MIAMI (AP) — Pete Alonso hit a go-ahead double, Tylor Megill struck out seven over five innings and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Saturday.
Megill (1-0) started in place of Justin Verlander, who went on the injured list with a strained upper back muscle hours before New York’s 5-3 win on opening day.
Verlander’s injury, which the Mets believe is minor, sidelined the three-time AL Cy Young Award winner before his first appearance with the team. He signed an $86.7 million, two-year contract in December after winning the 2022 World Series with Houston.
Megill, the Mets’ opening-day starter last year while subbing for injured ace Jacob deGrom, was recalled from the minors Friday to fill in again and allowed six hits, two runs, and two walks.
The game was tied 2-all when Jeff McNeil led off the fifth with a double against Andrew Nardi (0-1). On the play, third baseman Jean Segura and shortstop Joey Wendle collided in left field trying to secure the ball. Alonso’s ensuing double made it 3-2.
Alonso then scored on a single by Mark Canha to double New York’s lead.
Canha was 3 for 4, including a homer off reliever Braxton Garrett in the seventh that made it 5-2.
The Mets jumped ahead 1-0 in the second on a sacrifice fly by Omar Narvaez that scored Canha, who doubled leading off the inning.
Miami catcher Nick Fortes hit a two-run homer in the bottom half off Megill to make it 2-1. It was the 14th home run of Fortes’ career and Miami’s fourth homer in three games this series.
Narvaez, batting ninth, tied it 2-all with an RBI single in the fourth that drove in Canha, who drew the fifth walk from Marlins starter Edward Cabrera.
Cabrera walked six in all, a career high. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out two and allowed two hits.
Miami threatened in the eighth on Segura’s first hit with the Marlins and Fortes’ two-out single. But reliever Adam Ottavino struck out Wendle to end the inning. Miami was hitless with runners in scoring position.
Starling Marte, pinch-hitting in the ninth, drove in another run off Garrett with a ground-rule double.