The Miami Marlins picked up a much-needed 6-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.
Miami was on the verge of being swept in the four-game series by the Mets. Even with the win, the Marlins still trail the Mets by a game. Miami also trails multiple other teams in the Wild Card standings. The victory halted a five-game skid overall for the Marlins as well.
Already leading by two runs in the seventh inning, Miami added three more. Christian Yelich homered for the third straight game and 18th time this season. The homer from Yelich was of the three-run variety and was part of a three-hit day for the center fielder.
It was a rare big offense day for the Marlins overall with contributions from several players. Jeff Francoeur (14) and Xavier Scruggs (3) each doubled in the win. Francoeur got the start in left field with Marcell Ozuna unable to play due to a wrist injury.
Dee Gordon's tough season continued with an 0-5 day. Gordon is only hitting .262 this year and is danger of losing playing time. The Marlins need every win they can get right now and cannot afford a lack of production from their lead-off spot.
Jose Urena was solid again in the starting role. Since returning from AAA, Urena has done a good job in Miami's rotation. In this one, the right-hander allowed one run on four hits in six innings of work. Urena walked a pair while adding two strikeouts.
The Mets would score three runs off Miami's bullpen including two against Fernando Rodney in the ninth. Rodney was able to hold onto the lead and complete the win following a home run from Asdrubal Cabrera.
Miami's road trip will continue on Friday when it heads to Cleveland. On the mound for the series opener against the Indians will be Andrew Cashner.