The Miami Marlins are heating up as the temperatures warm up. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton gave the Marlins the win with a walk-off grand slam home run to defeat the New York Mets on Mother’s Day 8-4 after Heath Bell was shaky again in the top of the ninth inning.
It was an interesting Mother’s Day to say the least. The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Lucas Duda grounded out to score Kirk Nieuwenhuis then a Daniel Murphy RBI single scored David Wright who was at third base. The Mets would hold the lead for another few innings until the seventh came along.
In the bottom of the seventh the Mets replaced starting pitcher Jon Niese with Ramon Ramirez. Emilio Bonifacio tripled to start off the inning then catcher John Buck would deliver his fourth home run of the season to tie the game up. The Mets would strike back one more time though.
After replacing Ed Mujica in the top of the ninth, it was an opportunity for closer Heath Bell to regain some confidence in his pitching ability. However, it did the opposite. Bell would allow a double to Justin Turner who would plate home Murphy and Ronny Cedeno.
The Mets would lead 4-2 into the bottom of the ninth.
Frank Francisco would come to close out the game for the Mets but another Bonifacio triple and a Buck walk would only cause more trouble for the Mets. Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for Bell and Bonifacio scored to bring the game to one run. Then after a Reyes sac-fly from Reyes to plate pinch runner Brett Hayes, Stanton would deliver the game-winning grand slam.
A big win for the Marlins who have been fishing for wins and they finally got a big confidence boost. Hopefully they will right the shift.