Wei-Yin Chen gets 1st hit after 0-for-51 start

New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Friday, April 7, 2017, in New York. The Major League Odds for the game have the Mets favored to pick up a win in the first Sunday night game of the season. But what he and the Marlins really wanted to talk about was his first career hit - an infield single to short in the fourth inning.

NEW YORK (AP) - Miami Marlins pitcher Wei-Yin Chen got his first major league hit after an 0-for-51 start at the plate.

The Miami Marlins (3-3) fell short in pursuit of a series sweep against the New York Mets Sunday night.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom, who allowed two hits in six shutout innings against the Braves on Wednesday, starts at Philadelphia on Monday in the Mets' road opener.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was hitless in three at-bats against Syndergaard, dropping to 0 for 11 against him.

After the game, Mets captain David Wright put the team's new star of the game crown on Syndergaard's head. "I'm going to tone it down a little bit for the BP, though". Collins said Syndergaard is pitching with no restrictions and would like for him to go deep into the game to alleviate the workload on a bullpen that has been taxed this week.

Volquez was pulled after the sixth and recorded the loss after allowing a total of five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits while striking out seven.

"Yeah, it's possible", Conforto said when asked if the home run might give Collins second thoughts about not putting his name in the starting lineup. This was truly one of the best pitchers in baseball at the top of his game. "These last two days obviously haven't been great days for a lot of us, but you just keep pushing forward". He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 29 strikeouts over 20 innings in three career starts against Miami. "[Syndergaard] handcuffed our guys". Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

"His finger is fine", the manager said. "My a year ago with the Cubs, I thought I still was throwing pretty good, but they started hitting the ball". Adam Conley threw 5 innings of 1-hit, 1-run baseball with 6 strikeouts for his first win of the season. Volquez later gave up solo homers to Bruce and Michael Conforto, who was making his first start this season. Both runners scored one out later when Gordon doubled down the third base line.

The Mets' offense got started early against Volquez, scoring three runs in the first inning-albeit with some help.

"Unless he brings it up, I'm not looking for it, " Collins said. They collectively had walked 15 and struck out 22 before getting one scoreless inning each from Fernando Salas and Addison Reed on Sunday night.

Ozuna is the only Marlins player to hit safely in all five games this season, but the home run was his first extra-base hit.

Bruce later added a solo homer in the fifth inning to extend the Mets lead to 4-2. "I think Jim Kaat said you'll rust out before you wear out, so it's probably true".

  • Julie Sanders