Miami Marlins

The Marlins waited more than five hours to play — only to get shut out by the Mets

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards, right, reacts as New York Mets’ Amed Rosario runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in New York.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards, right, reacts as New York Mets’ Amed Rosario runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in New York. AP

The Miami Marlins and New York Mets waited more than five-and-a-half hours Wednesday to play the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader.

The Marlins then proceeded to have their most lopsided loss since the All-Star break.

Zack Wheeler threw eight shutout innings and the Mets hit three home runs to defeat the Marlins 13-0. The teams will play a doubleheader Thursday to conclude the four-game series. The loss marked Miami’s 12th shutout loss this season.

Wheeler struck out seven and gave up just four hits in the win. Reliver Paul Sewald ended it with a clean ninth inning.

Wheeler (11-7, 3.23 ERA) helped his own cause with a pair of hits, part of a 14-hit flurry by the Mets (66-78) on the night. Every Mets starter recorded at least one hit and scored. Four recorded multiple hits.

The Marlins (57-87), meanwhile, couldn’t get much done in any facet of the game. Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.84) had a second consecutive poor outing, giving up seven hits and six runs (four earned) in five innings to draw the loss.

Ben Meyer, his first replacement out of the bullpen, followed that up by giving up seven runs — all earned — in the sixth. Six of those runs came on a pair of home runs, including a grand slam from Jay Bruce that barely made it over the left-field wall.

Shortstop JT Riddle took a no-hitter out of question with a leadoff single in the third and the Marlins had a scoring opportunity with bases loaded and one out in the seventh. Lewis Brinson then grounded into a double play to end the threat.

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