The New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Wednesday, April 8, 2023, at Citi Field. The Mets were led by a strong pitching performance from starter Kodai Senga, who allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. The Mets also got home runs from Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar.
The Marlins were held in check by Senga, who struck out six and walked two. The Marlins’ only runs came on a solo home run by Jesus Sanchez in the fourth inning and an RBI double by Jazz Chisholm Jr. in the sixth.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Alonso. They added two more runs in the third on a RBI double by Escobar and a run-scoring groundout by Francisco Lindor.
The Mets bullpen held the Marlins scoreless over the final three innings to secure the victory.
The Mets improved to 4-2 on the season with the win, while the Marlins fell to 2-4. The two teams will play the second game of their four-game series on Thursday night.
Senga was the story of the game for the Mets. The Japanese right-hander was making his second start of the season and he looked sharp. He allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings, striking out six and walking two. Senga’s fastball was humming and he was able to keep the Marlins off balance with his off-speed pitches.
Alonso was the big bat for the Mets. The first baseman hit his third home run of the season in the first inning and he also drove in a run with a double in the third. Alonso is now batting .333 on the season.
Escobar also had a big day for the Mets. The third baseman hit his second home run of the season and he also drove in a run with a double. Escobar is now batting .300 on the season.
The Mets bullpen was also solid. Drew Smith, Trevor May, and Edwin Diaz all pitched scoreless innings to close out the game.
The Marlins were led by Sanchez. The outfielder hit his second home run of the season and he also drove in a run with a double. Sanchez is now batting .300 on the season.
Chisholm Jr. also had a good game for the Marlins. The second baseman had two hits, including a double, and he drove in a run. Chisholm Jr. is now batting .286 on the season.
The Marlins will look to bounce back on Sunday afternoon in the final game of their three-game series against the Mets.