MIAMI — Mets Manager Terry Collins came up with a headline for the New York tabloids to describe second baseman Daniel Murphy’s role in a comeback win April 27.
“Murf-a-licious,” Collins said.
Murphy hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth inning, and the Mets snapped the Miami Marlins’ five-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory.
The Marlins grabbed the lead in the eighth with three consecutive two-out singles, breaking up Dillon Gee’s shutout bid in a game that took only 1 hour, 58 minutes.
It was the fastest nine-inning game in the majors since the Padres and Astros also finished in 1:58 on June 27, 2012, according to STATS.
Jarred Cosart matched Gee by allowing just two hits in eight scoreless innings. But the Mets rallied against closer Steve Cishek (0-1), who blew a save for the second time in three chances this year.
The Mets (15-5) won with five hits, bouncing back from a sloppy loss April 26 to the crosstown Yankees. The Mets have the best record in the majors and improved to 5-0 against Miami, including a sweep of a four-game series at Citi Field.
Juan Lagares doubled to start the ninth when his long drive was misjudged by center fielder Marcell Ozuna, and Lucas Duda walked. Following a flyout, Murphy hit his second homer and raised a jubilant fist as the ball landed in the seats.
“I think I touched the bases,” he said. “To be completely honest, I don’t know.”
Cishek, meanwhile, yanked off his cap in dismay. His ERA rose to 11.37.
“It’s tough, especially since the Mets swept us last series,” he said. “We really wanted to stick it to them, and this falls on me.”
Murphy and Gee both started slowly this season for New York. Murphy came into the game batting only .169, though he did have a pair of RBI doubles April 26.
“I’m just focusing on the at-bat at hand,” he said. “No matter what I do, I’m not going to wake up tomorrow and be hitting .290, so one at-bat at a time is all I can control.”
Gee is winless in four starts, and came into the game with a 5.60 ERA. But the right-hander took a three-hit shutout into the eighth.
“We can put to rest that Dillon Gee can’t pitch at this level,” Collins said. “There has been a lot of talk, and I feel terrible for him. He went out there tonight and showed he can do what he has done in the past.”
Carlos Torres (1-0) retired Giancarlo Stanton on a popup with two on to end the eighth. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading ninth save in as many chances, completing a six-hitter and breaking the team record for saves in April.
Familia was helped by Murphy, who made an acrobatic play to rob Michael Morse of a hit. “It was Dan’s night,” Collins said.
(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)