Mets beat Marlins on disputed hit by pitch

New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) celebrates after being hit by a pitch and scoring the winning run on loaded bases during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Miami Marlins. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK — Jeff McNeil launched a tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on his 29th birthday and the New York Mets were handed the winning run on a disputed hit by pitch for a bizarre 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins in their home opener Thursday.