The Miami Marlins narrowly avoided a bullpen meltdown and beat the New York Mets 3-2 on Friday to even up the series.
Marcell Ozuna threw Kirk Nieuwenhuis out at the plate to end the game. His run would've tied the game. The play was reviewed but subsequently upheld. It was the second great assist of the night for Ozuna.
Henderson Alvarez hurled 6.1 scoreless innings to improve to 4-3 on the year. The right-hander has a 2.39 E.R.A to go along with that record.
Alvarez struck out five and scattered seven hits while walking none. After his third strikeout of the night in the third inning, Alvarez appeared to have possibly tweaked his hamstring. After a visit with the trainer, he remained in the game however.
A.J. Ramos was first out of the pen and finished off the seventh inning by retiring the two batters he opposed.
In the eighth, Kevin Gregg entered and struggled mightily. The veteran who joined Miami a day earlier allowed a run on two hits and a walk before being lifted.
Mike Dunn entered with runners on the corners and one out. The bases would become loaded after a walk. One of Gregg's inherited runs would come around to score but the inning ended on a perfect throw to the plate from Ozuna.
The throw nailed David Wright at the plate and was reviewed for Rule 7.13. That rule is new in Major League Baseball and stops obstruction by catchers. The replay officials determined that Marlins' catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia did not block the lane and upheld the out.
In the ninth, Steve Cishek gave up a lead-off double and looked to be in trouble. A flyout to the outfield then looked like it would tie the game up before Ozuna's aforementioned laser throw to the plate to catch the tying run. Cishek was credited with his 17th save of the season.
Saltalamacchia had a big day at the plate picking up a pair of doubles in only his second game back in the lineup. The backstop now has 10 two-baggers on the season.
Rafael Furcal stayed hot with his first triple as a Marlin. Adeiny Hechavarria also kept his bat going with a double and two runs batted in.
The Marlins will look to take the edge in the series when Tom Koehler makes a start on Saturday.