Bullpen comes to rescue after Koehler leaves early

Bullpen comes to rescue after Koehler leaves early

NEW YORK -- An early exit for Tom Koehler on Saturday afternoon created a long day for the Marlins' bullpen. But in one of their most impressive performances of the season, six relievers combined to throw 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

A.J. Ramos was called upon to log a four-out save, and Miami clipped the Mets, 9-5, at Citi Field, securing a series victory.

"Phenomenal job, all six of them," Koehler said. "Incredible job today."

Koehler struggled early, giving up a run in the first inning, and loading the bases with no outs. Yet, he minimized damage, yielding just that one run.

In the second inning, the right-hander received a scare, getting hit in the back of the right shoulder on Juan Lagares' hot smash. The ball glanced off his head. It was a potentially scary moment.

Koehler evades comebacker

In the fourth inning, Koehler let a four-run lead slip away, and was lifted after 3 1/3 innings.

"I don't know if it's getting hit in the head or the way I pitched that gave me the headache," Koehler quipped.

But the bullpen came through. Vin Mazarro got two big outs in the fourth, keeping the score even at 5. Bryan Morris, Mike Dunn, Carter Capps, Sam Dyson and Ramos handled the rest.

Dunn, in the sixth inning, inherited two base runners, yet struck out Lucas Duda and got Daniel Murphy to bounce out to short. Dunn picked up the win.

In the seventh, Capps allowed a leadoff single to Michael Cuddyer, but ended up striking out Lagares and Kevin Plawecki. A couple of times, Capps reached 100 mph.

Capps threw a 100 mph fastball to Plawecki, and then froze him on an 84 mph slider.

Capps knew he was throwing hard, but wasn't sure if he reached 100.

"I can't really tell," he said. "I try not to look at the scoreboard, because if I do, I'll look like a jerk. Sometimes I can definitely tell [by the crowd]. I feel if I get into one and the crowd reacts, I figure I got into it pretty good. I'm definitely not trying to throw it a certain miles per hour or anything, I'm trying to get outs."

Ramos earns fourth save

Ramos logged Miami's first four-out save since Steve Cishek on May 24, 2014 against the Brewers.

Jennings went to Ramos in a two-run game with a runner on third and Duda at the plate and Murphy to follow.

"We went with Ramos with the four-out save because Duda and Murphy were a combined, 1-for-15 against him," Jennings said. "Ramos came in and got the job done."

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