Rookie Lee finally makes contact, Mets beat Marlins in 12th

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New York Mets’ Francisco Lindor runs past third base to score on a throwing error by Miami Marlins center fielder Magneuris Sierra during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 21, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Khalil Lee hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 12th inning for his first major league hit after strikeouts in his first eight at-bats — a major league record — and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 Friday.

Jake Hager’s leadoff single in the Mets 12th off Adam Cimber (0-1) advanced the automatic runner to third. After Lee’s hit, Johneshwy Fargas hit a two-run triple but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into an inside-the-park homer.

The Mets won despite totaling only eight hits against 10 Miami pitchers. The Miami bullpen retired 15 consecutive batters during one stretch.

The Marlins debuted uniforms with bright red pinstripe jerseys honoring the Cuban Sugar Kings, who won the Triple-A championship in 1959.

Miami’s Garrett Cooper tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh, his fourth. But he struck out against Trevor May with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

Drew Smith (1-0) stranded a runner at third in the 11th. Jacob Barnes got the game’s final out for his first save since 2018.

The Marlins went 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position. They fell to 4-9 in one-run games.

The Mets’ Marcus Stroman allowed two runs in six-plus innings and struck out eight, but he remained winless since April 18.

Stroman departed after giving up a leadoff walk in the seventh, and Cooper followed with his homer off Miguel Castro.

Francisco Lindor and Tomás Nido contributed RBI doubles for the Mets. Lindor drove home the first run in the first inning, and he scored from second on a flyout when center fielder Magneuris Sierra made an errant throw to third.

Nido’s RBI double came in the fourth, but he was thrown out by Sierra trying to score on a two-out single.

DeGROM UPDATE

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (right side tightness), who worked three hitless innings Thursday in a rehabilitation outing for the St. Lucie Mets, is scheduled to throw a side session Sunday and pitch in another game on Tuesday. It has yet to be determined whether that outing will be with the Mets or another rehab start, manager Luis Rojas said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: 2B José Peraza (bruised right calf) left the game in the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch. … INF Pete Alonso (sprained right hand) and RHP Tommy Hunter (lower back pain) went on the 10-day IL retroactive to Wednesday. An MRI was planned for Hunter.

Marlins: RHP Jordan Holloway (right groin) left the game after pitching a perfect second inning. … CF Starling Marte (broken rib) and C Jorge Alfaro (strained left hamstring) might return during the homestand, manager Don Mattingly said. … RHP Edward Cabrera (right biceps) is scheduled to throw a 20-pitch live bullpen session Saturday.

METS PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS

Beginning with the Mets’ next homestand that starts Monday, fans at Citi Field will no longer be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The team will open 21 sections to fully vaccinated fans that will not require social distancing, bringing capacity to 12,222.

ROSTER MOVES

Mets: RHP Yennsy Díaz was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, and INF Brandon Drury was selected from Syracuse. RHP Sam McWilliams reinstated from the minor league IL, and LHP Daniel Zamora was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Marlins RHP Pablo López (1-3, 3.12), who beat the Dodgers in his most recent start, is scheduled to take the mound Saturday. The Mets’ starter had not been announced.

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