NEW YORK -- Christian Yelich's two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave the Marlins a lead and Giancarlo Stanton's two behemoth home runs backed a strong bullpen effort in Miami's 9-5 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
Stanton launched a bullet of a solo shot in the third, which left his bat at 122 miles per hour and was projected to have traveled 422 feet to center field, as tracked by Statcast™. In the ninth Stanton and Jeff Baker launched back-to-back shots. Stanton's landed a projected 455 feet away in the second deck in left, as tracked by Statcast™.
"Since I've started here, they've brought the fences in a couple of times," Stanton said. "That's always good for us. I feel like it plays fair, except for left field. It's a little close. But the rest plays a little fair."
Six Miami relievers combined to toss 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Tom Koehler, and A.J. Ramos recorded a four-out save. Ramos struck out Lucas Duda, representing the tying run, in the eighth before breezing through a scoreless ninth for the Marlins' first four-out save since Steve Cishek on May, 24, 2014.
The Mets rallied to tie the game with a four-run fourth, when third baseman Ruben Tejada hit a three-run double following Curtis Granderson's RBI single. After that, both bullpens alternated getting into and wiggling out of jams.
New York stranded two runners in the sixth and couldn't capitalize after the leadoff man reached in the eighth. Miami nearly ran itself out of the sixth inning before stranding a runner at third.
Koehler struggled for the second consecutive time at Citi Field, allowing five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. But his counterpart, Jon Niese, wasn't much better. Miami scored five runs in four innings off Niese, three on home runs from Stanton and J.T. Realmuto.
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'Pen picks up Koehler: When Koehler exited after 3 1/3 innings, it literally became a group effort for Miami's bullpen to pick up the remaining 5 2/3 innings. Vin Mazarro, Bryan Morris, Mike Dunn, Carter Capps, Sam Dyson and Ramos went the rest of the way. Capps struck out two, and twice threw fastballs clocked at 100 mph. Ramos picked up the four-out save, and he got the call in the 8th to face Duda. Marlins manager Dan Jennings noted Duda and Daniel Murphy, who followed, were a combined 1-for-15 off Ramos. More >
Robles: Little-used Mets reliever Hansel Robles allowed two hits and a walk to load the bases with no out in the seventh, but nearly got out of the pickle before Yelich's go-ahead hit. With his back against the wall, Robles needed six pitches -- all fastballs -- to strike out Jeff Baker and retire Marcell Ozuna on a foul. After two more fastballs, Robles left a slider in the middle of the plate to Yelich. He ended the inning by striking out Realmuto on three fastballs. Then the Marlins tacked on an inning later against Alex Torres.
Not Niese: Niese struggled for the fourth consecutive time out, allowing five runs (four earned) in just four innings. Niese allowed seven hits and two home runs -- one each to Stanton and Realmuto. He's now surrendered 23 runs (20 earned) over his last 20 innings pitched.
"All my mistakes are getting hit," Niese said. "They seem to be barreling everything. It's been frustrating. I'll continue to work, right the ship." More >
Stanton homers twice: Not once but twice Stanton found the seats at Citi Field. The Miami slugger had his second two homer game of the season, with the other coming on May 15 against Atlanta. Stanton homered in the third off Niese, and his second blast was in the ninth off Torres. It was the 15th multi-homer game of Stanton's career.
"You can't give in," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "This guy is way too powerful and does all sorts of damage."
"Just an outstanding ballgame from everybody. Everybody contributed in a big way. Picked each other up. That's how you build team. That's the character of those men in that room. I tip my hat to what they were able to do." -- Jennings, on his team's win on Saturday.
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Dan Haren, the winning pitcher for Miami on Friday night, was used as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He struck out. Miami's bench is short with Adeiny Hechavarria (left shoulder bruise). The 34-year-old Haren is 1-for-4 as a pinch-hitter in his career, with his last opportunity in 2012.
Marlins: Miami closes out the six-game road trip on Sunday with a 1:10 p.m. ET meeting with the Mets. David Phelps, with the Yankees last year, has a 2.53 ERA in 10 2/3 innings in his career against the Mets.
Mets: New York has one more game at home before embarking on a two-city West Coast swing. Bartolo Colon heads to the mound looking for his eighth win. Amazingly, the 42-year-old has factored in the decision in each of his last 22 starts, dating back to last season.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.