MIAMI (AP) — Mets reliever Justin Wilson stood at his locker 30 minutes after Tuesday night’s game fanning himself with his shirt.
“Can’t stop sweating,” he said.
No wonder. Wilson escaped jams in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save since 2017, and New York beat the Miami Marlins 6-5.
Wilson wasn’t the only Met to sweat. The Marlins went 1 for 10 against Jason Vargas (1-0), who was hit hard but allowed only two runs in five innings in his season debut. Miami totaled 16 hits but left 14 runners on base.
Jorge Alfaro went 0 for 4 and stranded seven, including the potential tying run at third when he struck out against Wilson to end the eighth inning.
Wilson hit a batter and allowed a single in the ninth but earned his first save since 2017 when Miguel Rojas lined into a game-ending double play.
Amed Rosario hit a two-run double in the Mets’ five-run first inning against Jose Urena. Wilson Ramos and Dominic Smith each had two hits and an RBI for the Mets, who improved to 4-1.
Urena (0-2) needed 40 pitches to get through the first inning and departed for a pinch-hitter after four innings trailing 5-1. The Marlins’ opening day starter has an ERA of 10.38.
Starlin Castro hit his second homer for Miami.
The Mets scored five runs before Urena recorded his second out. Ramos and Smith each had an RBI single, and Rosario followed with his double. Rosario drove in the tiebreaking run with a single in the ninth inning of the Mets’ win Monday to start the series.
Brandon Nimmo earned a painful RBI when he was hit on the left knuckle by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh. He was awarded first base when a replay review overturned the original ruling that he had fouled the pitch off.
Nimmo left the game after the inning. X-rays were negative, and he’ll be reevaluated Wednesday.
New Mets hitting coach Chili Davis has preached situational hitting, and four of their nine hits were to the opposite field.
Brian Anderson doubled home the Marlins’ first run. Lewis Brinson and Peter O’Brien delivered RBI singles in the seventh.
THE DAY AFTER
Marlins manager Don Mattingly walked back his criticism of the umpires following Monday’s loss. He had suggested the crew was piling on a team that’s not expected to contend.
“It was fairly emotional after the game,” Mattingly said. “That plays into your words. I know the umpires are trying to get it right. It’s not that there’s a conspiracy or anything against the Marlins. That’s probably an area I regret, going that far.”
Mets: OF Juan Lagares was back in the lineup after getting hit on the right hand by a pitch Monday. INF Todd Frazier (left oblique) and C Travis d’Arnaud (elbow) will begin rehabilitation assignments Thursday at Class A St. Lucie.
Marlins: Alfaro was hit on the left hand by a pitch but stayed in the game.
RHP Jacob deGrom (1-0, 0.00), who struck out 10 in six scoreless innings against the Nationals on opening day, will start Wednesday against RHP Trevor Richards (0-0, 1.50). DeGrom is 4-6 against the Marlins, who have beaten him more than any other team, with a 3.60 ERA.
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