NEW YORK – Jerar Encarnación made a spectacular major league debut with a go-ahead, seventh-inning grand slam for his first hit and also threw out a runner at third base from right field, lifting the Miami Marlins over the New York Mets 6-2.
A 24-year-old who started with the Marlins in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, Encarnación 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.
Winning pitcher Sandy Alcantara allowed six hits in eight innings. He also struck out eight batters and walked one to earn his seventh win on the season.
Alcantara now holds a 7-2 record for Miami to go with a 1.72 ERA and 0.96 WHIP .