Carlos Torres allowed an RBI single to Logan Morrison in the fourth inning and a solo home run to Donovan Solano in the sixth inning – he went six innings and allowed two runs and three hits with eight strikeouts.
Frank Francisco allowed Tim Byrdak’s inherited run to score in the eighth inning.
The Mets had five baserunners on the afternoon, and wen 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Matt den Dekker had two of the team’s four hits, one of which was his first career double in the seventh inning.
The Marlins now have 55 wins in 2013 – 20 percent of their wins have come against the Mets.
The Mets have now been shutout three times on this homestand.
With the loss, the Mets clinched their fifth consecutive losing season.
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Michael Baron, ContributorCarlos Torres pitched very well today. But, when the offense is dead like it is right now, any runs a pitcher allows typically is too much to overcome. But he has shown to be a strike thrower, and a real crafty presence on the staff who can pitch in a variety of roles. The Mets still have control over Torres beyond 2013, so it will be interesting to see what they do with him going forward and whether or not he becomes their swing man in 2014.
I really like what I’ve seen from Matt den Dekker since he was brought up. He has known for a long time he needs a shorter stroke and has to make more consistent contact, and has shown an improved approach in the early stages of his big league career. He has struck out quite a bit, but he is clearly working to shorten his stroke, and he did so today with his first career double. He is a work in progress for sure, and so hopefully he continues to progress into next season.
By the way, Donovan Solano had himself a day against the Mets. He was awesome at second base, hit a home run, and destroyed the Mets chances today in the process.
The Mets play game two of their doubleheader tonight against the Marlins. Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Jacob Turner in the nightcap.