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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Marlins 4, Mets 2

By Matt Ehalt



The Mets returned home and fell further below .500 after falling to the Marlins, 4-2, on Tuesday night. The Mets are now just three games out of last place in the NL East.

MARLINS GOT YOUR NUMBER: Jon Niese entered Tuesday's game with a 1-4 record in eight career starts against the Marlins, his worst winning percentage against a National League team. His ERA was 4.47 in those games.

While Miami scored all four of its runs in one inning, Niese didn't have his best day. He allowed eight hits and walked one while striking out four. All the damage came in the fourth, when he couldn't navigate the middle of Miami's lineup.

HIT FOR BAY: Before the game, manager Terry Collins essentially said the struggling Jason Bay is becoming a platoon player. Entering Tuesday, Bay was in a 2-for-31 slump.

As he now has to adjust to becoming a lefties-only batter, it will be key for Bay to find some rhythm at the plate. He was able to line a single in the fifth and score the team's second run. He had been booed in his first two at-bats and earned some sarcastic cheers after notching his single. He was 1-for-4.

HITTING STREAKS LIVE ON: Shortstop Jose Reyes and Ruben Tejada both carried hitting streaks into this one and they both kept it going. Reyes pushed his league-high streak to 25 games while Tejada is now at 12. Tejada was 1-for-5.

Reyes, in his second return to Citi Field after signing with Miami, was booed. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored. With Tejada playing well at shortstop this season, Mets fans haven't been forced to miss Reyes, who was once perhaps the most beloved Met.

UP NEXT: The Mets will turn to Chris Young (3-5, 4.22 ERA) as he will face Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.