Mets takeaways from Thursday's 4-3 win over Marlins, including Dom Smith's game-winning pinch-hit RBI

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Dom Smith follows through on swing home uniform side angle
Dom Smith follows through on swing home uniform side angle

The Mets defeated the Miami Marlins, 4-3, on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Here are the takeaways ...

1. Things couldn’t have started much worse for the Mets on Thursday night. Carlos Carrasco’s first pitch was sent deep into the seats in left field by Miguel Rojas, marking the second time this season that the right-hander has allowed a homer on his first pitch of a game. Jazz Chisholm Jr. then doubled and reached third on a bobble by Brandon Nimmo, and Chisholm came in to score on an RBI single by Jesus Aguilar. Before an out was recorded, the Mets were down 2-0.

2. But Jonathan Villar answered right back, destroying Sandy Alcantara’s first pitch of the game deep over the wall in right-center to quickly cut the lead to 2-1.

According to Sarah Langs, Tuesday’s game was the first time that both leadoff hitters homered on the first pitch of the game since pitch tracking first began in 1988.

3. The Mets took the lead in the fourth inning. Nimmo reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a wild throw, and Francisco Lindor drove him home by tagging a double off the base of the wall in left-center. After advancing to third, Lindor forced an Alcantara balk, allowing Lindor to score to put the Mets up 3-2.

4. Just as he did in his last start, Carrasco settled in nicely after a tough first inning. The veteran retired his next 14 of 15 (including 12 straight at one point) to allow the Mets to take and maintain the lead through five innings.

In the sixth, Carrasco allowed a Rojas infield single and made things worse by throwing the ball away at first to allow him to move to second. After an Aguilar walk, Carrasco’s night was over after 5.1 innings. Aaron Loup came into the game and walked Jesus Sanchez to load the bases with one out and then issued another walk to Lewis Brinson to tie the game. He surrendered the lead, but got out of the inning with things still tied.

With the run scoring, Carrasco was charged with three earned runs on four hits over 5.1 innings, striking out five and walking one.

5. With the game still tied in the seventh, Jeff McNeil and Patrick Mazeika singled, and a bobble by Sanchez in right gave the Mets runners at the corners with one out. Pinch-hitter Dom Smith then delivered the big hit with a line-drive single off of Aguilar’s glove at first, scoring McNeil and giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.

6. Trevor May allowed a walk and a stolen base, but ultimately did his job with a scoreless eighth inning. With a one-run lead in the ninth, Edwin Diaz struck out two hitters in a clean inning to lock down the win.

7. Fans of strong defense probably had a tough time watching on Tuesday. The Mets and Marlins combined to make seven errors, yet somehow no unearned runs were attributed to either squad's pitchers.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets hit the road to begin a five-game series with the Washington Nationals on Friday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Rich Hill will face Sean Nolin in a battle of former Long Island Ducks.