It was a back-to-back kind of night for the Marlins.
Not once — but twice — the Marlins connected on back-to-back home runs Saturday night, and the result was a 5-4 victory over the Mets.
On a night when Mets starter Jacob deGrom set a Marlins Park record for most strikeouts by a visiting pitcher with 13, the Marlins brought out their heavy artillery to pull out the win.
Christian Yelich launched a game-tying two-run homer off Mets reliever Fernando Salas in the eighth. One batter later, Giancarlo Stanton drilled one into the center field shrubs to put the Marlins on top for good.
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“We can hang with anybody. We know that,” Stanton said. [The Mets are] a tough team over there — one of the best teams in the National League. But so are we.”
The twin salvos by Yelich and Stanton came six innings after Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna connected on back-to-back solo shots off deGrom.
It was the second time in franchise history that Marlins hit back-to-back home runs twice in the same game. The only other time they accomplished it was on Aug. 27, 2010.
Marlins hitters wore a path back to the dugout all night as deGrom mowed down one batter after another. He struck out the side in the seventh to cap off the performance.
The 13 K’s broke the previous Marlins Park record of 11 by a visiting hurler and came within one strikeout for any pitcher. DeGrom came within one strikeout of being the most ever thrown by a visiting pitcher in South Florida.
All that kept him from reaching that mark was his pitch count of 97, which kept him from going back out for another inning.
DeGrom’s outing overshadowed an otherwise stellar showing by Marlins starter Adam Conley, who dueled his counterpart through six innings. Conley was back on the mound for the Marlins two nights after entering in relief in the 16th inning and giving up the deciding run.
After surrendering a run in the first and walking the leadoff hitter in the second, Conley retired 15 straight.
“You want to play in games that are close,” Conley said. “You want to pitch against the guy who’s throwing the ball well and try to out-duel him.”
But Neil Walker ended his streak by reaching on a leadoff bunt in the seventh, and Curtis Granderson’s triple tied it 2-2. The Mets took a 3-2 lead on Michael Conforto’s sacrifice fly and went up 4-2 in the eighth on Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo homer off Marlins reliever Junichi Tazawa.
Tazawa has now given up three home runs in only five innings of relief.
But the Marlins recovered.
With two outs in the eighth, Miguel Rojas reached on a walk and Yelich followed with a two-run homer to right. One batter later, Stanton sent one out to center.
After losing Thursday’s 16-inning marathon, the Marlins have struck back with consecutive wins on nights the Mets sent out two of their aces in deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
Syndergaard and deGrom each pitched well enough to win. But the Marlins hung around long enough to pull out late-inning wins.
“Those are two of the best pitchers in baseball, and it shows what kind of team we have,” Yelich said. “We never quit.”