MIAMI — The New York Mets made their latest win look easy. Until the ninth inning, that is.
Ahead 8-0 going into the last inning, the Mets watched the Marlins actually bring the potential winning run to the plate. Familia retired Christian Yelich on a sharp grounder with two on to end it.
"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."
Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and Lucas Duda drove in three runs, giving Matt Harvey (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, Hansel Robles 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.
David Phelps (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.
"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 Dan Jennings 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.
Yoenis Cespedes, 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.
Mets: OF Michael Cuddyer, 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."