MIAMI — The Mets just continue to roll. With a solid start from Noah Syndergaard, opportunistic hitting and a sturdy bullpen, the Mets defeated the host Miami Marlins on Monday, 4-2, for their sixth straight victory, improving to 8-1 on the season.
Twice before, the Mets have started 8-1: in 1985, when they did not reach the playoffs, and in 2006, when they reached the National League Championship Series. With one more victory, the 2018 Mets would have the best start in franchise history.
The Marlins, despite being maligned for another fire sale of top players this winter, put up a fight against Syndergaard, who battled his own command at times. He allowed two runs, only one earned, over six innings. He struck out five but walked two and hit a batter.
The Mets’ offense struck first. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a run with a single off Marlins starter Jose Ureña in the second inning. Kevin Plawecki tacked on a second run by hitting into a double play that allowed Asdrubal Cabrera to score.
Jay Bruce pushed the Mets’ lead to 3-0 when he singled to center field to score Amed Rosario in the third inning.