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Terry Collins weighs in on ill-fated relief decisions

MIAMI -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he had left-hander Eric O'Flaherty remain in the game to face Martin Prado with two outs in the bottom of the 11th and a runner on first base for a pair of reasons. For one thing, the available relief corps was getting a little light with O'Flaherty already the sixth reliever used in the game. And, secondly, lefty-hitting Justin Bour was on deck.

O'Flaherty never got to Bour.

Prado delivered a walk-off RBI double that plated Christian Yelich from first base, and the Miami Marlins produced a 6-5 win in 11 innings in the series opener at Marlins Park. It was Prado's career-high fifth hit of the game. He became the first major leaguer with five hits, including a walk-off hit, since Corey Patterson in 2011 with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

"You just don't want him to get something good to hit because you've got Bour on deck," Collins said. "You're starting to get a little thin down in the pen. So you think, 'Hey, at least let him face Bour with the slider.' That's who we were trying to get to."

Earlier, the Mets had taken a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh when Collins inserted left-hander Sean Gilmartin to begin the frame in relief of Jacob deGrom. Collins said he selected Gilmartin over recently acquired Addison Reed because the first two batters for the Marlins in that frame, the lefty-hitting Dee Gordon and Yelich, both are susceptible to "soft stuff."

"So I thought I'd start him," Collins said about Gilmartin. "And if we got to Prado, then have Reed ready."

Gordon and Yelich both singled against Gilmartin. Reed entered at that point and ultimately allowed both inherited baserunners to score.