The Mets had the best intentions when they moved in the fences at Citi Field before the season. They really did.
Chris Young thought the Mets were his best chance for success when he re-signed here. Until Wednesday night, he had done a good job as a fly ball pitcher in a slimmed-down stadium.
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Wednesday night, though, Young allowed three home runs to the Marlins in just 4 1/3 innings in the Mets' 13-0 loss.
Two of the long balls would not have been home runs before the dimensions were changed. Frank Francisco allowed another one of that type in the ninth inning. Opponents hold a 15-14 lead over the Mets in "New Jack Citi" home runs.
The Mets lost their ninth straight home game and third in a row overall.
"Last year we didn't play good at home," manager Terry Collins said. "It was a huge concern of mine last year due to the fact the ballpark was so big . . . The ballpark's reconfigured. We've had confidence playing here in the first half. Right now, there's nothing we do that's right."
In all, Young allowed seven hits and six of them went for extra bases. So maybe it wouldn't have mattered which version of the ballpark he was pitching in.
"You don't want to come out and get your butt beat like this," Young said. "I certainly wasn't very good and I've got to get better."
The Mets were held scoreless by starter Nathan Eovaldi (3-7) despite amassing 10 baserunners against him. Overall, the Mets were 0-for-10 with a walk with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. "We didn't pitch, we didn't hit," David Wright said. "That's what happens when you just have one of those stinkers, really."
The Marlins had no such troubles. Reyes, who was booed again by his former hometown fans, started the onslaught with a two-out home run in the first inning. It was his eighth of the season and extended his hitting streak to a career-best 26.
Young (3-6) then walked Carlos Lee before Stanton homered into the new picnic seats in left-center for a 3-0 Miami lead.
It stayed that way until the fifth. With the infield in, Lee blooped a two-run single to left to make it 5-0. Stanton finished Young's night with a two-run homer off the top of the inside wall in left. It was Stanton's 21st.
Young is still winless at home at 0-4, but he came into the game with a respectable 3.33 home ERA. It is now 4.88.
The Marlins scored four in the eighth. Three runs scored when Andres Torres failed to make a sliding catch on a bases-clearing triple by Bryan Petersen.
Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer off Francisco to right-center in the ninth.
"This is when you cinch up your belt, reach inside, find out what you're made of," Collins said. "Find out who wants to compete the last games, because those are the guys you're going to want on the team."