MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are no longer baseball's best home team. In fact, on their latest homestand they were downright bad.
Rookie Anthony DeSclafani lasted only 3 2-3 innings and Miami allowed season-high totals in runs and hits Sunday while losing to the New York Mets 11-5.
Ten days ago the Marlins had the best home record in the majors, but they went 3-7 on their longest homestand of the year, losing all three series. As a result, Miami (37-38) fell below .500 for the first time since April 30.
"You just have to keeping grinding and stay positive," first baseman Garrett Jones said. "It's a long season. Every team runs into this type of thing where the offense isn't clicking and the pitching isn't clicking."
Offense was the biggest problem for most of the homestand. With runners in scoring position the Marlins went 13 for 79 (.165).
But pitching was Miami's downfall on Sunday. DeSclafani (1-2), making his fourth major league start, put the Marlins behind 7-0 and departed with a 7.59 ERA.
The right-hander was unable to keep the ball down or throw breaking pitches for strikes.
"I fell behind hitters, and the fastballs were flying up in the zone," he said. "When that happens, you're not going to get the results you want."
Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer and the Mets matched a season high with 17 hits to help Jonathon Niese (4-4) win for the first time since May 22. He allowed less than four earned runs for the 19th consecutive start, giving up three in six innings.
Niese drove in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, but the bulk of the offense came from higher in the order. David Wright drove in a run for the sixth game in a row.
Murphy had two hits, including his sixth homer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A, doubled twice off DeSclafani, who gave up seven hits.