Newly obtained Alex Jackson hit his first career home run, Nick Neidert earned his first big league victory and the Miami Marlins defeated the NL East-leading New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday night.
Isan Díaz also homered, Bryan De La Cruz had three hits and Lewis Brinson had two hits and scored twice for the last-place Marlins, who have won the first two of the four-game series.
Home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater ejected New York manager Luis Rojas before the bottom of the seventh. The Mets have lost five of six and are 8-11 since the All-Star break.
The Mets were limited to five hits by Neidert (1-1) and four relievers.
Neidert permitted three runs and three hits, struck out five, walked four and hit a batter in 5 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old righty was in his 11th match in the majors.
Jackson’s homer put Miami ahead 1-0 in the second. Acquired from the Atlanta Braves on Friday at the trade deadline, Jackson drove a pitch from Taijuan Walker (7-6) over the center field wall.
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The Marlins increased their lead in the third on Díaz’s solo homer and De La Cruz’s two-run single.
The Mets got to within 4-3 in the sixth on Dominic Smith’s second sacrifice fly and J.D. Davis’ run-scoring double that chased Neidert.
The Marlins padded their lead on Jorge Alfaro’s RBI double in the eighth.
Anthony Bender relieved Neidert and got the last out in the sixth while David Hess and Richard Bleier combined to retire six straight.
Dylan Floro allowed James McCann’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth before retiring pinch-hitter Brandon Dury on a grounder for his fourth save.
Walker (7-6) lasted 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed four runs, eight hits, struck out four and walked two.
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