Mur­phy’s three-run homer in ninth lifts NY Mets over Miami Mar­lins with 3-1 win

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Daniel Mur­phy hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth in­ning as the New York Mets ended the Miami Mar­lins’ five-game win­ning streak with a 3-1 come­back victory Mon­day.

The Mar­lins grabbed the lead in the eighth with three con­sec­u­tive two-out sin­gles, break­ing up Dil­lon Gee’s shutout bid in a game that took only 1 hour, 58 min­utes.

It was the fastest nine-in­ning game in the ma­jors since the Padres and Astros also fin­ished in 1:58 on June 27, 2012, ac­cord­ing to STATS.

Jarred Cosart matched Gee by al­low­ing just two hits in eight score­less innings. But the Mets ral­lied against closer Steve Cishek (0-1).

The Mets (15-5) won with five hits. They have the best record in the ma­jors and im­proved to 5-0 against Miami.

Mur­phy also made an ac­ro­batic de­fen­sive play at sec­ond base in the ninth. Jeurys Familiar earned his ma­jor league­lead­ing ninth save in as many chances.

Yan­kees slug­ger Brian McCann hit a tiebreak­ing home run and Adam War­ren pitched ef­fec­tively into the sixth in­ning as New York ended Tampa Bay’s five-game win­ning streak with a 4-1 victory.

Alex Ro­driguez went hit­less in three at­bats, fail­ing to tie Wil­lie Mays for fourth place on the ca­reer homer list at 660. But the Yan­kees won their fourth straight over Tampa Bay, mov­ing atop the AL East alone for the first time this year. New York swept a three-game se­ries at Trop­i­cana Field from April 17-19.

In St. Louis, Cole Hamels won for the first time in seven starts dat­ing to last Septem­ber, and Ben Re­vere’s two-run dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning was the goa­head hit for the Philadel­phia Phillies’ 4-1 win over the Car­di­nals.

Hamels (1-2) and John Lackey

(1-1) both went seven innings. Hamels had a sea­son-best nine strike­outs and al­lowed just four hits, while the Phillies put only two run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion be­fore their three-run sev­enth.

The Kansas City Roy­als downed the Cleve­land In­di­ans 6-2 af­ter Alex Gor­don and Mike Mous­takas kept AL Cy Young pitch­ing award win­ner Corey Klu­ber win­less this sea­son.

Klu­ber (0-3) gave up six runs, four of them earned, and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings. Af­ter go­ing 18-9 last year, he hasn’t won in five starts and has a 4.24 ERA.

In other games, Mookie Betts

hit a game-end­ing RBI sin­gle to lift the Bos­ton Red Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, the At­lanta Braves downed the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 8-4, the Chicago Cubs blanked the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 4-0 and the Cincin­nati Reds de­feated the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers 9-6.

The Seat­tle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a rain-de­layed se­ries opener, the Detroit Tigers edged the Min­nesota Twins 5-4, the Colorado Rock­ies sneaked past the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 5-4, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers downed the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 8-3 and the Hous­ton Astros were 9-4 win­ners over the San Diego Padres.


Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs’ Yas­many To­mas, right, scores on a ground-out by team­mate Tuffy Gosewisch as Colorado Rock­ies catcher Michael McKenry waits for the throw dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in Phoenix on Mon­day.

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