The Mets couldn't respond to a six-run third inning, as they dropped the series opener to the Marlins, 8-2, in Miami.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Corey Oswalt got the spot start for the Mets tonight, with Jacob deGrom being scratched due to a family issue. And though Oswalt started strong with two good frames, the third inning wasn't a charm. He allowed six runs in the inning, four of which came from home runs by Lewis Brinson and JT Riddle. Oswalt wouldn't finish the inning as Mickey Callaway pulled him after 2.2 innings of work.
2) The Mets offense continued to struggle despite stringing together seven hits. As a team, New York was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and the only man with an RBI on the night was Devin Mesoraco after his RBI double scored Wilmer Flores. The Mets had a great chance late in the game with bases loaded and no outs in the eighth. However, Flores grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to only score one run.
3) It was a good sight to see the Mets' bullpen stay relatively in check after Oswalt came out early. Tyler Bashlor tossed 2.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two. And Jerry Blevins had a much-needed scoreless outing over 1.1 innings. He didn't allow a hit over that span as well.
The Mets (32-47) look to rebound against the Marlins (33-50) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. on SNY. Jacob deGrom will return to the bump to face Pablo Lopez.