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Rapid Reaction: Marlins 3, Mets 0

9/14/2013

NEW YORK -- The Mets officially have a losing record for a fifth straight season.

Despite a solid pitching performance from Carlos Torres, the Miami Marlins won, 3-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday at Citi Field. The Mets suffered loss No. 82.

Carlos Torres

Carlos Torres

#52 RP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM30
  • W3

  • L5

  • BB12

  • K58

  • ERA3.48

Five straight losing seasons is the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. The only streaks longer: seven from 1962-68 and 1977-83, and six from 1991-96.

There was another loss, too.

Frank Francisco was drilled in the right wrist with an eighth-inning line drive off the bat of Logan Morrison and immediately departed the game in apparent pain. Depending on the severity, that could end the free-agent-to-be Francisco’s Mets career.

Torres limited the Marlins to two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out a career-high eight in six innings. He also twice plunked Donovan Solano with pitches. Solano answered in the sixth with a solo homer that staked Miami to a 2-0 lead.

Back in the fourth, Torres had hit Solano with a pitch to open the inning, then walked Christian Yelich. Morrison later in the inning produced the first hit surrendered by Torres -- a two-out bloop single that scored Solano for the game’s opening run.

Meanwhile, the Mets’ bats familiarly were silent. This time, Henderson Alvarez tossed seven scoreless innings.

Matt den Dekker had two of the Mets’ four hits in the game, including a one-out double in the seventh. But Travis d’Arnaud flied out to center field to drop to 0-for-17 in his career with runners in scoring position. And with den Dekker on third base after tagging up, Omar Quintanilla grounded out on a slick fielding play by Solano at second base.

What’s next: Game 2 of a single-admission doubleheader in a half-hour. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA) opposes Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner (3-6, 3.43).