Schumaker gets 1st win, Marlins beat Mets 2-1 behind Chisholm

After Skip Schumaker got his first win as a major league manager, Miami Marlins players loaded him onto a cart, wheeled him into the clubhouse shower area, and doused him with whatever fluids were on hand to celebrate.

“They thought of some kind of beer shower,” Schumaker said after changing out of his sodden clothes, “protein shake in my ear and whatever else they put on my head.”

Behind five scoreless innings by Jesus Luzardo and home runs by Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jorge Soler, the Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 2-1 on Friday.

Schumaker, an 11-year major league veteran, got his first managing job last October when he was hired to replace Don Mattingly. The 43-year-old spent last season as St. Louis’ bench coach.

“I know it’s on my record, but they won that game,” Schumaker said. “Players win games, and I’m glad to be a part of that.”

Luzardo (1-0) struck out five and allowed two hits while walking four in his first start this season. The 25-year-old lefty had a 3.32 ERA with a 30% strikeout rate in 100 1/3 innings last season.

“The next step is to be consistent,” Luzardo said. “I feel like towards the end of last year I was able to do that. Just go out there and no matter who we’re up against, no matter the situation, I feel like he has to be 100% on the attack.”

Soler, in his first game in right field for the Marlins, made a wall jumper on Pete Alonso’s hard fly ball to right-center field in the second. He followed with a leadoff shot in the bottom half from David Peterson (0-1).

“It was a great play in the outfield and I brought that feeling back to the plate,” said Soler, the designated hitter in Game 1. “The pitcher was throwing fastballs and I had to be aggressive. If he threw one down the middle, he was going to go for it.”

Soler also ran for a diving catch that robbed Starling Marte of the final out in the eighth. That stranded Daniel Vogelbach, who pinch hit and doubled Dylan Floro.

Chisholm doubled the lead with a home run in the eighth inning off John Curtiss, who was making his Mets debut. That turned out to be key when Alonso homered in the ninth off AJ Puk for his first hit this season.

Puk then struck out Mark Canha and got Jeff McNeil to ground out a save, ending a game that lasted 2 hours and 9 minutes.

New York, which had won Game 1 Thursday, loaded the bases in the sixth inning after Brandon Nimmo walked and took third on a single by Marte, who then stole second, Francisco Lindor walked for balls and reliever JT Chargois retired Alonso with a lineout to Chisholm in center field. .

Marte had two of New York’s four hits. Peterson allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked one in five innings.

“I like the fact that he only walked one,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said."That’s probably why he was able to survive.".

Garrett Cooper hit two singles and had a triple in the first. Miami went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Miami’s Nick Fortes was called for a shot clock violation when he wasn’t ready in time to face Tommy Hunter with two outs in the sixth. Fortes swung and missed the next pitch, going down on an 0-2 count and then missed on a groundout.


Chisholm, known for his flashy celebrations, stepped up to the European plate for the first time this season after his home run. He had 14 home runs last season.


The Marlins debuted the teal uniforms they will wear on Fridays this season to commemorate the club’s 30th anniversary.


McNeil made a warning play in the fifth when Cooper’s two-out groundout deflected off Alonso’s glove. McNeil grabbed the ball with a plunge into the right-field grass, jumped up, and made a leaping shot home, where Tomás Nido tagged a sliding Jon Berti, who had tried to score from second.

“That was a sick play,” Alonso said. “I mean, the ball falls out of my glove. If that ball shoots out in the outfield, then that’s another run, so for him to have the instincts of baseball and pick up the ball and make that play, that’s great.”


Miami RHP Edward Cabrera will start Saturday against New York RHP Tylor Megill, who fills the spot that opened up when Justin Verlander was placed on the disabled list with an upper back strain.

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