Jose Reyes was booed hastily in all three games at Citi Field.
The former Mets shortstop went just 1-for-12 in the series.
“Jose Reyes is a human being and one of the nicest people I’ve ever been around,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “If it didn’t bother him I’d be shocked, because he gave his heart and soul to the people here.”
Collins thinks fans booed Reyes in his return to New York as a visitor because he laid down a bunt in his final game with the Mets before departing so he could capture the N.L batting title.
“To let one little incident happen last year the last day to bother the first seven years here, I hope that’s not true,” Collins said. “But that’s what I guess it was about, yeah.”
Reyes said the Mets never made him an offer, and the Marlins eventually signed the speedster to a six-year, $106 million contract.
On the season, Reyes is hitting just .205.
• Justin Turner capped off a 13-pitch, pinch-hit at-bat by drawing the game-tying walk against Marlins closer Heath Bell in the bottom of the ninth.
“It was a tremendous at-bat. To fight all those pitches off, to take the breaking balls, I mean, a terrific at-bat, it really was,” Collins said.
Bell, who threw 46 pitches in ninth, walked four. His ERA is now an inflated 9.53 and his record is 0-3.
“I was feeling pretty comfortable,” Turner said. “He was making some pretty good pitches, and I was able to foul them off. When you're up there for that long, you kind of get that locked in feeling. He ended up yanking a fastball a little bit, that last one off the plate. I also missed a lot of decent pitches I should have hit.”
• Kirk Nieuwenhuis continues to impress.
The 24-year-old rookie center fielder went 3-for-5 with his first-career triple and his first-career walk-off hit -- a two-out single to deep right which allowed the Mets to sweep the Marlins and come away with a 3-2 victory.
“He’s gonna be a great player. He’s done a great job,” Collins said. “As I’ve told you before, he grinds it out every game. [When] game-time comes, he’s all business. He plays the game hard, plays the game right, and right now he’s been terrific, and I hope it continues.”
Nieuwenhuis’ game-winning hit was the Mets’ first with the bases loaded this season. They had been 0-for-15, the longest drought with the bases loaded to start a season in club history.
• The Mets have four walk-off wins this season. ... They have six come-from-behind victories in 2012. ... They collected their first win of the season when trailing after eight innings. They had been 0-8. ... The Mets are 5-1 in one-run games. ... Ike Davis drew his first walk in seven games. Jordany Valdespin, making his first major-league start, batting eighth and playing left field, went 0-for-3.