MIAMI -- Well, you cannot blame the bullpen for this one. For only the fifth game this season, the Mets never held a lead.
The Mets dropped to 16-16. They are .500 for the first time since April 22 (10-10). They have lost five of six since opening their road trip with a win in Philadelphia.
Miami improved to 16-5 at Marlins Park, matching the 1997 World Series champion team for the best 21-game home start in franchise history.
Alvarez became the first Marlin since Dontrelle Willis on July 3, 2005, to shut out the Mets.
Bartolo Colon surrendered three runs in seven innings and dropped to 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA. Colon (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP) had not been three games under .500 since he was released by the Chicago White Sox with a 3-6 record in 2009.
The Mets mustered six hits and did not have many scoring opportunities. They made the least of the few chances they had:
• With two in scoring position and two outs in the sixth, David Wright grounded out to shortstop against Alvarez as Miami maintained a 3-0 lead.
• Two innings earlier, Juan Lagares had a leadoff double -- his fifth two-bagger in five starts since returning from the disabled list.
On third base later that inning with one out, Lagares started to break toward the plate on Wright’s sinking liner to center. Breaking toward home on contact and not immediately retreating to third base prevented a potential tag-up, although it’s worth noting that center fielder Marcell Ozuna -- who charged in and snared Wright’s liner -- has the strongest arm in Miami’s organization.