The Miami Marlins trailed by three runs on Monday entering the eighth inning before completing a comeback win over the New York Mets 4-3.
The win was the 17th of the season for the Marlins with 15 of those coming at home in Marlins Park. The win also moves Miami two games over .500 for the first time since April 4th. The Marlins have now won six of their last seven games.
The game winning hit was delivered by Casey McGehee into right-field. To start things off in the ninth inning, Christian Yelich led off and singled up the middle. Ed Lucas followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Yelich into scoring position. Giancarlo Stanton was then intentionally walked to bring up McGehee with two runners on and one out.
The eighth inning rally began with back-to-back walks to Yelich and Lucas courtesy of Daisuke Matsuzaka. Stanton followed with a run scoring single to make it a 3-1 game. Next, McGehee brought home Lucas on an error. Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued the trend as the next batter by doubling home Stanton to tie the game.
With still nobody out and the go-ahead run at third base, Jeff Baker grounded out. Garrett Jones then came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and was intentionally walked to load the bases. Adeiny Hechavarria struck out looking to make it bases loaded with two outs for Marcell Ozuna. The center-fielder grounded out to third to end the inning and sent it to the ninth tied at three.
Nathan Eovaldi set a new career high in strikeouts with ten. The Marlins have now had two straight games in which their starting pitcher struck out ten batters after Jose Fernandez did the same on Sunday. Eovaldi walked one and allowed three runs on five hits in his seven innings of work. Brad Hand worked the eighth and was credited with the win after a scoreless inning.
Steve Cishek took over in the ninth inning to try and keep the game tied after being unavailable a day earlier. The closer pitched a scoreless inning that ended on a "strike 'em out, throw 'em out" double play with Saltalamacchia catching the runner at second base on a perfect throw.
The Marlins will look to win a third game in a row on Tuesday when they send Henderson Alvarez to the mound.