Jon Niese gave up 5 first inning runs and the Mets could not recover as they fell to the Marlins 7-5. Niese ended the night going 5 and two thirds innings giving up six runs on five hits and took the loss.
Niese looks like a typical young pitcher making his first turn through a major league season. At times this season he had been the Mets best pitcher and when his arm gets used to pitching a full season we can expect more consistency from the young lefty.
The Mets were able to mount a come back, but eventually fell short. With the Marlins leading 6-3 in the 8th, Leo Nunez forced in Josh Thole with a bases loaded walk. Chris Carter followed the walk up with an RBI ground out and Nick Evans ended the inning by striking out.
It was a scenario that has played out on numerous occasions for the 2010 Mets. They have not been able to hit with the bases loaded and gave up a great opportunity to tie the game.
Dan Uggla put the game away for good in the 8th with an RBI single. The Mets were able to mount a mini rally with a Carlos Beltran triple, but Dan Uggla made a nice diving play to retire David Wright and end the threat.
The Mets open a series in Philadelphia on Friday starting at 7:05.