By STEVEN WINE  AP Sports Writer

 

MIAMI (AP) _ Jay Bruce had a pair of RBI hits and scored twice, and the New York Mets took the rubber game of their series against the Miami Marlins, winning 6-3 Thursday to finish 5-5 on a road trip that started badly.

T.J. Rivera had three hits and two RBIs, while Curtis Granderson scored twice and drove in a run.

Seth Lugo (3-1), making his fourth start of the year, allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings. Addison Reed, New York’s fourth pitcher, pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to earn his 12th save.

The Mets overtook Miami for third place in the NL East. They’ve outscored opponents 41-17 winning five of their past six games.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 21st homer for the Marlins. They’ve scored only 21 runs in their past eight games.

Jose Urena (6-3) gave up five runs, three earned, in six innings. He retired his final 11 batters but still lost for the first time in his past six decisions.

The Mets scored in the first inning for the seventh time in their past eight games. Granderson led off with a double, Bruce hit an RBI single and Rivera doubled home a run.

A bad throw by rookie shortstop J.T. Riddle helped the Mets score three runs, two unearned, in the third. Bruce’s bloop double scored one run, and another came home on Rivera’s RBI single.

Riddle made amends with a nifty unassisted double play in the eighth.

The Marlins bunched three consecutive two-out singles and scored twice in the sixth. The rally might have been even bigger, but Dee Gordon was thrown out trying to steal early in the inning, a questionable move with his team down four runs.

CLOSE CALL

Stanton was unhurt taking a nasty spill when he crossed home plate scoring from second on Martin Prado’s single. Catcher Rene Rivera was shaken up but stayed in the game.

STILL RUNNING

Marlins 43-year-old Ichiro Suzuki started in left field for the third time this season and made a sliding catch in foul territory after a long run chasing Jose Reyes’ popup.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (biceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session, and barring a setback he’ll be activated to start Saturday against the Phillies. … OF Michael Conforto (bruised left wrist) missed his third game in a row and said he still feels discomfort swinging a bat. … 1B Lucas Duda (flu) was held out of the starting lineup and struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-3, 3.71) is scheduled to start Friday when the Mets open a three-game homestand against the Phillies and RHP Ben Lively (1-2, 3.90). In his past three starts, deGrom is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.72.

Marlins: RHP Edinson Volquez (4-8, 4.15) is scheduled to start Friday when the Marlins begin an 11-game trip at Milwaukee against RHP Matt Garza (3-4, 4.43). Volquez has a 5.23 ERA in four starts since he threw a no-hitter against Arizona.
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