Rapid Reaction: Marlins 3, Mets 0

May, 6, 2014
May 6
MIAMI -- Well, you cannot blame the bullpen for this one. For only the fifth game this season, the Mets never held a lead.

Henderson Alvarez went the distance, and the Miami Marlins continued their home dominance with a 3-0 win against the Mets on Tuesday night.

The Mets dropped to 16-16. They are .500 for the first time since April 22 (10-10). They have lost five of six since opening their road trip with a win in Philadelphia.

Miami improved to 16-5 at Marlins Park, matching the 1997 World Series champion team for the best 21-game home start in franchise history.

Alvarez became the first Marlin since Dontrelle Willis on July 3, 2005, to shut out the Mets.

Bartolo Colon surrendered three runs in seven innings and dropped to 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA. Colon (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP) had not been three games under .500 since he was released by the Chicago White Sox with a 3-6 record in 2009.

The Mets mustered six hits and did not have many scoring opportunities. They made the least of the few chances they had:

• With two in scoring position and two outs in the sixth, David Wright grounded out to shortstop against Alvarez as Miami maintained a 3-0 lead.

• Two innings earlier, Juan Lagares had a leadoff double -- his fifth two-bagger in five starts since returning from the disabled list.

On third base later that inning with one out, Lagares started to break toward the plate on Wright’s sinking liner to center. Breaking toward home on contact and not immediately retreating to third base prevented a potential tag-up, although it’s worth noting that center fielder Marcell Ozuna -- who charged in and snared Wright’s liner -- has the strongest arm in Miami’s organization.

Ruben Tejada (third inning) and Travis d’Arnaud (fifth inning) grounded into double plays.

What’s next: The Mets try to avoid getting swept when Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41) at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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Daniel Murphy
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HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187