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Rapid Reaction: Marlins 13, Mets 0

8/8/2012

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.