By MIKE FITZPATRICK
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ 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
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
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
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
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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