NEW YORK — Jonathon Niese is surprised at how poorly he’s pitching. By the looks of it, his pitches aren’t surprising opponents at all.
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and Christian Yelich snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, sending the Miami Marlins to a 9-5 victory over the New York Mets on May 30.
J.T. Realmuto and Jeff Baker also went deep as Miami dinged a struggling Niese, who lasted only four innings.
“All my mistakes are getting hit. They just seem to be barreling everything I throw up there,” he said. “It’s very surprising. It’s frustrating more than anything because my arm feels great, my body feels great and it seems like I’ve been trying to execute my pitches instead of actually executing them. It’s going to change. I’m going to keep working.”
After getting off to a solid start this season, Niese is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in his last four outings.
“I’m concerned because I have yet to see him, in my time here, ever pitch where he makes the number of mistakes he’s made,” Manager Terry Collins said. “So if there’s no injury there we have to look at the mechanics side and some of the other things.”
The Marlins had lost 14-of-17 before taking the first two games of this series, giving them four straight wins against the NL East rival Mets after dropping the first five meetings this season.
Six members of Miami’s maligned bullpen combined for 5 2-3 shutout innings of two-hit ball, and the Marlins won consecutive road games for the first time since April 22-23.
Ruben Tejada hit a three-run double for the Mets, who fell to 20-8 at home and 12-5 in day games. New York went 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 overall.
Stanton launched his 15th homer in the ninth an estimated 455 feet deep into the second deck in left-center. Baker connected on the next pitch from Alex Torres.
It was Stanton’s 15th multi-homer game and second this season. He has five home runs against the Mets this year.
“I wish I could tell you we haven’t seen him like this before, but we have,” Collins said. “There’s nobody with more power in all of baseball.”
Mike Dunn (1-3) escaped a sixth-inning jam by striking out Lucas Duda and retiring Daniel Murphy with runners at the corners.
A.J. Ramos got four outs for his fourth save.
Donovan Solano hit an early two-run double off Niese, and Stanton lined a sizzling shot to right-center in the third that was barely high enough to clear the fence.
“I didn’t think that was gone off the bat. I had to watch the trajectory a little bit,” Stanton said.
Realmuto added a two-run drive in the fourth for his second career homer.
Miami loaded the bases in the seventh with the help of a double that Martin Prado chopped off the glove of a leaping Tejada at third base. Two outs later, Yelich singled to right off rookie Hansel Robles (0-1) to give the Marlins a 7-5 lead.
“He kind of just hung a slider there and I was able to get a piece of it,” Yelich said.
(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)