The Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 7-2 on April 9, 2023, at Citi Field. The Marlins scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Braxton Garrett pitched six scoreless innings, and Garrett Cooper hit a two-run home run.
The Marlins’ starting pitcher, Braxton Garrett, was dominant, allowing just two runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven batters and walked none. The Mets’ starting pitcher, Carlos Carrasco, was not as effective, allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three batters and walked two.
The Marlins improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Mets fell to 1-2. The two teams will play again on April 10 in the second game of a three-game series.
Here are some additional details about the game:
- The Marlins’ five-run first inning was their biggest inning of the season.
- Cooper’s home run was his first of the season.
- Garrett’s six innings pitched were his longest of the season.
- Carrasco’s five runs allowed were the most he has allowed in a start this season.
- The Marlins’ win was their first of the season against the Mets.
- The Mets’ loss was their first of the season at home.
The Marlins got off to a quick start in the first inning, scoring five runs on four hits. Garrett Cooper led off the inning with a single, and Jesus Sanchez followed with a double. Avisaíl García then drove in Cooper with a single, and Joey Wendle hit a two-run double to make it 2-0. Brian Anderson then singled in Wendle, and Miguel Rojas capped the scoring with an RBI single.
Garrett cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit. In the sixth inning, however, he allowed a leadoff single to Francisco Lindor. Lindor then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pete Alonso then hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Marlins’ lead to 5-1.
Garrett got out of the sixth inning without further damage, and the Marlins added an insurance run in the seventh inning. Cooper led off the inning with a walk, and Sanchez followed with a single. García then hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.
The Mets scored their second run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Lindor led off the inning with a walk, and Alonso followed with a single. Jeff McNeil then hit a sacrifice fly to score Lindor.