Final Score: Marlins 3 Mets 2

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Mejia was not as sharp as during his start in DC and sometimes struggled with command, but he settled in nicely and held the Marlins to 3 runs over 6 innings.

The Mets offense was terrible with situational hitting tonight, going 1-7 with RISP and hitting into 3 double plays.

Byrd had another strong night at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Ike Davis went 2-3 with an RBI, but was pinch hit for with Satin against the lefty.

Rice and Torres each pitched a perfect inning in relief.

To get a full recap and boxscore, check out this link to SNY.TV.

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

Coming off of a fantastic season debut against the Nationals, Jenrry Mejia understandably came down to earth a bit tonight. He didn’t have quite the same level of control and gave up some hard-hit balls, but after a 2-run third inning, it was nice to see him make some adjustments and put up three scoreless. All-in-all, this was a successful outing for Mejia and he has continued to reassert himself as a legitimate candidate for the 2014 rotation.

After a trade deadline full of rumors and short on action, Marlon Byrd came out swinging and reminded everyone why the Mets priced him so high. He was one of the few Mets to figure out Henderson Alvarez and he managed to get some solid hits and score one of only two Mets runs. The rest of the team didn’t fare as well and gave made a lot of quick outs. The double plays in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th innings were real back-breakers and were key contributors to the team’s struggles getting runs across.

Ike had some good at-bats today, even knocking in the Mets’ first run, but it was hard to argue with Collins’s call to bat for him when the Marlins brought in a lefty. He also made a costly throwing error on what should have been an easy force play. He seems to be seeing the ball better lately, although he has yet to show signs of a power break-out.

After last night’s win in extras, I was hoping for some more late-inning magic, especially as the Mets showed signs of life against the Marlins bullpen. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t scratch out enough runs and Mejia was tagged with his first loss of the season. Luckily, with Harvey on the mound tomorrow, they still have a good shot of thoroughly exorcising their Floridian demons and taking the series in Miami.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

Tomorrow at 12:40 pm ET, the Mets look to win a 4 game series against the Marlins, with Matt Harvey (8-2 2.11 ERA) facing Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67 ERA).