emphatically gestured toward second base then gave a sweeping safe sign.
The Marlins won a reversal on a call at first in the bottom of the fourth, but the Mets took advantage of two walks in the inning – one intentional to Tejada – to take the lead.
The Marlins had tied it thanks to some help from Eric Campbell, who misplayed a fly to medium right field in his first major league start at second base into a double for Garrett Jones.
Marcell Ozuna then beat out an infield single to shortstop for a run.
NOTES: The Mets came in batting .165 (13 for 79) with the bases loaded. … The Mets will use RHPs Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler in the first three games after the break, at San Diego. The rest of the rotation will depend on the health of several pitchers, one being Jonathon Niese. The left-hander threw off the mound for first time since going on DL on July 6 with a shoulder strain. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi will likely start the first game for the Marlins against San Francisco in Miami. … Eric Young Jr. had a pinch-hit single and two stolen bases in the eighth.