MIAMI -- The New York Mets suddenly have lost consecutive series.
Dee Gordon delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly against Bartolo Colon in the seventh and Ichiro Suzuki belted a three-run homer against Alex Torres an inning later as the Miami Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3, in Wednesday’s rubber game.
Since a franchise record-matching 11-game winning streak, the Mets (15-7) have lost four of six during stops in the Bronx and Miami.
Bidding to become the first Mets pitcher since Pedro Martinez to win his first five starts of a season, Colon instead was handed the defeat. He allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out two in 6 2/3 innings.
Colon surrendered a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning that evened the score at 2.
After the Mets had taken a 3-2 lead on Lucas Duda's RBI groundout, Colon surrendered a run-scoring infield hit to Stanton in the fifth as Miami (10-12) again evened the score. Pinch-runner Donovan Solano scored on the play. Solano had entered after pitcher Mat Latos opened the frame with a single and departed with a left hamstring strain.
With the score tied at 3 in the seventh, Adeiny Hechavarria produced a leadoff double against Colon. After pinch-hitter Reid Brignac bunted Hechavarria to third base, Gordon delivered the sacrifice fly.
Torres had inherited runners on the corners with one out from Hansel Robles in the eighth. Torres had not allowed a run in his past eight appearances.
Debutant: Left-hander Jack Leathersich made his major league debut when he entered with two outs in the eighth inning and the Mets trailing by four runs. Leathersich quickly fired a pair of 93 mph strikes against lefty-hitting Justin Bour. With the count 1-2, Bour smoked a shot off the right-field wall. He was thrown out at second base and was credited with a long single.
Off the schneid? Michael Cuddyer delivered a two-run homer in the first inning against Latos to open the scoring. Cuddyer had been 2-for-28 in his previous eight games.
What’s next: The Mets host the Nationals in a four-game series. Jacob deGrom (2-2, 2.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 4.88) in Thursday’s 7:10 p.m. ET opener. Strasburg is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA in five career starts at Citi Field. He has limited the Mets to a .171 batting average at Citi Field.
The Mets will need a win Thursday to match the franchise record for April victories. They went 16-10 in 2002 and 16-8 in 2006.