Marlins win with Encarnación grand slam and Encarnación pitching

Jerar Encarnación made a spectacular Major League debut as he hit the go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, his first hit in the majors, and threw out a runner at second base from right field, giving the Marlins of Miami a 6-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Encarnación, a 24-year-old player who started with the Marlins in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, became the first player since at least 1901 with a grand slam and an outfield assist in his debut. He also stole a base in the ninth inning.

The Dominican began this season in Double A category, was promoted to Triple A on May 17 and was called up to the major leagues on Friday after hitting 13 home runs in the minors this year.

Wearing the old-fashioned number 64, Encarnacion struck out and grounded out in his first two at-bats, then went to the plate as the Marlins and starter Sandy Alcantara (7-2) trailed 1-0 in the seventh episode.

Encarnación also showed off an impressive arm when he threw out Tomás Nido in the third inning when the Puerto Rican tried to turn a single into a double after a drive off the right-field wall.

For the Marlins, the Dominicans Encarnación 4-1 with a pair of runs scored and four RBIs, Bryan De La Cruz 3-1 with runs scored, and Lewin Díaz 4-0. The Venezuelans Avisaíl García 4-0 and Miguel Rojas 4-2 with a run scored.

For the Mets, the Dominicans Starling Marte 4-1 with a run scored. The Puerto Ricans Nido 3-1, and Francisco Lindor 4-1 with an RBI. Venezuelans Eduardo Escobar 4-0, and Luis Guillorme 3-1 with an RBI.

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