Final Score: Marlins 7 Mets 5

DudaDiveThe Mets (2-2) lost to the Marlins (1-3) by the score of 7-5 tonight at Citi Field.

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Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and he allowed a run in six innings of work.

Greg Burke and Scott Rice combined to allow five runs in the seventh inning, thanks in part to poor pitching and poor defense.

Jordany Valdespin had two hits and a walk out of the leadoff spot in the lineup.

Daniel Murphy hit an opposite field, three-run home run in the seventh inning.

Ike Davis went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout on the night, and is now 1-for-16 with two walks and seven strikeouts over the first four games.

The Mets had 19 baserunners tonight (seven walks, two HBP, and ten hits), but went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position with 12 left on-base Рthey are 2-for-16 in such situations over the last two games.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

That was flat out ugly for the Mets. The Marlins scored one run against the Nationals in three games, and they came out and hammered the Mets tonight. The defense was lackluster, the Mets offense was inconsistent (against Alex Sanabia, who hasn’t started in the big leagues since 2011), and the bullpen was just terrible.¬†Hefner was outstanding tonight and certainly deserved better, as did Dillon Gee yesterday afternoon.

Duda really struggled with his defense tonight. He misjudged a fly ball early, and his limited range hurt him in the seventh inning as well. These kinds of things are likely to be a regular occurrence for him this season – the hope is he creates more runs than he takes away.

Tejada made a disappointing play to open the seventh inning, which set the tone for the rest of the frame. On a soft, routine ground ball, he played it back, attempted a backhanded play, but the ball bounced off his glove which allowed Donovan Solano to reach base. The rest of the inning blew up in the Mets faces, and put the game out of reach. Then in the ninth inning, he dropped a ball at second base on a stolen base attempt by Justin Ruggiano. He has not played well on defense over the first four games – considering how solid he has been there over his young career, that’s a bit surprising and concerning…

For now, I’m not going to worry about Davis. He’s off to a bad start, he looks frustrated, and he’s arguing with umpires routinely right now. Yes, his poor start to last year is in the back of my mind, but it’s four games, he says he feels better than he did at this stage last year, and he’s a good day away from erasing those concerns…

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets will look to even their series against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Jon Niese facing Ricky Nolasco at 1:10 pm.