Mets’ Skid Reaches Five Games in Loss to Marlins
Amed Rosario notched a multihit game at Citi Field for the first time, but the rest of the Mets struggled to piece together any semblance of offense as they fell to the Miami Marlins, 3-1, on Friday night for a fifth straight loss.
Rosario, a rookie shortstop, went 2 for 4 in a game that was delayed by almost two hours because of rain.
Despite a wet infield, Rosario also flashed his potential as a base-running threat. In the sixth inning, after singling off Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan, Rosario stole second base, his third steal since he was called up on Aug. 1. He then advanced to third when a pickoff attempt by McGowan sailed awry.
But Rosario ended the sixth stranded, for the second time in the game, after Matt Reynolds lined out to center field.
Rosario’s first career multihit game came on Aug. 11, when he went 3 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets fell into an early hole when J. T. Realmuto smashed a two-run homer off starter Chris Flexen in the second inning. The Marlins tacked on another run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Marcell Ozuna.
Flexen settled in, allowing only those three runs in five and a third innings. Perhaps his most impressive achievement was in allowing no home runs to the Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has already set a team record this season with 44 homers, which also leads the majors. Eighteen of Stanton’s home runs have come since the All-Star break.
Flexen, though, did not provide Stanton much to swing at. He walked Stanton in his first two at-bats, and then Stanton mistimed a 3-0 pitch from Flexen in the fifth inning, flying out to third.
The Mets’ lone run was driven in by Wilmer Flores, on a single in the third inning that scored Juan Lagares. After Flexen’s departure, the Mets’ bullpen tossed three and two-thirds scoreless innings, but Rosario’s hit in the sixth was their final one of the night.
Flores returned after missing two games with sore ribs on his left side. He started at first base, going 1 for 3 with a walk, as the rookie Dominic Smith was given a day off. Smith later struck out during a pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning.