The biggest bat in the Marlins lineup woke up Tuesday night.
But that still wasn’t enough to secure them a win.
Justin Bour, who was mired in a hitting slump over the Marlins’ first 10 games, smacked his first two home runs of the season twice giving Miami the lead.
And twice the Marlins’ bullpen gave those leads back to the Mets, who secured an 8-6 victory over Miami on a ninth-inning, go-ahead double by Yoenis Cespedes.
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“This is one that stings,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We play that game in Philly the other night and lose by 20 runs, but this one hurts a lot more than that.”
Bour was hitting .154 (6 for 39) entering his at-bat in the fifth inning when he went opposite field to left for a two-run home run off Mets starter Jacob deGrom. The 377-foot blast capped a four-run frame for the Marlins (3-8), who erased a three-run deficit for the third time this season in a game they’d eventually lose.
“We just need to keep playing no matter what good or bad,” Bour said. “Obviously we’re showing we have the hitting. We have the pitching. We just have to put it all together.”
With the game tied at 4 in the bottom of the seventh, the lefty-hitting Bour went the other way again belting a first-pitch fastball from reliever Jacob Rhame into the Marlins’ bullpen to give Miami a 6-4 edge.
The Marlins have five home runs as a team - the fewest among National League teams so far.
It was Bour’s first multi-homer game since May 31 and the fourth of his career. Coincidentally, Bour hit his first home run of the 2017 season off deGrom.
According to Baseball Reference, it was the first time Bour hit a pair of home runs in a game to the opposite field. Of Bour’s 66 career home runs, only seven have been hit to left field.
“I think it’s just a matter of having a little more conviction and going up there with a distinct plan and staying with it,” Bour said.
But that lead just like the first one Bour gave the Marlins was short-lived.
Kyle Barraclough gave up a pair of home runs in the eighth inning as the Mets tied it up at 6 on solo blasts by Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera, who homered twice in the game.
Barraclough had only allowed seven home runs in 166 2/3 career innings entering the game and had never surrendered more than one in an appearance.
Cespedes put the game away in the ninth after hitting a two-run double off Brad Ziegler as the Mets started a rally on a throwing error by Brian Anderson that allowed Amed Rosario to reach base.
“When you see the offense battle like that and get us a couple of leads and we just didn’t do our job...plain and simple,” Ziegler said.