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Mets unable to shine in 4-2 loss to Marlins

On the day that the New York Mets (53-57) unveiled their 2013 All-Star Game logo, the rest of the team was unable to shine leaving 16 total-men on base in the 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins (50-60) on Monday Night.

Scott Hairston was one of many Mets frustrated after the team left 11 men on base in the 4-2 loss to the Marlins on Monday. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

New York has now lost their eight straight games at Citi Field, which is the club’s longest home losing streak since September 14-28, 2007. The Mets struck out 11 times tonight and have fanned 76 times during the skid, including double-digits in six of the games.

Miami took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, New York had several good chances to chip away at the lead early on-it was only until the bottom of the fifth that the combo of Daniel Murphy and Andres Torres plated the first two runs for New York.

Murphy, who would hit a solo shot off the Pepsi Porch for the first Mets run, was followed by Torres RBI single later on in the frame. New York had the bases loaded and instead of the possibility of a pinch hitter instead manager Terry Collins decided to allow starter Jon Niese a chance to help his own cause.

Instead of plating a vital RBI, Niese struck out as things continue to struggle offensively for New York.

“Yeah, I was –early in the game I thought we had a lot more at-bats coming up and I had already burned one guy and we were down a guy on the bench,” said Collins. “I thought we were going to get a lot more innings out of him today and it didn’t work.”

Daniel was one of the bright spots from the game, finishing with a two hit day and the infielder is now hitting .380 (49-129) in his last 35 games. Also having a good game at the dish was Ruben Tejada who extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning single.

Starter Jon Niese tossed 6.0 innings for New York, which was his 12th consecutive start of at least that many frames. The lefty has gone 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA (30 earned runs/81.1 innings) over this stretch after this most recent loss.

It was the big inning that bit Niese, as the starter gave up three consecutive singles, a sac fly and another single to start the fourth inning. It was a big two-run double by John Buck which eventually lifted the Marlins to victory.

“A couple of balls weren’t hit that well, Jon was pitching well and I thought he could get Buck out,” said Collins on the big inning by Niese. “Again we didn’t make the pitches when we had too.”

Not helping though was the fact that the offense could not come through, as those hits that were falling in earlier in the season have now become strikeouts.

New York does have a chance to get back into the series, as Chris Young (3-5, 4.22 ERA) takes on Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66 ERA) in Game Two of a three-game set on Wednesday.

In his last start Young earned a victory in the Mets 9-1 victory over the Giants in AT&T Park on August 2.  The righty tossed 7.0 innings, allowing one run, earned, four hits, four strikeouts and allowing one homer in the 97-pitch outing.

Game Two between the Mets and Marlins is set to air on the SNY Network, with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m.

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