NEW YORK — The Marlins and Mets had the right men to bring the heat on a chilly night at Citi Field.
Former Alonso High standout Jose Fernandez and Noah Syndergaard pushed the radar gun close to triple digits. But while the matchup of uber-arm 23-year-olds was entertaining, it ended up being a warmup act Tuesday.
Some later one-on-one battles proved more important to the Marlins' 2-1 series-clinching win.
Dee Gordon fouled off 11 straight 2-and-2 pitches before blooping a single to left in the eighth on the 16th pitch from reliever Jim Henderson. The Marlins' leadoff hitter scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Martin Prado.
Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton followed Gordon by coaxing walks after extended battles with Henderson, who left the bases loaded with one out after throwing 34 pitches. That set the stage for Prado to give Miami its first lead on a fly to center against Jerry Blevins.
Gordon's at-bat was the longest ever by a Marlins batter, one pitch more than the mark shared by Gregg Zaun (against Pedro Astacio, 1998) and Mike Lowell (Glendon Rusch, 2001).
Gordon struck out in all three at-bats against Syndergaard.