Mets offense erupts in rout of Marlins for sixth straight win

MIAMI — Crushing a disappointing opponent also counts for something.

In the case of the Mets, it would have been easy to lose focus and take a vacation to South Beach after sweeping the Yankees into the intense spotlight of the Subway Series. Instead, they ran business for three days against a team they were supposed to beat.

The Bats started early on Sunday and went on to a 9-3 victory over the Marlins at LoanDepot Park, which allowed the Mets to tie their longest winning streak of the season at six games.

An even bigger push awaits in Washington, where the Mets will face the last-place national championships over the next three days. Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom are expected to pitch for the Mets in the series, and the Nationals could very well offload Juan Soto and Josh Bell, among others, before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. trade deadline.

It’s another classic trap streak that can’t be overlooked by the Mets, who play the Braves five times in four days starting Thursday at Citi Field. This streak could have implications for first place in the NL East, where the Mets hold a three-game lead over Atlanta.

Francisco Lindor celebrates the Mets victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday in the Mets' win over the Marlins.
Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday in the Mets’ win over the Marlins.

The Marlins never had a chance that day. By the time the third inning was over, the Mets had already amassed 12 hits and taken a 6-0 lead, knocking out starting pitcher Pablo Lopez in the process.

It was a nice change of pace for the Mets, who had just two runs going into the eighth inning on Saturday before adding two insurance runs. A night earlier, they fell into a three-point hole in the opening round against stud right-hander Sandy Alcantara but managed to rally for the win.

Sticking to their methodical approach, the Mets didn’t even need a home run to build their first lead. Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso doubled in succession in the first set for a 1-0 lead. Daniel Vogelbach and Jeff McNeil delivered singles, the latter of which brought the Mets second inning. Mark Canha brought in another with an RBI single.

Mark Canha scores in the third inning on a hit by Brandon Nimmo.
Mark Canha scores in the third inning on a hit by Brandon Nimmo.

The Mets gave Lopez a break in the second — Alonso hit in a double play to kill a rally — but were back in the third. Tyler Naquin hit a triple RBI for his first hit in a Mets uniform before Canha’s next single extended the lead to 5-0. Brandon Nimmo delivered a two-out RBI single that stunned Lopez and gave Taijuan Walker a six-point cushion.

Walker pitched 5 ²/₃ innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander shut out the Marlins in seven innings in his previous start against them on July 10.

The Mets finished with a season-high 19 hits. Lindor, McNeil and Canha led the charge with three apiece.

New York Post

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