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It was just one of those nights for Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee took a scoreless effort into the eighth inning against the Marlins on Monday before surrendering a run.

“That was extremely important for him, and for the club, too,” manager Terry Collins said. “We can put to rest that Dillon Gee can’t pitch at this level. There’s been a lot of talk, and I feel terrible for him, but I think he went out there tonight and showed everybody he can do what he’s done in the past and he’s still got it in him.”

Gee was charged with one run on six hits in 7 2/3 innings, during which he threw a total of 70 pitches, 57 of which were strikes.

“I try to pitch well every time out,” said Gee, who is 19-20 with a 3.81 ERA during his last 58 starts. “Tonight, I got a lot of ground balls and they were at people. It was just one of those nights.”

Gee has made 50 straight starts of five innings or more, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the second-longest streak in team history.


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: First off, I hope this reconfirms for people why Gee belongs in the starting rotation, not that I believe his job was ever truly in jeopardy this week. Good for him, but also, good for us – as baseball fans – because he and Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart put on a great show. I’m sure I’d feel different had the Mets lost, but Monday night’s game was fun and what I remember to be “old school baseball” from when I was growing up.

I watched Gee and Cosart both work quick, throw and get back on the mound, they pounded the strike zone with breaking stuff, they each got first-pitch strikes and changed speeds, and they trusted the men in the field to do their jobs. The seventh-inning stretch occurred 65 minutes after the start of the game, at which point Gee had thrown just 50 or so pitches. It was a beautiful thing: an efficient, tight, fundamentally sound, and — topped off by a dramatic finish — excoting game. Nice work, everyone!

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Juan Lagares battled back, set up Murphy’s HR

In advance of Daniel Murphy’s ninth-inning home run Monday, Juan Lagares battled back from down 0-2 in the count to rip a lead-off double over the head of Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna.

Lagares, 26, is hitting .389 with 21 hits in his last 14 games.


Matthew Cerrone: Huge hit. It set up Murphy, but more importantly, Lagares worked the at bat. He battled, fouled off side-armed slider after slider, and then the knock. Up 1-0, I’m not sure why the Marlins weren’t playing a no-doubles defense in center field, which would have allowed Ozuna to charge in the ball and likely catch it for an out. But, oh well…

Lagares has been fantastic the last two weeks, looking like the all-around player everyone hoped he would be. To the point, he’s hitting right-handed pitchers with force, especially against the off-speed pitches that troubled him in the past. In Spring Training, hitting coach Kevin Long said Lagares reminded him of Robinson Cano during the early part of Cano’s career. Long intended to make similar adjustments to Lagares, and hopefully we’re seeing the benefits of that work.


Link: Video of Lagares doubling on a fly ball to CF to lead off the ninth inning SNY.TV

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Bobby Parnell says he’s fine, expects velocity to return after rest

Bobby Parnell is optimistic his velocity will return after a recent MRI showed no structural damage to his throwing arm, he told reporters in Miami on Monday.

Parnell had recently been shut down for five days during his rehab from Tommy John surgery with what he described as “achiness in his forearm.”

“We never really thought anything was wrong, we just wanted to be sure,” said Parnell, whose fastball has sat around 88 mph during his rehab. Prior to elbow surgery, Parnell’s fastball often reached the upper 90s.

He has not thrown in four days, but expects to play catch on flat ground later this week.

“I’ve got to get 100 percent and be here to help these guys at the end,” Parnell concluded. “I feel like the velocity is there. I feel like after these next few days, it’s going to show itself.”

Mets GM Sandy Alderson had been predicting that Parnell would return from the disabled list at some point in late April, early May, though this recent set back will likely push that date in to mid-to-late May.

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He’s Murphalicious!

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning against closer Steve Cishek to give the Mets a 3-1 win against the Marlins on Monday night in Miami.

“It’s Dan’s night,” manager Terry Collins said after the win. “He’s Murphalicious, that’s what we know he can do.”

Murphy started the season hitting just .140 through his first 15 games. However, since moving closer to home plate at the suggestion of hitting coach Kevin Long, Murphy is 3-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI.

“It’s been awesome, and those guys have been so excited for me the last two days with some of the hits I have gotten,” Murphy said. “This is the greatest bunch of teammates I have ever had in my entire life and I’m real humbled to be on this ballclub.”

Collins said Murphy’s home run was extra important for his team, given that they just lost two of three to the Yankees, played a sloppy, nationally-televised game on ESPN then traveled to and arrived in Miami at 5 a.m. ET.

