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Mets blanked by Marlins as lead over Nationals drops to 7 1/2 games

Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets walks

Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets walks to the dugout as he leaves a game in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Mets have a big enough cushion in the NL East that games like Wednesday night's blah 6-0 loss to the Marlins at Citi Field will be long forgotten if they make the playoffs.

Unless . . .

Nah, don't even think it.

The Mets were three-hit by Marlins rookie Adam Conley and three relievers and Bartolo Colon (14-12) gave up three runs in 52/3 innings as the Mets saw their magic number remain at 10. The Mets' lead in the division fell to 71/2 games over the Nationals, who beat up on the Phillies.

The Mets, who are off today, host the Yankees this weekend in the second act of the Subway Series with Long Island lefthander Steven Matz on the hill on Friday.

"I think it's important that we understand the situation and we go about it like any other game," David Wright said. "Obviously, they're meaningful this time of year on both sides. The energy will be there. The fans usually bring that and it rubs off on the players. We've got to treat it like any other game. We're down to the home stretch now."

The Mets have 16 games left. In 2007 -- sorry, had to mention it -- the Mets blew a seven-game lead with 17 games to play by going 5-12 down the stretch and lost the division to the Phillies.

Colon, who had a 31-inning scoreless streak snapped in his last start, allowed two home runs and Tyler Clippard gave up another as the Mets dropped their second in a row to Miami after a rousing eight-game winning streak.

"We had such an emotion high coming out of Atlanta," manager Terry Collins said. "I think you're seeing just a little bit of a drainage on the system. So if there was a day off coming, I think it's coming at the right time. We need to just get away for a little bit and when we come back it's going to be pretty exciting coming Friday. We need to pick the energy level up a little."

Martin Prado gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead with a long home run to left in the fourth. The Mets didn't get their first baserunner until Wright's one-out double in the bottom of the inning. J.T. Realmuto made it 2-0 with a home run to the leftfield corner on an 0-and-2 pitch with one out in the fifth.

In the sixth, Dee Gordon led off with a ground-rule double to center and scored three batters later on Justin Bour's sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

Colon allowed seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts. The Mets have six candidates to start in the postseason. It's unclear where Colon -- the team's leading winner -- stands in the pecking order.

Bour homered to the Shea Bridge off Clippard in the eighth and the Marlins scored twice more in the ninth.

Conley, 25, was making the eighth start and 12th appearance of his career. He went seven innings and allowed three hits. He walked none and struck out six in a 99-pitch gem.

"There's going to be days when you get outplayed," Wright said. "Today we just got outplayed in every phase of the game. The Marlins were able to get to our starter, get to our bullpen, and we weren't able to scratch really anything across. Just one of those days where we got beat up."

Odds are that's all it was. Probably.


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