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Mets can't get clutch hit in loss to Marlins

Mets' Jenrry Mejia sits in the dugout during

Mets' Jenrry Mejia sits in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins. (July 31, 2013) Credit: AP

MIAMI -- The Mets Wednesday passed on the chance to make changes to their roster, resolving instead to stick with a group that has improved as the season has gone along. Even with Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the Marlins, the Mets finished July 15-12, their first winning month of the season.

However, some of the Mets' flaws rose to the surface. By the end of the game, manager Terry Collins had depleted his four-man bench and used six-man rotation member Carlos Torres in relief to cover for an overworked bullpen.

Third baseman David Wright played through a leg issue and starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia worked through discomfort caused by bone chips.

"I felt something, but it doesn't bother me," said Mejia, who settled down to hold the Marlins to three runs in six innings.

But it wasn't enough to spare Mejia (1-1) from the loss. Three times, the Mets stranded a runner at third base, including once when Eric Young Jr. settled for a triple because video reviews showed he narrowly missed a home run.

The final time came in the eighth inning when with the tying run at third, and Marlins lefty Mike Dunn on in relief, Collins pulled first baseman Ike Davis for pinch-hitter Josh Satin. It was yet another sign that Davis -- despite making some strides in his return from Triple-A Las Vegas -- is still considered a platoon player as opposed to an everyday starter.

Satin, who has enjoyed success against lefties, flew out.

The Mets still have a chance to win this four-game series Thursday when Matt Harvey takes the mound against the Marlins.

Collins said Wright is expected to be in the starting lineup, though it was clear that the Mets' captain has been playing through what Collins called a hamstring cramp. Trainer Ray Ramirez and Collins both checked on Wright in the eighth inning, first after he stole second base, and then after he tagged up to get himself to third base. He did not score.

"It's no big deal," said Wright.

Notes & quotes: To keep him under his innings limit, the Mets have considered moving Zack Wheeler to the bullpen. Wheeler has thrown 1141/3 innings between the Mets and Triple-A Las Vegas . . . Catcher Travis d'Arnaud has an outside chance of making his big league debut this week. The Mets will need a fill-in for John Buck, whose wife is expecting a son.

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