Share “Alvarez's streak ends, Marlins lose to...”

Alvarez's streak ends, Marlins lose to Mets 7-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: July 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — For almost two months, Henderson Alvarez was a sure thing for a Miami Marlins team that hasn't had many of them.

That run ended with a thud Friday night.

David Wright went 4 for 4 with a mammoth homer, Lucas Duda also hit a long two-run shot off Alvarez, and the New York Mets rocked their recent nemesis in a 7-1 victory.

Zack Wheeler shut down Miami again and Juan Lagares had three hits as the fourth-place Mets improved to 6-2 on a 10-game homestand that takes them into the All-Star break.

Wheeler (5-8) pitched 6 2-3 stingy innings and helped himself with an RBI double. He moved to 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins, including a three-hitter in a 1-0 win June 19 that was his first major league complete game.

"When you get down early in games it puts a lot of pressure on the offense, and this guy has been real good against us," Miami manager Mike Redmond said.

Alvarez (6-4) had been on quite a roll himself, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his last nine games. He was 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA during that stretch, and the Marlins had won his last 10 outings — a club record for one of their starters.

He was particularly tough on the Mets, going 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his past five starts against them. But this time, Alvarez was tagged for eight hits and a season-high six earned runs in five ineffective innings.

"He made a lot of mistakes over the plate on the center-cut fastballs and they did some damage with them," Redmond said. "He didn't have the type of movement he's had over his last few starts. That ended up being the difference."

Christian Yelich hit an RBI single in the fifth, but that was it for Miami.

Donovan Solano tried to score from first on Casey McGehee's fourth-inning double, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a tough play in the left-field corner and combined with Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada on a strong relay that cut down Solano at the plate.

"Right now, our bats have been quiet. We haven't gotten a whole lot going over the last three or four days and we have to pick it up and try to win these next two games and go out on a positive note," Redmond said.

Lagares got the Mets started with a two-out double in the second and Tejada hit an RBI single, ending Alvarez's scoreless streak against New York at 20 innings. Wheeler then short-hopped the left-field fence between the 358 and 370 signs for his second extra-base hit and fourth RBI in 58 career at-bats.

Continue reading this story on the...