Mets 1, Marlins 0

The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning snapped a scoreless tie Sunday afternoon and lifted the New York Mets to a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (67-82) won three of the four games in the weekend series. The Marlins (55-94) have lost nine of their last 12.

The Mets and Marlins capped the season series in appropriate fashion by requiring extra innings for the fifth time in 19 games. The Marlins won in 15 innings on Apr. 29, in 20 innings on June 8 and in 10 innings on June 9 before the Mets won in 10 innings on July 30.

Vic Black earned his first big league win with a perfect 12th inning. Zach Phillips took the loss - his first decision in 19 major league games. He failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in the 12th.

Juan Lagares led off the 12th by drawing the Mets' first walk of the game. Lagares went to third on Daniel Murphy's single to center field before Lucas Duda walked on five pitches.

Lagares and Murphy were forced at home on grounders by pinch-hitter Zach Lutz and Andrew Brown before d'Arnaud singled just past a diving Adeiny Hechavarria to bring home Duda.

d'Arnaud raised his right arm as he neared first base and was mobbed by teammates in between first and second.

Despite lasting 12 innings, the game was played in just three hours and 37 minutes and in a manner befitting the Mets' and Marlins' status as the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the NL East.

Forty-four of the 81 at-bats ended in three pitches or less and both teams ran into outs on the basepaths. In the sixth, Justin Ruggiano doubled with two outs but was caught stealing third on Gee's next pitch. Daniel Murphy led off the seventh with a single for the Mets but was picked off by Koehler for the second out.

Murphy "starred" in a gaffe-filled top of the ninth that represented the Marlins' best chance to score. Logan Morrison led off with an infield single and went to second when Murphy's shovel toss to first base sailed over Duda's head and into the Mets' dugout.

Ed Lucas followed with a grounder to Murphy, who threw out pinch-runner Hechavarria trying to advance to third. Koyle Hill hit a potential double play grounder to third, but Murphy dropped the ball and both Lucas and Hill were safe.

LaTroy Hawkins escaped the jam by inducing pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to pop up to third and by retiring Chris Coghlan on a grounder to Murphy.

Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler celebrated his homecoming in impressive fashion by twirling the best game of his career. Koehler, who grew up half an hour from Queens in New Rochelle and went to college at Stony Brook on Long Island, allowed just three hits and no walks while striking five out over a career-high eight shutout innings.

Mets starter, Gee allowed six hits and two walks while striking out eight over 7 1/3 innings. He has allowed two runs or less in 15 of his last 20 starts, a stretch in which he has compiled a 2.42 ERA.

NOTES: The Mets have their last scheduled off-day of the season Monday while the Marlins continue a stretch of 21 games in 20 days by heading to Philadelphia for a three-game series. Miami's next scheduled off-day is not until Sept. 26. ... The extra-inning game was the 18th for both teams. The Mets are 8-10 while the Marlins are 5-13. --- Mets RHP Frank Francisco (bruised right thumb) won't be available for another three or four days after he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Marlins' Logan Morrison in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. ... Lucas started at shortstop in place of Hechavarria, who didn't start for the first time since July 31. Hechavarria has appeared in each of the Marlins' last 121 games.
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