NEW YORK -- Little has come easy in the first week for the Marlins, so there was a sense of relief when the offense exploded for seven runs in the second inning of Monday's 10-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
The big outburst, punctuated by Giancarlo Stanton's two-run homer, propelled in the series opener.
Gordon slapped an RBI infield single up the middle, making it 3-0. With two outs, Christian Yelich had a pivotal at-bat, which ended with a two-run single to center.
Stanton, the ninth batter to come up to the plate, delivered the exclamation point with his golf-like swing that sent the ball into the seats in left field. Normally, you don't see Stanton reaching low for a pitch like he did on his second homer of the season.
"Sometimes you need to," Stanton said. "I don't golf, so that's the closest I can come to doing it."
Statcast™ projected the shot to have traveled 419 feet from home plate, with an exit velocity of 106 mph, along with a launch angle of 22 degrees.
"The wind does some weird things out there," Stanton said of the drive. "As long as I cut that, I think I was going to be all right."
Stanton was the last batter Matz faced before he was replaced after 59 pitches.
The win improved Miami to 2-1 on the road trip, and it put the Marlins in position to take the series on Tuesday.
"Get out in front on a good team," Gordon said. "You've got to turn the page and go out there tomorrow and do the same thing."
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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.