Mets lose 9th straight at home, 13-0 to Marlins
By MIKE FITZPATRICK
NEW YORK (AP) Home is where the heartache is for the New York Mets.
Giancarlo Stanton hit two two-run homers, Jose Reyes also connected against his former team and the Miami Marlins routed the struggling Mets 13-0 on Wednesday night, handing New York its ninth straight loss at Citi Field.
"We had confidence playing here in the first half," manager Terry Collins said. "Right now there's nothing we can do that's right. So we've just got to cinch up your belts, reach inside, find out what you're made of, find out who wants to compete in the last 50 games of the regular season, and those are the guys you want on your team."
Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 26 games, the longest in the majors this season. Stanton went deep twice against an ineffective Chris Young and finished with four hits in the All-Star slugger's second game back from knee surgery.
The Mets went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 in all, one night after leaving 11 runners on base in a 4-2 defeat. It's their longest losing streak at home since another nine-game slide in 2004. The club record is 15 in 2002, according to STATS LLC.
"We're not getting the timely hit. We're not pitching well. We're not playing good baseball," catcher Josh Thole said.
New York's most recent win at home was July 7 against the Cubs. The Mets have dropped three straight overall and four of five. The only time they had a more lopsided shutout loss at home was a 16-0 blowout by Atlanta at Shea Stadium on July 2, 1999.
"It was just one of those nights that you just forget about it, and we're going to reach in the bag of tricks tomorrow and try to come up and find some energy," Collins said.
After going seven games without a home run, Miami hit four in one night to back Nathan Eovaldi (3-7). Greg Dobbs capped the outburst with a two-run shot in the ninth and the Marlins had 13 hits - nine for extra bases - in their highest-scoring game this season.
Eovaldi somehow worked around six walks in five-plus innings. The 22-year-old rookie won for the second time in three starts with the Marlins since they acquired him July 25 in a trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers.
Young (3-6) was coming off his best start of the year in San Francisco, but he lasted only 4 1-3 innings. He was charged with seven runs, seven hits and three walks, one intentional.
Miami goes for a three-game sweep Thursday at noon with Mets nemesis Josh Johnson on the mound against All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Stanton will be rested as planned, manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Playing with a wrap on his sore right hand, Reyes sent a solo shot into the second deck in right field with two outs in the first inning.
He rounded the bases enthusiastically to boos and a few cheers, the same sort of reception he's received during both trips back to Citi Field this season. A four-time All-Star shortstop with the Mets, Reyes left last December to sign a $106 million, six-year contract with the Marlins.
"I don't hit too many home runs, but when I hit one you know I'm going to enjoy it," he said. "It's always good to get a hit in the first inning. I feel more relaxed after that."
Carlos Lee followed with a walk and Stanton lofted a high fly to left-center, the first of his two home runs that would have stayed in the ballpark before the fences were moved in this season.
On the top step of the dugout, an excited Reyes flexed his biceps.
Miami broke it open with four runs in the fifth. Justin Ruggiano doubled with one out, Reyes walked and the runners pulled off a smart double steal immediately after a mound visit by pitching coach Dan Warthen.
Lee looped a two-run single over a drawn-in infield and Stanton lined a 2-2 slider to left for his 21st home run. The ball hit high off the 16-foot Great Wall of Flushing behind the shorter fence that was erected this year.
Asked how he wanted to pitch to Stanton, Young said: "You're asking the wrong guy. Obviously, I wasn't very good at it. He's a great hitter. He's extremely talented. The second one, he crushed. The first one, he didn't even get and he still hit it out. He's that strong."
Stanton also ripped a double and a single, one night after he had a sacrifice fly in his return from the disabled list.
"He's still learning how to hit. This kid is going to be fun to watch," Guillen said.
NOTES: Johnson, coming off a stellar outing in Washington, is 8-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 15 starts against the Mets. ... LHP Johan Santana felt good after his bullpen session and is ready to come off the DL on Saturday night against Atlanta, Collins said. ... Reyes is 3-for-19 at Citi Field this year. ... Lee and Mets SS Ruben Tejada both pushed their hitting streaks to 13 games.
Updated August 9, 2012