Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Chris Flexen (2-2) allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings, including a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the second. The right-hander scattered five hits and walked four while striking out one.
2) All seven of New York's hits were singles. Wilmer Flores drove in the Mets' only run with a two-out hit in the third. Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario each singled twice. Rosario also stole his third base of the season.
3) One night after tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees, the Mets' bullpen kept the Marlins off the board for 3 2/3 frames.
News and notes...
The Mets have lost five straight overall, six of seven and are 14 games below .500 (53-67) for the first time since finishing 2013 at 74-88. Only the Giants, Reds and Phillies have worse records among National League teams.
New York fell to 6-8 against Miami and 3-4 at home. The Mets have finished with a winning record against the Marlins at Citi Field every year since 2010.
Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith were not in the starting lineup. Both were retired as pinch-hitters.
Highlights from the game
The Mets (53-67) will try to get back on the winning track against the Marlins (59-61) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on PIX11.
Rafael Montero (1-8, 5.80 ERA, 1.75 WHIP) takes the ball looking to snap an eight-game winless stretch that dates back to June 25. The right-hander allowed two runs over six frames in a no-decision against the Yankees on Monday, but has struggled to a 6.05 ERA in his last seven starts. Montero surrendered five runs in 3 2/3 innings during a no-decision against Miami on May 5.
Vance Worley (2-2, 4.97 ERA 1.50 WHIP) makes his fifth start since returning to the Marlins' rotation. The 29-year-old allowed three runs over four innings against the Rockies last Sunday, but has a 3.00 ERA in four starts since July 28. Worley has pitched two scoreless frames in relief against the Mets this season and is 4-4 with a 5.59 ERA in 13 career appearances, including nine starts, against them.