Marcus Stroman’s possible last Citi Field start for the Mets was basically a snapshot of his season: solid, but somewhat abbreviated.
After watching their starters mostly get knocked around over the past week, the Mets could only be thankful for the performance. With Stroman in command, they snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Marlins in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Stroman, an impending free agent, allowed two earned runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over five innings. It was his 21st start this season (of 32) in which he pitched at least five innings and allowed two runs or fewer. He’s pitched fewer than six innings in 15 of his starts this season.
Stroman was also part of the offensive excitement. After reaching on third baseman Eddy Alvarez’s throwing error in the second inning, he stole second and advanced to third on Nick Fortes’ errant throw on the play. It was Stroman’s first career stolen base. The last Mets pitcher to steal a base was Jacob deGrom during the 2017 season.
Francisco Lindor gave the Mets a cushion with a two-run homer in the sixth inning that extended the Mets’ lead to 5-2. The blast was Lindor’s second in as many games, giving him 19 for the season.
Lewin Diaz smacked a two-run homer in the fourth that sliced the Mets’ lead to 3-2. The blast was the third allowed by Stroman in his past two starts after going five straight appearances without surrendering one.
Lindor’s RBI single in the first gave the Mets a 1-0 lead following Brandon Nimmo’s leadoff triple. Nimmo entered the day with a 1.124 OPS in nine games against Miami this season.
Jonathan Villar stroked a two-out RBI single in the third that extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0. After Villar stole second to put runners on second and third, Javier Baez scored on Alvarez’s fielding error. Baez had reached on a two-out single.