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Jonathon Niese took the loss allowing four runs - all in fourth inning - on eight hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings pitched.
Bobby Parnell, Manny Acosta and Jon Rauch each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Daniel Murphy hit his fourth homerun of the season off the facing of the Pepsi Porch in the fifth inning.
Andres Torres picked up his 26th run batted in of the season with a run scoring single in the fifth inning.
David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Jason Bay and Josh Thole each had a hit.
The Mets were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position while stranding 11 runners on base.
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Niese looked sharp early, but struggled with pitch selection in the dubious fourth inning allowing the Marlins to score four runs. I'm not sure what to make of each of Niese's starts. He will look dominant one start and then look unsure of himself the next. What I can't determine if it's the game plan going in that fails Niese or the inability to make in game adjustments. In one instance in the fourth, Niese threw eight consecutive cutters to Carlos Lee before going to his curveball, which Niese hung and was laced to left for the game's opening run. What I hope to see from Niese the remainder of the season is too build on his strong starts, have confidence in his pitches, be more consistent and work on adjusting to hitters during the game.
On the positive side, after Niese struggled the Mets bullpen allowed the Mets to get back into the game holding the Marlins offense to just one hit for the final three innings.
Despite Niese's performance, what is troubling is even with the Mets bullpen holding their own the Mets offense was unable to muster a hit in the final four innings and striking out seven times against the Marlins bullpen.
After a disappointing end to an overall positive road trip, this is not how I expected the Mets to come out versus a Marlins team in transition. Hopefully the Mets can come back strong tomorrow night, get a good effort from Chris Young and turn this ship around before a tough weekend series against the Braves.
WB Mason Post Game Extra with Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen: