Result: The Mets dropped their series opener, 9-6, to the Marlins in Miami on Monday afternoon.
Need to know: Zack Wheeler got the nod for the Mets but labored through his start. The young right-hander, who had allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his past 11 starts, allowed five runs — three earned — over 4 2/3 innings. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez exited in the third inning after suffering a strained left oblique. Giancarlo Stanton homered in the first off Wheeler, his 34th of the season. David Wright tallied two RBIs for New York, but Dilson Herrera impressed in front of the Miami crowd. The rookie blasted his first career home run, a solo shot, and collected three RBIs on the evening. The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth off Jeurys Familia to seal the 9-6 victory over the Mets.
Game ball: Herrera’s first career home run and two-run triple kept the Mets in the contest.
What’s next: The Mets continue their three-game set with the Marlins, sending Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) to the hill on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. The left-hander will be opposed by Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40 ERA).