Miami Marlins, New York Mets trade first-pitch HRs; first since at least 1985

Miguel Rojas hit a home run to score the Marlins' first run. Jonathan Villar, Mets' first-pitch pitcher, returns the favor in the bottom of the first. (0:26).
NEW YORK -- Jonathan Villar, the New York Mets' leadoff batter, and Miguel Rojas, Miami Marlins' leadoff batter, each homered on Thursday night's first pitch, which was the first time such a feat has been seen in a major league match since at least 1985 according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Elias statisticians couldn't go back further than that because the prior pitch-count records weren't exact.

Rojas launched his first pitch at Citi Field, a projected distance of 401 feet. He connected on a fastball from Carlos Carrasco, the Mets' starter. This was Rojas' eighth leadoff home run of the season.

Villar scored his 17th home run this season, hammering Sandy Alcantara's first pitch heater 431 feet above the seats in right-center. This was Villar's eighth leadoff shot in his career and the first of this season.

For their fourth consecutive victory, the Mets beat the Marlins by 4-3.

This report used information from The Associated Press.