WHAT IT MEANS: Mike Pelfrey took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning, but his streak of failing to beat the Marlins nonetheless continued as the Mets' four-game winning streak ended.
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Pelfrey eventually was charged with four runs as Tim Byrdak inherited the bases loaded and allowed all three runs to score. Florida ultimately plated five runs in the frame.
Locked in a scoreless duel with Javier Vazquez, Pelfrey surrendered a leadoff double to ex-Met Mike Cameron in the seventh, then walked No. 8 hitter John Buck.
Vazquez followed by attempting a sacrifice bunt. David Wright fielded the ball, but Nick Evans had charged and Justin Turner was not at the bag either, leaving Wright unable to throw to first base for the first out.
With the bases loaded, Emilio Bonifacio delivered an RBI single that ended Pelfrey's night. Greg Dobbs added a run-scoring groundout and Logan Morrison a two-run single against Byrdak that were charged to Pelfrey as the Marlins took a 4-0 lead.
Since winning his first career start against the Marlins on July 8, 2006, Pelfrey is now 0-8 in 16 starts against Florida.
The 16 straight starts without a win is the longest against the Marlins of any pitcher in major league history. Hideo Nomo had a loss or no-decision in 12 straight starts against Florida from 1996 to 2002. Third on the list is Tomo Ohka, who had 11 straight winless starts against the Marlins from 2003 to ’05. Cole Hamels and Tom Glavine each went 10 straight starts against Florida without qualifying for a win.
Vazquez, meanwhile, retired 13 straight Mets at one point, until Josh Thole delivered a two-out single in the fifth. He limited the Mets to three hits over seven scoreless innings. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth, but Mike Dunn struck out Lucas Duda.
ON THE RUN: Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in his second game since returning from the disabled list. Upon returning from his first stint on the DL this summer, also for a left hamstring strain, Reyes had only one steal attempt in his first 12 games back.
Reyes also committed an eighth-inning fielding error Tuesday -- his second error in two games since returning.
BAY WATCH: Jason Bay went 0-for-4. He is hitless in his past 16 at-bats and his rut has reached 2-for-his-last-45. Bay was robbed of a hit by Cameron with a sliding catch in right-center in the fifth inning.
WHAT'S NEXT: Chris Capuano (10-11, 4.43 ERA), coming off a two-hit shutout against the Braves in which he tossed 122 pitches, faces Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad (5-11, 5.61) Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.