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NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes turned a little trickler into a lot of trouble.
Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games with an infield single that set up Miami's big inning, and the Marlins stretched the New York Mets' home losing skid to a month with a 4-2 win Tuesday night.
"That's good I got on base," Reyes said. "It's not easy to get a hit."
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Reyes beat out a nubber up the first base line, helping the Marlins score four times in the fourth. He has the longest hitting string in the majors this year.
Booed again at Citi Field, the former Mets All-Star shortstop was all smiles after the game.
"It is what it is," he said. "I'm good. They can do whatever they want here."
Giancarlo Stanton hit a sacrifice fly after being activated from the disabled list for the Marlins.
On the day the Mets unveiled the logo to host the 2013 All-Star game and attached the insignia to the center-field scoreboard, they lost their eighth in a row at home. Their previous win in the park came July 7 against the Cubs.
Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Bay's stay as the full-time left fielder was coming to an end. A three-time All-Star, Bay signed a $66 million, four-year deal with the Mets before the 2010 season.
Beset by injuries since joining the Mets, Bay is hitting just .157 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 134 at-bats.
"I'm trying to be a realist with all that's happened," Bay said. "I'm not always the best option."
"This didn't blindside me. I've had some time to digest this," he added. "I don't want to be a distraction."
Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc, pitching on his 28th birthday, left after allowing a leadoff homer to Murphy in the fifth that made it 4-1. LeBlanc made his second start of the season in the majors, and manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game that the left-hander would throw about 85 pitches. Murphy's homer came on LeBlanc's 85th pitch.
"I'm keeping the team in the game. But I'd like to do it for more than four innings," he said.
LeBlanc has mostly been in the minors this season and pronounced it a good day "anytime you can spend a birthday in the major leagues."
Reyes already has done more damage than he did in his return to Citi Field in late April, when he went 1 for 12 as the Mets swept Miami. Before this series opener, he said he had no regrets about signing a $106 million, six-year deal during the offseason with the disappointing Marlins.
Reyes hustled ahead of a hurried, wide throw by Jonathon Niese (8-6), and later scored. Reyes became the first reigning NL batting champion to have a 25-game hitting streak since Rogers Hornsby in 1922, the Marlins said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.
|Jose Reyes -- booed in his Citi Field return -- legs out a trickler to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games. (Getty Images)|
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|Donovan Solano , 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.263|
|Justin Ruggiano , CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.345|
|Jose Reyes , SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.287|
|Carlos Lee , 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.291|
|Giancarlo Stanton , RF||3||0||0||1||0||2||0||.281|
|Austin Kearns , LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Nick Green , 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.200|
|John Buck , C||3||0||2||2||1||1||0||.177|
|Wade LeBlanc , RP||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Gorkys Hernandez , PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.053|
|Greg Dobbs , PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.305|
|2B - N Green (1); J Buck (12)|
|RBI - C Lee (49); G Stanton (51); J Buck 2 (29)|
|SF - G Stanton (1)|
|SB - J Ruggiano (9)|
|Carlos Zambrano (W,7-9)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.43|
|Steve Cishek (S,7)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.74|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada , SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.321|
|Daniel Murphy , 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.305|
|David Wright , 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.323|
|Scott Hairston , LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.263|
|a-Jordany Valdespin , PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Jason Bay , LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.157|
|Ronny Cedeno , SS||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.295|
|b-Ike Davis , PH-1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Andres Torres , CF||3||0||1||1||1||1||2||.235|
|Josh Thole , C||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.259|
|Jonathon Niese , SP||3||0||1||0||0||2||3||.216|
|Justin Turner , PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.291|
|a-Fouled out for S Hairston in the 9th.|
|b-Singled for R Cedeno in the 5th.|
|HR - D Murphy (4)|
|RBI - D Murphy (49); A Torres (26)|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (L,8-6)||6.0||8||4||4||1||4||0||3.82|
|Attendance - 28968|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jerry Meals|