Rapid Reaction: Marlins 13, Mets 0

August, 8, 2012

WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets can't buy a win at home right now.

The Amazin's are now 0-8 at Citi Field since the All-Star break, after their embarrassing 13-0 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday night. Overall, they've now lost nine straight at home -- their last win in Queens was way back on July 7 against the Cubs. This marks the Mets' longest home losing streak since late in the 2004 season, their final one under manager Art Howe.

The Mets are now 53-58 on the year -- 15 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East, and 10.5 games behind in the race for the final NL wild card.

U-G-L-Y: Chris Young, coming off his best start of the season in San Francisco, had his worst start of the season on Wednesday.

Young lasted just 4 1/3 innings before being chased after serving up his third home run ball of the evening. Former Met Jose Reyes got the Marlins on the board quickly, smacking a Young fastball into the second deck in right field in the top of the first, a solo shot. Giancarlo Stanton had the other two long balls -- a two-run homer in the first, and another two-run homer in the fourth, which sent Young to the showers.

Young gave up seven runs on seven hits, with three walks (one intentional) and four strikeouts. He's now 3-6 with a 4.87 ERA on the season.

The Marlins tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning -- all four charged to 28-year-old lefty Garrett Olson, who was making his Mets debut, and who lasted just 1/3 of an inning. Then closer Frank Francisco, just getting an inning of work in, surrendered a two-run homer to Greg Dobbs in the ninth.

ON OFFENSE: The Mets mustered just five hits against Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi and two relievers -- four singles, and a double by Jordany Valdespin.

The Marlins did give the Mets plenty of opportunities to score -- in fact, Eovaldi walked six batters in 5-plus innings. But the Mets failed to get a single one home, leaving at least one runner stranded in each of the first seven innings.

BRIGHT SPOT: Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with his single in the third inning. Tejada also walked twice in the game.

On the other side, Reyes extended his hitting streak to 26 games -- also a career-high, and the longest streak in the major leagues this year.

WHAT'S NEXT: The finale of this three-game series -- a 12:10 p.m. matinee on Thursday, featuring a great pitching matchup. R.A. Dickey (14-3, 2.82 ERA) goes for the Mets, opposed by Josh Johnson (7-7, 3.85 ERA) for the Marlins.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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