|N.Y. Mets (66-82)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|W: H. Alvarez (4-4) L: C. Torres (3-5) S: S. Cishek (30)|
HR: MIA - D. Solano (3) NYM - None
Recap:The Marlins' 2B Donovan Solano got some payback after he was hit by two pitches, launching a home run and making two terrific defensive plays that sent Henderson Alvarez and the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 3-0 in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday.
Logan Morrison drove in two runs, one on a line drive off Frank Francisco's right hand that knocked the oft-injured reliever out of the game. Alvarez (4-4) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his second win against the Mets this year.
New York dropped to 3-10 in September and 6-11 this season against the Marlins, who have the NL's worst record at 55-92. The defeat ensured the Mets' fifth straight losing season since Citi Field opened.
Alvarez, who beat New York 3-2 on July 31, struck out five and walked none to help the Marlins win for the 12th time in 40 games.
Chad Qualls worked a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek struck out three for his 30th save in 32 attempts. He has converted 25 in a row.
Carlos Torres (3-5) hit Solano with pitches in his first two plate appearances, the first one near wrist and the next time on the left shoulder. Solano looked pretty irritated by the second one, but his catcher Travis d'Arnaud and plate umpire Tim Welke quickly stepped in front of him and there was no trouble.
Solano exacted the best sort of revenge with a leadoff homer against Torres in the sixth to make it 2-0. The second baseman also robbed Omar Quintanilla twice, making a diving play to thwart a fifth-inning rally and a sliding stop to save a run in the seventh.
The traditional doubleheader was scheduled to make up a June 7 rainout. With both teams fading at the bottom of the NL East, it promised to be a long day for both players and the hearty fans who showed up on a pleasant late afternoon.
Frank Francisco immediately left the game in obvious pain when he was struck by a line drive by Logan Morrison, he was sent for X-rays. The team said he had a bruised hand. The right-hander had been out all season following elbow surgery until he was activated last weekend.
Six games into this 11-game home-stand, the Mets have been out-homered, 16-2 ... Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 with a run scored ... Matt den Dekker had two New York's hits ... Miami was just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.