NEW YORK (AP) — Tylor Megill pitched six shutout innings, Starling Marte and Francisco Lindor hit their first home runs of the season, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Friday in their home opener.
Miami starter Edward Cabrera (0-1) walked a career-high seven in 2 2/3 innings and was pulled without giving up a hit. New York took advantage of 12 free passes from six Marlins pitchers — four drawn by leadoff batter Brandon Nimmo.
Pete Alonso also homered and drove in two runs for the Mets, who have won four straight home openers and eight of their last nine. They improved to 4-1 against Miami this season and rebounded from a three-game sweep in Milwaukee that completed a 3-4 road trip to start the season.
In a game postponed a day because of a rainy weather forecast, Megill (2-0) filled in for injured ace Justin Verlander again and beat the Marlins for the second time in a week. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out three, shaking off a line drive that struck his right foot in the fourth.
Dennis Santana gave up a three-run homer to Garrett Cooper that trimmed it to 6-3 in the eighth.
Alonso had an RBI single in the fourth and Marte made it 4-0 with a solo homer in the sixth. New York added two runs without a hit in the seventh, and Lindor launched a two-run homer in the eighth.
Alonso followed with his third home run in two games and fourth of the season, giving the Mets back-to-back long balls for the first time this year. It was Alonso’s 150th career home run, breaking a tie with Carlos Beltran for sixth place in club history.
Marlins: CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. was back in the lineup after leaving Wednesday’s win over Minnesota in the first inning with a stinger in his right shoulder after he was caught stealing second. … LHP Steven Okert (left adductor strain) is scheduled to pitch one inning Saturday on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Jacksonville. … RHP Sixto Sánchez (shoulder), who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2020, was set to throw live batting practice for the second time at the team’s complex in Jupiter, Florida.
Mets: Placed catcher Omar Narváez on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 6, with a strained left calf and recalled catcher Francisco Álvarez from Triple-A Syracuse.
Rookie RHP Kodai Senga (1-0, 1.69 ERA) makes his home debut Saturday for the Mets against Marlins LHP Trevor Rogers (0-1, 6.23). Senga beat Rogers 5-1 Sunday in Miami, striking out eight over 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut.
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