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Mets beat Marlins, 9-3, to series sweep – The Denver Post

MIAMI – A starting pitcher allowing 12 hits is never good.

A starting pitcher allowing 12 hits and recording only eight outs is even worse.

A starting pitcher allowing 12 hits and recording just eight outs in what could be his last start before being traded is about what we expect from the Miami Marlins.

The Mets took him to Pablo Lopez on Sunday afternoon, beating him and the Fish, 9-3. Lopez scouted the Mets in the first six innings of the game, the Marlins’ incredibly named reliever Jake Fishman left another in his first-ever MLB outing, and the rest was just window dressing. At the end of the day, the Mets had a season-high 19 hits, and now they can board a plane to Washington DC and face an even worse team than the Marlins.

Miami staged its idea of ​​a comeback in the fifth and sixth innings, tying in four runs, but it was as close as it got. The victory is the sixth straight for the Mets, giving them a sweep of the Marlins and a tenth victory in 14 games against the Fishes. In those 14 games, the Amazin outplayed their aquatic mates NL East 69-39.

After Brandon Nimmo kicked off with a left fly, the Mets chained four straight hits to go up 2-0. Mark Canha fired one into an infield later fired for the third inning, which saw the Mets send eight batters to the plate. They would tie both that run and the batting total in the third, knocking out Lopez in the process.

It was a series of polar opposites for these two teams. The Mets had it all on the field, the Marlins had tough game after tough game. Miami was without injured regulars Jazz Chisholm, Brian Anderson, Garrett Cooper, Jon Berti and Jorge Soler. The Mets roster is virtually complete, recently added Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin, and are gearing up to pick up Jacob deGrom, Trevor May and James McCann from injury this week. Every member of the Mets roster recorded a success on Sunday. One of the few established hitters on their active roster, the Marlins’ Jesus Aguilar hasn’t recorded success in all series.

Despite its non-competitive nature, there were a few fun notes to this game, besides the Marlins employing a Fishman. Tyler Naquin opened his hit account with the Mets, dropping a ball just past diving center outfielder JJ Bleday — and right fielder Bryan De La Cruz, who was supposed to back him up — for a triple. Tommy Hunter, which is used less often than the “9” button on a microwave, was also able to throw for the first time since July 17. He stayed for eight pitches, securing the sixth-inning final before disappearing into any cave. the Mets keep it.

It was also another solid day for Taijuan Walker, who is becoming less and less outstanding with each. Throwing is always easier with a lead, and Walker had a six-point advantage when he came out for the third inning, but his performance was still commendable. Walker’s outing lasted 5.2 innings, giving him 15 consecutive starts of at least five frames. On May 5, against the Phillies for the third straight time, Walker went only four innings and was scored for six earned runs. Since then, Buck Showalter has basically been able to hand the ball to him and switch to managerial cruise control for the first half of the game.

With the return of one cosmic talent coming to Nationals Park, the Mets have another one starting to heat up. Francisco Lindor had three more hits and an RBI on Sunday, making his last three-game Miami 7-for-11 line with three walks, three RBIs and a home run.

Beating bad teams is what good teams are supposed to do, and even with the Marlins throwing two good pitchers in Lopez and Sandy Alcantara, the Mets took care of business. They should be able to do the same against the worst Nats in MLB, maybe fattening up on the wins before their meat grinder of a five-game series with the Braves.

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