Their wonderful 2011 tradition of first-inning runs put the Fish in a 3-0 hole against the Mets. Chris Volstad gave up the three runs after allowing a one-out single to Justin Turner, and a walk to Carlos Beltran. David Wright's RBI double scored the first run, Daniel Murphy drove in the second with a single, and Angel Pagan's sac fly gave the Mets a 3-run lead.
The Marlins have allowed two runs or more in every game of their current losing streak. Coincidence? Uh, no.
The Fish would tie up the game by scoring single runs in the first, second and third innings against Mike Pelfrey. Emilio Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single to lead off the first, stole second, and moved to third on Omar Infantes fly out. Logan Morrison added a sac fly to score Boni, and cut the Mets' lead to two.
Mike Stanton's solo shot in the second brought the Marlins within a run, and in the third, Bonifacio struck again. He walked to lead off the inning, and tied the game on a single by Omar Infante, thanks to Lucas Duda's less-than-enthusiastic throw back to the infield.
Chris Volstad would go just five innings for the Marlins, and he gave up an unearned run to the Mets in the fourth. Reyes singled, and Turner reached on a fielding error by Bonifacio before a single by Beltran put the Mets back on top, 4-3.
Gaby Sanchez would tie up the game once again in the sixth with a solo home run, but the Mets got the run right back in the top of the seventh thanks to a walk and a throwing error by Steve Cishek.
In the bottom of the inning the Fish tied it up again with a sac fly by LoMo, after a single and two walks had loaded the bases.
But the Mets weren't about to let up. They scored a run when Wright hit an RBI double off of Edward Mujica, and Daniel Murphy added an RBI double against Randy Choate to make it 7-5.
The Marlins would score again in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single by Gregg Dobbs, but they couldn't make up the rest of the deficit, and dropped their series opener to the Mets, 7-6.