The Miami Marlins picked up a second straight win and finally beat the New York Mets with their 2-1 win on Monday.
The Mets have dominated the Marlins this spring and won three games in a span of a week at Roger Dean Stadium. This game which was played at Tradition Field, marked the first time that Miami was able to come away with a win against New York in 2016. The teams also tied once and will play once more in March.
The story of the day for Miami was Jarred Cosart as the rotation hopeful kept his 0.00 E.R.A intact. Cosart who has a leg-up in the rotation competition struck out four across 3.2 innings in which he allowed three hits and walked two. Cosart entered camp hoping to win the fourth and fourth slot in the rotation, and it would likely take a lot for that to not happen now.
Brad Hand allowed a hit and a walk in another brief relief appearance. Hand is out of options and could also be out of time in Miami. The Marlins have not seen the best of results for the lefty this spring, and there are a number of pitchers who have posted better numbers. The Marlins would risk losing Hand's services to another team if he fails to make the roster.
Miami scored both of its runs in the eighth inning to break up a 0-0 tie. The first run scored when Robert Andino stole third base and scored on a throwing error. Andino is looking to win a bench job with the team and his pinch-running ability could put him over the top. The fact Andino is hitting .391 this spring so far also helps his chances at this point. Miami's second run of the inning came during a double-play.
The Marlins compiled ten hits in all, but had some difficulty finding a timely knock. As a team, Miami was 1-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
The Marlins will next host the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.