Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed a run on only two hits in seven innings for his first win since last August.
LaTroy Hawkins recorded his tenth save with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Mets got back-to-back home runs from Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda in the third inning.
Wilmer Flores drove in a run in the first inning with a single down the left field line.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Michael Baron, ContributorObviously, this was Dice-K’s best start since joining the Mets. He threw a ton of first-pitch strikes, and his off-speed stuff was absolutely filthy. This was a good lineup for Dice-K to face – the Marlins area young and aggressively swinging team, they went fishing on multiple occasions on Dice-K’s curveball, and came up empty all night long. As was the case with Aaron Harang on Thursday, Dice-K did well in serving his purpose tonight by eating some much needed innings, saving the bullpen after a long day, and bridging the gap to the end of the season.
I truly believe if Lucas Duda swing at more pitches inside the strike zone, he would have more consistent success and live up to the potential he has in him. It’s clear he has a lot of power – he hit an absolute bomb in the third inning tonight. But he seems to beat himself by taking hittable pitches in deal counts, forcing him into defensive situations in the batters box. I like that he has a good eye, and I think that would still play well if he was more aggressive in the zone. The mystery is whether or not Duda can do what he’s done over the last couple of days on a consistent basis. And so, it remains to be seen how much patience the Mets have left with him…
The Mets will look for the series victory against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Dillon Gee facing Tom Koehler at 7:10 PM.