Marlins 13, Mets 0

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 08, 2012
Giancarlo Stanton hit two two-run homers, Jose Reyes also connected against his former team and the Miami Marlins routed the struggling Mets 13-0 on Wednesday night, handing New York its ninth straight loss at home. Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 26 games, the longest in the majors this season. Stanton went deep twice against an ineffective Chris Young and finished with four hits in the All-Star slugger's second game back from knee surgery. After going seven games without a home run, Miami hit four in one night at Citi Field to back Nathan Eovaldi (3-7). Greg Dobbs capped the outburst with a two-run shot in the ninth. Eovaldi somehow worked around six walks in five-plus innings. Hit hard by Atlanta in his previous outing, the 22-year-old rookie won for the second time in three starts with the Marlins since they acquired him July 25 in a trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10, one night after leaving 11 runners on base in a 4-2 defeat. It's their longest losing streak at home since another nine-game slide in 2004. The club record is 15 in 2002, according to STATS LLC. New York's most recent win at home was July 7 against the Cubs. The Mets have dropped three straight overall and four of five. Young (3-6) was coming off his best start of the season in San Francisco, but he lasted only 4 1-3 innings this time and got just one out on the ground. He was charged with seven runs, seven hits and three walks, one intentional. Miami goes for a three-game sweep Thursday at noon with Mets nemesis Josh Johnson on the mound against All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Playing with a wrap on his aching right hand, Reyes sent a solo shot into the second deck in right field with two outs in the first inning. He rounded the bases enthusiastically to boos and a few cheers, the same sort of reception he's received during both trips back to Citi Field this season. A four-time All-Star shortstop with the Mets, Reyes left last December to sign a $106 million, six-year contract with the Marlins. Carlos Lee followed with a walk and Stanton lofted a high fly to left-center, the first of his two home runs that would have stayed in the ballpark before the fences were moved in this season. Handed a 3-0 lead, Eovaldi gave the Mets plenty of chances to get back in the game. He walked the first batter he faced and two straight to open the second inning. Daniel Murphy flied out with two on to end the third and fifth. Meanwhile, the Marlins broke it open with four runs in the fifth. Justin Ruggiano doubled with one out, Reyes walked and the runners pulled off a smart double steal immediately after a visit to the mound by pitching coach Dan Warthen. Lee looped a two-run single over a drawn-in infield and Stanton lined a 2-2 breaking ball to left for his 21st home run. The ball hit high off the 16-foot Great Wall of Flushing behind the shorter fence that was erected this year. Stanton also ripped a double and a single, one night after he had a sacrifice fly in his return from the disabled list. Bryan Petersen added a bases-loaded triple in a four-run eighth, a ball that got past a tumbling Andres Torres in medium left-center. Marlins second baseman Nick Green made a tough pickup to start a nifty double play in the sixth. NOTES: Reyes' right hand has been bothering him since he was jammed by Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez last weekend. The switch-hitter said several cutters from Mets LHP Jonathon Niese made it worse Tuesday night, and the hand swelled up. But it's only a problem when he bats right-handed. ... The Marlins had no update yet on injured LF Logan Morrison, who went to Colorado this week to get a second opinion on his ailing knee from Dr. Richard Steadman. Morrison is on the DL with right knee inflammation. ... Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he's just about ready to give RHP Heath Bell another shot at closing. ... Johnson, coming off a stellar outing against Washington, is 8-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 15 starts against the Mets. ... New York LHP Johan Santana felt good after his bullpen session and is ready to come off the DL Saturday night against Atlanta, manager Terry Collins said. ... Lee and Mets SS Ruben Tejada both pushed their hitting streaks to 13 games. Lee rolled his ankle awkwardly while stepping on first to record an unassisted putout in the seventh, but stayed in the game. ... Reyes is 3-for-19 at Citi Field this year.
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