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Mets suffer ugly series-opening loss to Marlins

MIAMI — The Mets’ tour in opposition to horrible groups by no means was going to provide all victories, however their begin to this stretch of the schedule is actually unsettling. 

A roller-coaster week took one other dip Friday night time, when the Mets have been torpid throughout in a 6-3 loss to the Marlins at loanDepot park. 

The loss was the Mets’ fourth of their final six video games in opposition to sub-.500 groups, which included a sequence defeat to the woeful Nationals final weekend. On this night time, an anemic Marlins lineup regarded simply superb in opposition to David Peterson and the Mets bullpen, delivering the knockout punch with Charles Leblanc’s two-run homer within the eighth inning in opposition to Joely Rodriguez. 

The Mets started the day with a half-game NL East lead on the Braves, who have been taking part in later at Seattle. 

“It’s that point of the yr — a variety of us have hit the wall,” Francisco Lindor mentioned. “We have now bought to seek out methods to interrupt by way of the wall and get by way of it collectively. That’s what good groups do and I’m positive we’re going to do it.” 

David Peterson reacts within the dugout after being pulled from the sport.
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Supervisor Buck Showalter was so determined to get work for Edwin Diaz — the workforce’s lackluster play, sandwiched round a doubleheader romp over the Pirates, had stored him idle for every week — that he summoned the All-Star nearer within the eighth inning with the Mets behind by three runs. 

Offensively, the Mets have been stale, receiving most of their output on a Pete Alonso house run. Total, the Mets positioned solely three runners in scoring place. 

The Mets didn’t awaken till within the sixth inning, when Alonso’s two-run homer sliced the Marlins’ result in 4-3. Alonso smashed a dangling breaking ball from Edward Cabrera, clearing the left-field fence for his thirty third homer this season. It was simply Alonso’s second homer this month — he entered play with a subpar .646 OPS in September. Brandon Nimmo’s leadoff stroll began the rally. 

Pete Alonso hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
Pete Alonso hits a two-run house run within the sixth inning.
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However a key alternative was wasted within the seventh, when Lindor hit into an inning-ending double play in opposition to lefty Steven Okert with the bases loaded. 

“An enormous second for either side, most likely the turning level of the sport proper there,” Lindor mentioned. “He executed; I didn’t come by way of, so that’s on me.” 

Within the eighth, the lefty Rodriguez (who had been unavailable earlier within the week due to neck stiffness) allowed a single to Nick Fortes earlier than Leblanc homered. Rodriguez proceeded to stroll the subsequent two batters earlier than he was eliminated. 

Showalter mentioned he used Rodriguez as a result of he wished to avoid Seth Lugo and Adam Ottavino and initially deliberate to save lots of Diaz for the ninth. 

David Peterson is pulled in the fourth inning.
David Peterson is pulled within the fourth inning.
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“We knew we wished to get [Rodriguez] on the market,” Showalter mentioned. “We have been hoping that Joely may get a few outs, he has been pitching nicely for us and wasn’t in a position to. Happily, Edwin didn’t should throw a variety of pitches.” 

Peterson, who obtained the beginning in Max Scherzer’s spot (the right-hander was positioned on the injured record Wednesday with a left indirect irritation), lasted simply 3 ²/₃ innings and allowed three earned runs on 5 hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. 

The lefty was eliminated within the fourth after he walked No. 9 hitter Bryan De La Cruz. Earlier within the inning, Miguel Rojas delivered an RBI double that prolonged the Marlins’ result in 3-1. 

Charles Leblanc htis a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Charles Leblanc htis a two-run homer within the eighth inning.
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“I simply wasn’t environment friendly sufficient to get deep in that sport,” Peterson mentioned. 

Garrett Cooper’s two-run homer within the first inning accounted for the Marlins’ different scoring in opposition to Peterson. Brian Anderson walked within the inning earlier than Cooper cleared the center-field fence. The homer was the primary allowed by Peterson over his final 5 appearances, courting to July 27 in opposition to the Yankees. 

Tommy Hunter changed Peterson and allowed an RBI double to Nick Fortes within the fifth that sunk the Mets right into a 4-1 gap. Cooper’s double — his third hit of the sport — stoked the rally. 

“If we have been doing this early within the yr, individuals would have panicked,” Lindor mentioned, referring to the workforce’s latest play. “If we’d have accomplished it in the course of the yr, individuals would have panicked. If we do it on the finish of the yr individuals nonetheless panic. We have now bought to seek out methods to win.” 

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