NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes received a standing ovation before his first at-bat. He then had a quiet return to his original organization, as the New York Mets had a five-game win streak snapped Tuesday at Citi Field.
Steven Matz took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning before he surrendered a go-ahead, two-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton homered twice and had a career-high-tying five RBIs in the game, and the Miami Marlins beat the Mets 5-2.
Playing in his first game with the Mets since Sept. 28, 2011, Reyes went 0-for-4. He received no chances at third base, aside from catching a ninth-inning throw from catcher Travis d'Arnaud on a successful steal attempt. It was Reyes' first major league game at the position. He struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat and grounded out twice and popped out.
"They showed me a lot of love," Reyes said about the warm reception from the Citi Field faithful. "I respect that. I just tipped my helmet as appreciation from me. I didn't know what to expect when I came here today. To see the crowd reaction like that, that was good."
Stanton’s homer against Matz, which staked Miami to a 2-1 lead, left the slugger's bat at 119.7 mph. That is the second-fastest exit velocity on a long ball in the majors this season, trailing only Mike Trout's April 25 shot against Joakim Soria that registered 120.5 mph, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Stanton, who entered the day 2-for-22 with one home run against the Mets this season, also produced a three-run homer against Erik Goeddel in the eighth inning.
Despite being only 26 years old, Stanton has the fourth-most homers against the Mets among active players. Only a trio of aging players who did their damage primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies -- Ryan Howard (45), Chase Utley (38) and Jimmy Rollins (33) -- have more long balls against the Mets than Stanton’s 24. (Rollins was released by the Chicago White Sox last month and is currently unemployed.)
"It doesn't surprise me," newly selected All-Star Yoenis Cespedes said through an interpreter about the prodigious shot off Matz. "I know Stanton can hit it farther than me."
Cespedes' solo homer against Wei-Yin Chen in the fourth had staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead. It was Cespedes’ 21st homer this season.
Trailing 2-1, the Mets (45-38) placed two on base with two outs in the seventh against Chen, but Juan Lagares lined out to right field.
Alejandro De Aza, who was spared being designated for assignment when the Mets needed to clear a roster spot for Reyes on Tuesday, delivered a pinch-hit homer against Fernando Rodney in the eighth. Matt Reynolds was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to accommodate Reyes' arrival.
Matz (7-4) is winless in seven starts since May 25, but he was highly effective Tuesday, aside from Stanton’s home run. Matz allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six in seven innings.
"My command was great tonight," said Matz, who is pitching through a bone spur in his pitching elbow. "It's a good sign I'm moving in the right direction. I'm just watching the volume in between starts, managing that."
On Stanton's homer, Matz added: "I threw him a changeup because he hadn't seen that today, and the ball was just up and he put a good swing on it."