NEW YORK -- Looking to reverse their slow start to the season, the Marlins unleashed every bit of their offensive star power Monday at Citi Field, parlaying a seven-run second inning into a 10-3 drubbing of the Mets.
"It's one of those situations where you just tip your cap to them," Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. "They were barreling everything up. They were finding holes. There's nothing you can do but move on to tomorrow."
Marcell Ozuna also homered later in the game, and Dee Gordon tallied an RBI for a Miami club that saw all eight of its starting position players cross home at least once. Other box score stuffers included Martin Prado and Chris Johnson, each of whom reached base safely four times.
Much of that damage came against Matz, whose debut came after a nine-day layoff. Rather than lean on their rookie starter, the Mets split the game's final 7 1/3 innings amongst a quintet of relievers. Even the Marlins were not immune from heavy bullpen usage because their own starter, Jarred Cosart, could not finish the fifth inning despite being staked an eight-run lead.
"Just good at-bats," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after his team's season-high 15-hit performance. "We talked about it in spring, wanting to have a team approach and put pressure on guys. We were able to do a nice job with Matz today. We get a couple of big hits. Yelly gets a big hit in that inning, that extends it to get to Giancarlo again. And then we add on from there."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Touchdown in the second: After four straight close games, the Marlins finally gave themselves some breathing room. They did it in a big way with a seven-run second inning, sending 10 to the plate. Twice previously this season, Miami scored as many as three runs in an inning. Hechavarria and Yelich highlighted the seven runs with two-run singles. Stanton capped the frame with a two-run homer, his second of the season. According to Statcast™, it went a projected 419 feet from home plate and had an exit velocity of 106 mph.
"The difference from previous years is we'd score one or two," Stanton said. "That was a big thing we wanted to focus on, hits at the right times. Not just rack them up with two outs or nobody on, and not build up big innings."
Field goal in the fourth: The Mets mustered at least some life in the fourth inning, doing enough damage to ensure that Cosart would not receive the win. Consecutive hits from David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda resulted in one run. A Cosart wild pitch and a fielder's choice by Asdrubal Cabrera scored two more. While the rally put some spark into a thinning Citi Field crowd, it was only enough to draw the Mets within five runs of the lead.
Curtis Granderson and d'Arnaud finished a combined 0-for-7, falling to 1-for-24 and 1-for-15, respectively, on the season.
"Maybe it was where I sat, but we hit the ball pretty stinking good today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "There were some loud noises, and that was a very, very good sign. [Cespedes] hit the ball great. David hit the ball great. We've just got to get Grandy and d'Arnaud going, to be honest. Those two guys are big."
Narveson key K:Chris Narveson, who surrendered a double to Bryce Harper and was charged with two runs in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Nationals, came up big for Miami in the fifth inning. After Cosart was lifted with two outs and two on in a five-run game, Narveson struck out Lucas Duda on a full count. The lefty backed that up with a scoreless sixth, earning him the win.
"My job is to get the lefty out. In that situation, it was a 'stop-the-momentum' spot in the game. It was nice to come in and do that," Narveson said.
The lefty logged his strikeout the hard way, rebounding from being down 3-0 in the count. "I thought I made a couple of good pitches that he laid off of," Narveson said. "You always feel in those situations, hitters tend to be aggressive."
"I've been pitching since I was eight years old. It's no excuse." -- Matz on dealing with a nine-day layoff prior to Monday's start
"We got some big outs. Narveson got some big outs for us. They were going to keep coming, so it was kind of big to get what we got at the end of the game." -- Mattingly on add-on runs after Mets trying clawing back.
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Three Marlins have hit safely in all five games -- Stanton, Yelich and Prado. Every Mets regular, by contrast, has had at least one hitless game.
Gordon's infield single in the ninth snapped a run of 21 straight batters that reliever Jerry Blevins had retired to open his Mets career, dating back to last April. Blevins missed most of last season with a fractured left forearm, but he retired 15 consecutive batters before his injury and another six to start this season.
REPLAY GOES MARLINS WAY
Three batters into the first inning, the Marlins asked for a review. It ended up being a good decision. Miami challenged the out call on Yelich, who grounded softly to third. Wright made the throw to first, and the bang-bang play was ruled safe. Manager Don Mattingly requested a review. After 2 minutes, 10 seconds, the call was reversed, giving Yelich an infield hit.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: Six days after striking out 13 batters in a loss in his first start, Jose Fernandez is set for Tuesday's 7:10 p.m. ET sandwich game in the series. The right-hander, who made his MLB debut at Citi Field in 2013, hasn't been as consistent on the road as he is at home, where he is 17-1. Away, he is 5-9 with a 3.78 ERA.
Mets: With their bullpen threadbare following 7 1/3 innings of relief in Monday's series opener, the Mets will seek a lengthy start at 7:10 p.m. ET Tuesday from right-hander Noah Syndergaard. He'll face Fernandez in a marquee clash of talented young superstars.