“This was a tough day for us,” Collins said. “After all of the hoopla of the last weekend and getting in early this morning, to come out and win this ballgame was big. … We’re tired, we’re beat, and when you can have that surge of energy, that’s a huge pick-me-up.”


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: This was a HUGE win. It could have been so easy to mail it in, and get back at it Tuesday. It looked like Dillon Gee, who flew ahead of the team early Sunday, was the only player on point. And then Murphy stepped to the plate… The guy has looked like a totally different player the last few games. He’s hitting the ball hard, turning on inside fastballs and going the other way on pitches off the plate. The crazy thing is, despite his early-season struggles, he’s on pace to drive in close to 100 runs. I think it’s obvious he was slowed by the hamstring and lack of spring training at bats. So, consider the first three weeks of the season his Grapefruit League, this past weekend his Opening Day and you realize he’ll be fine…


Video: Daniel Murphy hits a clutch, ninth-inning, 3-run HR to give the Mets a 3-1 lead SNY.TV

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In case you missed it, presented by Citi

Dillon Gee allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Marlins, 3-1, on Monday night in Miami.

To make room for Rafael Montero, who is scheduled to make a spot start on Tuesday, infielder Danny Muno was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets again have a four-man bench.

Montero will not be replacing Dillon Gee in the rotation, Terry Collins told reporters.

David Wright will not return from the disabled list on Thursday, Collins said. Instead, Wright may return on Saturday, May 2.

Matt Harvey should get at least 30 starts during the regular season, but no more than 32, David Lennon reported.

What’s on tap for Tuesday, April 28

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Marlins on Tuesday in Miami at 7:10 p.m.

Rafael Montero gets the start for the Mets, opposed by David Phelps for Miami.


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Monday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard was phenomenal Monday night in the 51s win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Albuquerque.

The right-hander tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout, allowing two singles, while striking out nine and did not walk a batter. It’s the first complete game of his career. He retired 17 batters in a row at one point and was hitting 97 mph on the Cashman Field gun in the 7th inning. He threw 82 pitches, 62 strikes >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

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Links and Video Highlights from Monday’s win

Juan Lagares‘s doubles on a fly ball to center field to lead off the top of the ninth inning, giving the Mets a crucial runner on base >> Watch here

Daniel Murphy blasts a clutch, three-run home run off Steve Cishek to give the Mets a 3-1 leading the top of the ninth inning >> Watch here

Murphy robs Michael Morse of a base hit in the ninth inning for the second out >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.

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Muno sent to Triple-A to make room for Montero

The Mets have demoted infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Rafael Montero.

Montero joined the team on Monday in advance of his spot start on Tuesday.

Muno, who was called up on April, hit .167 in six plate appearances.

With Montero activated and Muno sent down, the Mets again have a four-man bench.

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Gee dominant until eighth, Mets rally in ninth to beat Marlins

The Mets (15-5) scored three runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Marlins (8-12) by the score of 3-1 on Monday night in Miami.


Dillon Gee was dominant and efficient until the eighth inning, having thrown just 59 pitches entering the frame. Overall, Gee allowed one run on six hits while walking none and striking out three in 7 2/3 innings.

While Gee was shutting down the Marlins, Jarred Cosart did the same to the Mets for eight innings as the game headed into the bottom of the eighth scoreless.

After retiring the first two batters in the eighth, Gee allowed three consecutive two-out hits as the Mets fell behind, 1-0.

Juan Lagares doubled to open the ninth on a ball Marcell Ozuna misjudged in center field, and Lucas Duda walked to put runners on first and second with no one out. After Michael Cuddyer flew out, Daniel Murphy blasted a three-run homer to right to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.


The Mets continue their three-game series with the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m.

Rafael Montero gets the start for the Mets, opposed by David Phelps for the Marlins.


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

After a stellar stary by Gee, it all fell apart quickly there in the eighth inning. Thankfully for the Mets, Murphy delievered his three-run blast and there was joy in Mudville.

Gee — and Cosart — were both brilliant on Monday night. They both had everything going for them and it looked like they both could have went 10, 11 or 12 innings if needed. The Marlins played some nice small ball in the bottom of the eighth to scratch out their run, but Torres limited the damage when he got one of the best hitters in baseball to pop up on the first pitch.

Murphy’s home run was all the Mets needed on Monday night. The second baseman has been struggling this season (despite his recent 4 RBI game) and this could be the shot in the arm he needs to get going. If the team is going to win without David Wright or Travis d’Arnaud in the lineup, they’re going to need production out of Murphy. This huge homer is hopefully the sign of better things to come for Murphy.