Stanton's 2 homers not enough for Marlins
NEW YORK (AP)
Giancarlo Stanton is determined to end his disappointing season on a powerful note.
This must be what he has in mind.
''We've got a few weeks left so, keep it up,'' Stanton said. ''It really doesn't matter what I do to finish the season, I'll never get back how terrible I've been. But to turn it completely around is something I need to do, something I better do.''
Lucas Duda hit a three-run drive and Andrew Brown also went deep for the Mets, outhomered 13-0 by Washington in a four-game sweep that ended Thursday. Jonathon Niese (7-7) struck out seven and walked none over 6 1-3 innings.
Miami began an 11-game swing that marks its final road trip of the season. The Marlins have lost six of seven and 28 of 39 overall.
Making his first major league start of the year, Brad Hand (0-1) gave up the go-ahead homer to Duda in the sixth and fell to 1-10 in 17 career outings.
''I thought he did a great job. He really just made that one bad pitch to Duda,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. ''I thought he moved the ball around well, threw strikes and commanded the strike zone real well. I thought it was a great effort.''
With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the sixth before a quiet crowd of 20,562, Eric Young Jr. hit a leadoff double on an 0-2 pitch. Two outs later, Hand worked carefully to Brown and issued a walk.
On a 2-2 count, Duda pulled a hanging breaking ball to right field. Stanton raced back but the drive cleared the shortened fence and landed on the netting that protects a small section of fans underneath.
''I didn't think it was going to go that far. I thought I had a chance at it,'' Stanton said.
It was Duda's 13th home run in the majors this season - the previous 11 were solo shots. He was recalled from the minors Aug. 24 and has been filling in at first base for the injured Ike Davis.
''That's the matchup we wanted: lefty-lefty. Just need to make a good pitch and get out of that,'' Hand said. ''I left a pitch up to him.''
Stanton hit his 22nd home run on an 0-2 pitch leading off the seventh. That cut it to 4-3 and gave the slugger nine career multihomer games, three this season.
LaTroy Hawkins got three straight outs for his ninth save, ending a quick game that took 2 hours, 30 minutes. He struck out Stanton with a 92 mph fastball and retired Justin Ruggiano on a long fly to the warning track in right-center.
Ruggiano initially thought he got enough for a tying homer.
''Yeah, I think if I hit the same ball in BP I think that one might go a little bit,'' he said. ''I probably hit it a little too high for this park with that wind. Gave it a go, though.''
New York won for the third time in 12 September games and upped its mark to 6-10 this season against the Marlins, who have the worst record in the NL at 54-92.
Both cleanup batters homered leading off the second.
Stanton hit a screaming rocket deep into the left-center seats. Brown responded with a long drive into the second deck in left, New York's first home run since Justin Turner connected Sunday in Cleveland.
Consecutive doubles by Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano put the Marlins ahead in the fifth. Miami could have scored more, but Hand bunted into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners.
NOTES: Redmond did not sound optimistic that RHP Nathan Eovaldi would be able to start Monday night in Philadelphia. Eovaldi was scratched from Thursday's outing against Atlanta with a stiff back. Redmond said RHP Sam Dyson could start Monday instead. ... Redmond said Jeff Mathis' thumb was feeling a lot better, and the catcher might be able to take batting practice in the indoor cage Saturday. ... Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka turned 33. Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA) is slated to start against RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) in the opener of Saturday's traditional doubleheader, scheduled to make up a June 7 rainout. Carlos Torres faces Miami RHP Jacob Turner in the nightcap.