Marlins Open Big Series With Loss to Mets

The Marlins began a series against the New York Mets on Friday with a 5-3 loss

The Miami Marlins dropped the opening game of their series against the New York Mets 5-3 on Friday.

Miami leads New York by only a half-game now in the Wild-Card standings. The Marlins and Mets are also battling for position in the National League East. Presently the Washington Nationals lead the division, but both the Mets and Marlins remain in contention for the title.

Adam Conley pitched well and ended up with a no decision. Conley had a quality start which featured six innings of of two-run ball. The lefty allowed six hits and a walk while striking out three.

David Phelps continued his recent slump with another poor outing. The reliever allowed the eventual winning run to score while only retiring one batter in his time on the mound.

Christian Yelich's recent display of power continued in this one. Yelich hit his tenth home run of the year which is a new career-high. The left-fielder has three homers in the past week alone. Yelich's home run was of the two-run variety and tied the game at the time.

Making a rare start, Miguel Rojas had two hits while manning third base. Rojas doubled for the seventh time this season while also adding a single along the way. The utility infielder is now hitting .271 this season and has also played dependable defense.

Jose Fernandez will look to continue his success at home when he starts against the Mets on Saturday.

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