Dad-to-be David Peterson leads Mets to victory over Marlins

NEW YORK — The bullpen phone was a secondary concern for Mets starter David Peterson on Monday compared to the one sitting in the trainer’s room.

His cell phone never buzzed, and he was okay with that. Peterson will worry about his wife’s delivery another day.

Peterson pitched in the sixth inning while his wife Alex expected to go into labor soon, and New York defeated the Miami Marlins 6-0 despite losing Jeff McNeil to injury.

Mets executive Buck Showalter joked Monday morning that New York was on “babywatch” with Peterson, McNeil and Seth Lugo all waiting for newborns. Lugo was placed on the paternity list before the competition.

Peterson was willing to leave the park if Alex gave birth to the couple’s first child, and the Mets had unforeseen circumstances if he couldn’t start. Peterson had hidden his phone in the trainer’s room, hoping someone would hear when he rang, but he was pretty sure he’d have time to pitch before his son arrived.

“Once I’m here, it’s all about the game,” he said. “When it rings, it rings.”

After being inconsistent with his mechanics this season, Peterson (4-1) was the best in his game, covering 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts in the season on 100 pitches. He gave up six basehits and two walks when the Mets won the four-game series by concluding their eleventh shutout this season, to tie the Yankees in the Major League lead.

McNeil took off in the fourth inning with a strained right hamstring after scoring on a wild pitch. He was sent for an MRI, but Showalter was hopeful it was just a daily matter.

New York JD Davis was hit on the left by a pitch in the eighth, the most important 50th Mets player in the Major League this season, crashed. Davis threw his bat in pain, but stayed in the game. Davis had offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left hand that afflicted him in 2021.

Davis was sent for X-rays, which were initially negative.

The Mets drank and dunked their way to a 4-0 lead against Trevor Rogers (3-6) with two sacrifice flies, Mark Canha’s basesloaded walk and McNeil’s rushing home.

“There were a lot of good baseball games today,” Showalter said.

Rogers was charged with three earned runs over five innings with seven strikeouts.

Canha’s RBI-free pass came in the first inning, when New York got the bases loaded on an error by third baseman Jon Berti.

The Mets produced two more runs in the fourth. Davis tapped and went home aggressively on Eduardo Escobar’s shallow swipe to the left, then McNeil went home on a wild pitch that jumped about 3 yards from catcher Jacob Stallings.

“I was very proud of the way we played baseball today,” Showalter said. “The opportunities we had capitalized on.”

McNeil had reached base with a hit to the squad — the lefthanded batter entered the game and hit .380 when teams stacked three infielders to the right of second base.

McNeil walked away uncomfortably after scoring and went straight to the clubhouse. He was replaced at second base by Luis Guillorme.

Pete Alonso added a sacrifice fly in the fifth that scored Brandon Nimmo, who had three hits.

Peterson gave up a single and a walk with one out in the sixth before being eliminated, and he walked away to a standing ovation. Adam Ottavino replaced Peterson with two in the sixth and got an inning-ending double play from Jerar Encarnación.

Miami left 10 runners on base and was 0 for 10 with men in scoring position.

“I often felt like we had guys, we thought something was up and it was going to end up with a doubles or just not being able to do anything with their man,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly.

Two of those 10 outs came from Encarnación, who hit a grand slam in his Major League-debut on Sunday.

Escobar skipped on a two-run single in the eighth.

PARTY BEAUTIFUL

Marlins midfielder Bryan De La Cruz got a round of applause and laughed in the fifth inning after three balloons fell from the seats and into the outfield. After he retrieved the third balloon, De La Cruz pretended to throw it back into the stands before throwing it under his arm.

TRAINERS ROOM

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (oblique) makes a rehabilitation start on Tuesday with Double-A Binghamton and could go back to New York on Sunday. … 1B/OF Dominic Smith was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse, ending his three-week stint in the minor leagues.

NEXT ONE

marlins: LHP Daniel Castano (0-1, 0.00 ERA) opens a three-game set against Colorado and RHP Ryan Feltner (1-2, 4.85) on Tuesday-evening.

Mets: RHP Trevor Williams (1-3, 3.53) is scheduled for the first of two games in Houston. He will face RHP José Urquidy (5-3, 4.99) on Tuesday evening.