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Mets hold off Marlins' 6-run rally in 9th, win 8-6 for 6th straight victory

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MIAMI — The New York Mets made their latest win look easy. Until the ninth inning, that is.

Closer finally got the last out and the NL East leaders halted Miami's furious six-run rally in the ninth, holding off the Marlins 8-6 Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Ahead 8-0 going into the last inning, the Mets watched the Marlins actually bring the potential winning run to the plate. Familia retired on a sharp grounder with two on to end it.

Mets manager said he really started to worry after a two-out walk to eighth-place hitter .

"We have to make them swing the bat," Collins said. "You can't walk anybody with that type of lead. When you walk that guy, they are going to get to the top of the order and then we've got problems."

hit a three-run homer and drove in three runs, giving (10-7) a huge lead. Harvey pitched seven dominant innings, giving up two hits and striking out six without a walk.

"Run support helps," Harvey said. "With a seven-run lead, it was my job to pound the zone."

Mets relievers Eric O'Flaherty, acquired Tuesday from Oakland, and Familia all struggled in the ninth.

Familia gave up two hits, but got Yelich for his 29th save in 34 chances. Yelich made two outs in the last inning.

(4-8) went 4 1-3 innings as Miami lost its third in a row.

The Marlins had managed just three hits until their late surge.

hit an RBI double and scored on 's single off O'Flaherty. Robles walked Mathis and pinch-hitter then sliced a three-run double that made it 8-5.

greeted Familia with an RBI single and , who led off the inning with a single, followed with an infield hit. Yelich then grounded out to Duda at first base.

"To be down 8-0, it would have been easy to cash it in right there and just finish the game and get it over," Marlins manager said. "These guys showed heart and didn't quit and battled back to bring the winning run to the plate in the ninth."

Miami has lost 10 of 12 and Phelps has dropped five straight decisions.

"It's frustrating. Every bad pitch I made they hit hard," Phelps said.

Uribe, acquired recently from Atlanta, homered in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.

, another Mets newcomer, hit an RBI single and Duda delivered a two-run double that made it 3-0 in the third.

The Mets now lead the NL East by two games over slumping Washington.

"The additions have made a big difference, not just hitting the ball, but also having veterans this time of year," Collins said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: OF , on the 15-Day DL since July 22 with left knee inflammation, might return in the upcoming series at Tampa Bay. "He will play when I think he should play," Collins said. "I really don't have anything more to say except that we have a DH in Tampa Bay. He might DH one game there."

UP NEXT

Mets: Start a three-game series against the Rays on Friday. (10-6. 2.09 ERA) is 7-2 with a 1.47 ERA over his last 13 starts. RHP (6-6, 2.86 ERA) starts for the Rays.

Marlins: Begin a four-game road trip Thursday against Atlanta. RHP (1-5, 4.37 ERA) will start against Braves RHP (5-2, 4.44). Urena has lost three of his last four starts.

PHOTO: New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) is congratulated by teammates, including shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (28), after the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 8-6 in a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) is congratulated by teammates, including shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (28), after the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 8-6 in a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

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PHOTO: New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) is congratulated by teammates, including shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (28), after the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 8-6 in a baseball game in Miami, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)
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