Final Score: Mets 6 Marlins 5

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Marlon Byrd tied the game in the 7th inning with an RBI single, and then scored from first on an Ike Davis RBI double.

Bobby Parnell pitched around a single and a walk to earn his 21st save of the season.

Daniel Murphy drove in three runs tonight, part of a 2-for-4 effort.

Jeremy Hefner was ineffective again. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 111 pitches

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Andrew Wharton, Contributor

The seventh inning was pretty neat to watch, as you wouldn’t have guessed the Mets were a team that is essentially out of the race before the deadline. They’re inconsistent as can be, but they didn’t quit and that fight showed again tonight. Enough cannot be said about the season Marlon Byrd is having; I’ll really miss watching him play. Is it crazy to say that about a guy who hasn’t even played 100 games for the Mets?

The ninth inning wasn’t easy for Bobby Parnell, who allowed runners on the corners before getting Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to end the game. Getting out of a jam in that situation, against a hitter like Stanton, really shows how far Parnell has come in his maturation level as a closer. The guy is just so calm out there now.

Jeremy Hefner’s line is a weird one, and his ERA for the game isn’t really indicative of how he pitched. He was not in control of his pitches, and when he was in the strike zone, his stuff flattened out. It doesn’t matter who you’re facing because at this level—flat pitches get crushed. With Jon Niese reportedly being close to returning to the big league club, Hefner’s days may be numbered. It was fun while it lasted, but regression has finally caught up to him. In his last three starts, Hefner has a 10.79 ERA and a 2.229 WHIP.

Ron Darling made an interesting comment during the broadcast, stating the norm for Mets starters should now be around 115 to 120 pitches because of the six-man rotation. I couldn’t agree more, and actually, I think this should be the norm for a five-man rotation. The problem is most pitchers aren’t conditioned to go this deep, which is what we saw tonight with Hefner.

By the way, with another scoreless outing tonight, Josh Edgin has allowed just two earned runs in 19 innings since being recalled in June.

This was a win the Mets needed badly, not just because they’ve struggled against the Marlins this year, but because of the way the weekend series in DC went. Let’s see if it carries over into the trio of Wheeler, Mejia, and Harvey for the rest of the series.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets continue their four-game series with the Marlins in Miami tomorrow night, with Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) taking on Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) at 7:10 pm.