WHAT IT MEANS: Only 23 games left in the season. Jason Bay had a two-run homer in the ninth. Terry Collins said Bay would get a pre-scheduled day off Tuesday.
New York Mets
FALSE START: Chris Capuano allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three in four innings. It was his shortest start as a Met as well as his fifth second-half start against Florida.
"It was frustrating," Capuano said. "I never really could settle into a good rhythm. The ball was kind of flat coming out of my hand, up a little bit. I just couldn't really make that adjustment."
Capuano nonetheless upped his season earnings in a heavily incentive-based contract to $3.225 million by crossing 160 innings pitched. He will earn $75,000 for each additional start this season and $200,000 apiece assuming he crosses 170 and 180 innings pitched.
UNEARNED: Reliever D.J. Carrasco allowed seven hits and hit a batter in two innings, but only one of the three runs were earned.
CATCHING ON: Josh Thole was stung momentarily when crossed up by one Ryota Igarashi pitch, but pronounced himself fine in his return to the starting lineup. Thole had suffered bruises to the wrist and thumb Thursday.
WHAT’S NEXT: Miguel Batista (4-2, 4.33 ERA) makes his second start for the Mets. He opposes Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad (5-12, 5.48) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. Right-hander Chris Schwinden, first baseman Valentino Pascucci and outfielder Mike Baxter are due to join the Mets from Triple-A Buffalo.