NEW YORK -- Dee Gordon's 16-pitch at bat. Martin Prado's pinch-hit sacrifice fly. Derek Dietrich's two-out RBI single. The bullpen's four scoreless innings.
Add it all up, and the Marlins played arguably their most complete game in recent memory when they squeaked out a close win over the Mets on Tuesday.
"That game doesn't get won last year," Giancarlo Stanton said. "I feel like there was a lot of games last year where we just waited to lose rather than try to win. Something went wrong."
That wasn't the case Tuesday.
On a bitter cold night at Citi Field, a night when the Mets' Noah Syndergaard was dealing, the Marlins somehow prevailed in a 2-1 victory. It wasn't one Marlins player who made the difference. It was darn near every one of the 16 whose name showed up in the box score.
Take Jose Fernandez. His first two innings were a struggle. He gave up a run in the first and had totaled 51 pitches in the first two innings. But he worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second and retired the final 10 batters he faced -- striking out the last four -- to keep the Marlins in the game.
"It was hard to get a grip on the ball," Fernandez said of the frigid conditions. ""I was trying to make a good pitch and trying to keep the boys in the game. The weather was rough, but you've got to battle."
Here are some of the other highlights:
-- After Justin Bour kept the fourth inning alive by beating the shift, grounding a single through the vacated left side of the infield, Dietrich singled off Syndergaard to drive in the Marlins' first run and tie the score.
-- In the eighth, when Jim Henderson took over for Syndergaard, Gordon worked a Marlins record 16-pitch at bat in which he ended it with a leadoff single. Gordon stole second. One out later, Henderson walked Christian Yelich and Stanton, loading the bases.
-- Prado, who didn't start Tuesday, was "running and jumping up and down" in the clubhouse, trying to get warm. Prado knew he would go in to pinch-hit for Bour if the Mets brought in a lefty, which they did when Terry Collins called on Jerry Blevins. Prado lofted a fly ball to right that was deep enough to score Gordon from third with the go-ahead run.
-- David Phelps came out of the bullpen for the Marlins and delivered two scoreless innings.
-- A.J. Ramos closed out the victory in the ninth.
"It wasn't one through nine," Stanton said of the individual contributions. "It was one through 15 or 16. That's huge. That's what it's going to need to be."