Travis d'Arnaud's HR in 16th leads Mets to marathon win

After catching 15 innings, d'Arnaud and his newly altered swing lasered the eventual game-winning solo shot in the top of the 16th, bringing him a double shy of the cycle.

If you're wondering how long the series opener between the Mets and the Marlins went on Thursday (and Friday morning), the Mets resorted to using catcher Rene Rivera at first base and pitcher Jacob deGrom as a pinch-hitter and we were oh, so close to seeing Rivera pitch while pitcher Zack Wheeler manned first base. The New York Mets and Washington Nationals will be fighting it out for the Division Title, Miami and Philadelphia will be competitive into June or July, and Atlanta is once again going through a rebuilding process.

D'Arnaud went 4-for-6 with four RBIs and is hitting.333.

Volquez (0-1, 3.27 ERA) will go up against Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who throws more pitches between 95 and 100 miles per hour than anybody else in the game - and it is not even close. He homered on the second pitch by Adam Conley, who had been scheduled to start on Friday but was used when Miami ran out of relievers.

The Mets have chose to keep the 24-year-old Conforto as a fourth outfielder, rather than send him to the minors so he can play every day.

Gsellman: The right-hander lasted 5 2/3 innings in his second start and now has a 9.28 ERA.

Last week, he beat the Marlins 5-2.

Hansel Robles (2-0), pitching in his fourth straight game, earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief. The challenge will be to show the 2016 comparisons can cease come Sunday though, seeing as how that was the only series the Marlins won against them. He is averaging 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 5.41 K's-to-walks ratio.

With the Mets trailing 8-7 in the seventh, Cespedes was ruled safe trying to score standing up from second on a two-out single by Jay Bruce.

Travis d'Arnaud led off the 16th inning with a home run, giving him a career-high four hits, and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 9-8 for their fifth consecutive victory.

Robert Gsellman gave up a first-inning grand slam to Marcell Ozuna, but the Mets battled back to score four in the second inning, thanks in part to d'Arnaud and his three-run triple. Yoenis Cespedes homered twice, and Wilmer Flores hit one. It continued a monster week for Cespedes, who hit three homers against the Phillies on Tuesday before delivering an RBI double in the Mets' victory the following night.

Zimmermann (1-1) allowed five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking a career-high five.

This rather hot stretch of 2017 from Cespedes should remind Mets fans of the spark plug performance that the Cuban slugger gave in 2015, following his trade to NY from the Detroit Tigers. Marlins relievers retired 13 consecutive batters before the homer.

After loading the bases with two walks and an infield single in the first, the Marlins got four quick runs on Ozuna's two-out grand slam down the left field line.

Robles took the mound for the fourth day in a row. Gsellman exited the game after loading the bases, forcing a run in on a walk to Christian Yelich and giving up another run on a sacrifice fly by Stanton.

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