FINAL SCORE: Marlins 11, Mets 4

WP: Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.29)

LP: Jonathan Niese (8-6, 3.63)

Bottom 9th: Jose Veras came in to mercifully end the last four innings of onslaught. The former Yankees reliever has pitched well for Florida, inheriting 18 runners this season and stranding all of them. It looked like the Mets might have had something going with two walks to begin the inning, but a fly out by Francoeur and a double play by Thole ended the game.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 11

Top 9th: Pedro Feliciano got Maybin to ground out for the first out of the inning but exited after allowed the next four batters to reach base, the final hit a Sanchez RBI-single to center that left the bases loaded. Ryota Igarashi came in and surrendered another run, but ended the inning with a strikeout.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 11

Bottom 8th: A hit by Pagan, but nothing else was cooking. It looks like five runs is too much to overcome at this point.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 9

Top 8th: Acosta put in another solid inning of relief, keeping the Marlins hitless. Florida's lead has been hedged, but with six more outs to spare, the offense has to start chipping away the deficit. 

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SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 9

Bottom 7th: It looks like the Mets have run out of gas. After a Davis walked, Franceour and Thole struck out, and Castillo grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 9

Top 7th: Acosta relieved Dessens and dunked the Fish 1-2-3. 

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 9

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Bottom 6th: Tejada walked, but Pagan, Beltran and Wright flied out. 

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 9

Top 6th: The wheels have fallen off this inning. Niese hit Morrison to start the inning, then surrendered back-to-back hits to Ramirez and Uggla, who's RBI-double put runnings in scoring position with no outs. Niese walked Sanchez to load the bases and then then took down Stanton on a big strikeout. Helms launched a deep fly to right, but Francoeur tracked it down, sprinting full speed and stretching out to catch the ball for the second out, but the trying run came in on the sacrifice. Niese was knocked out of the game on the next play, when Hayes hit a ground-rule double to knock in Uggla and move runners into scoring position with two outs. Elmer Dessens came in and gave up three consecutive hits that knocked in another three runs before getting Ramirez to fly out and end the inning.

For the third consecutive night the Mets have put up more than four runs, but not gotten the stellar pitching to match. Niese tied a career-high in strikeouts with eight, but he gave up seven earned runs.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 9

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Bottom 5th: After Franceour walked, he tested the arm of rookie leftfielder Logan Morrison on an attempt to take third on a single by Thole. Morrison gunned him down with room to spare for the first out. Castillo grounded into a fielder's choice and Niese flied out to left to end the inning.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 2

Top 5th: Niese worked around a leadoff walk to get two groundouts and strike out Maybin to end the inning and bring his K total to seven. Maybin has struck out three times tonight, his last two on called strikes.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 2

Bottom 4th: Pagan walked, Beltran grounded into a double play, Wright followed with a single and Davis ended the inning with a strikeout.

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SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 2

Top 4rd: Morrison hit a leadoff double and Ramirez followed with a two-run homer to left. Niese retired the next three batters.

It was announced this inning that Jose Reyes exited tonight's game versus the Marlins after re-aggravating his right oblique on a single to rightfield. Reyes aggravated his right oblique on June 30. The oblique strain is mild and he will be held out of baseball activities for a few days.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 2

Bottom 3rd: Wright and Davis walked to begin the inning and Francoeur drove in Wright with a single. Sanchez plunked Thole to load the bases for Castillo with no outs, but no more runs were scored. Castillo flied to left, Niese struck out and Tejada grounded to third and was called out on a bang-bang play to end the inning.

The four runs scored tonight has not been the norm lately. New York was 1-6 with runners in scoring position last night and has hit .189 (20-106) with RISP over its last 15 games.

SCORE: Mets 4, Marlins 0

Top 3rd: Niese is a machine tonight, striking out two batters - Anibal Sanchez and Maybin - for the third consecutive inning, bringing his K total to six through three innings. He's mixing speeds well: 90 mph heaters, 75 mph curves and an 80 mph changeup. The Mets season may be dwindling, but Niese is a youngster on the rise in the National League.

SCORE: Mets 3, Marlins 0

Bottom 2nd: Reyes was removed from the game after pulling a single to right. Reyes yanked a low pitch headed for the dirt and advanced Castillo to third, who led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Niese. Pagan doubled to center, driving in Castillo and putting runners in scoring position with no outs. Beltran laced a liner to Sanchez at first, who picked himself up from his knees and fired to second to nail Pagan off the bag for an inning-ending double play.

SCORE: Mets 3, Marlins 0

Top 2nd: Niese has wrangled four fish through two innings, striking out Stanton on a 90 mph fastball and Helms on a 74 mph curve to end the inning. 

SCORE: Mets 2, Marlins 0

Bottom 1st: Wright parked a two-run homer with two outs that crashed into the second deck in leftfield for his 21st homer of the season. The Mets put a nice two-out rally together after Reyes flied to center and Pagan struck out on three pitches. Beltran singled and Wright brought them both home with the laser shot to left. Davis followed with a looping single to right and Francoeur hit an infield single down the third base line that sent Helms diving. Thole ended things with a ground out. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez  is a quality pitcher (10-8, 3.16) but entered the game with a 7.71 ERA at Citi Field.

Wright hit his 20th home run of the season last night, making it his fifth season of 20 or more dingers with the Mets, tied for the third-most in franchise history with Howard Johnson. Darryl Strawberry had eight seasons of 20 plus homer.

SCORE: Mets 2, Marlins 0

Top 1st: Niese surrendered a walk, but struck out two this inning -- Maybin on a cutter and Uggla with a high heater to end the inning.

SCORE: Mets 0, Marlins 0

R.I.P. RISP: New York was 1-6 with runners in scoring position last night and has hit .189 (20-106) with RISP over its last 15 games.

The Wright path: David Wright hit his 20th home run of the season last night, making it his fifth season of 20 or more dingers with the Mets, tied for the third-most in franchise history with Howard Johnson. Darryl Strawberry had eight seasons of 20 plus homer.

Niese job: Tonight's starter Jonathan Niese has 13 starts where he has allowed one run or fewer which is tied for the sixth most such starts in the majors and two behind the leaders Johan Santana and Roy Halladay. Niese has allowed just one run in five of his last six stars. 

Mets lineup:

1. Jose Reyes
2. Angel Pagan
3. Carlos Beltran
4. David Wright
5. Ike Davis
6. Jeff Francoeur
7. Josh Thole
8. Luis Castillo
9. Jonathan Niese

Pitching: Jonathan Niese (8-5, 3.33 ERA)

Marlins lineup:

1. Cameron Maybin
2. Logan Morrison
3. Hanley Ramirez
4. Dan Uggla
5. Gaby Sanchez
6. Mike Stanton
7. Wes Helmes
8. Brett Hayes
9. Anibal Sanchez

Pitching: Anibal Sanchez (10-8, 3.16 ERA)