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NEW YORK -- A day after returning from the disabled list, Giancarlo Stanton was back to inflicting damage on an opponent from the middle of the Miami Marlins' lineup.

The Marlins right fielder hit two home runs, had four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Marlins to a 13-0 rout of the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Ex-Met Jose Reyes also homered against his old team, extending his career-high hitting streak to 26 games, the longest streak in the majors this season. Reyes was tied with Emilio Bonifacio for the team's second-longest streak, behind Luis Castillo, who hit in 35 straight in 2002.

Bryan Petersen added a three-run triple in the eighth and Greg Dobbs smacked a two-run homer in the ninth as the Marlins beat the Mets for the second straight night.

Chris Young (3-6) coughed up seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings and Garrett Olson allowed four runs in the eighth inning before Frank Francisco gave up the final two runs on Dobbs' homer.

Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to 13 games for the Mets, who managed just five hits in the game.

Nathan Eovaldi (3-7) pitched five shutout innings, walking six and giving up four hits, but wiggling out of trouble, before two Marlins relievers completed the shutout.

Stanton's performance followed his 0-for-3 night Tuesday, his first game since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on July 8.

Miami chased Young with five runs in the fourth as Stanton hit his second two-run homer and picked up his third hit of the game.

After Carlos Lee gave the Marlins a 5-0 lead with a two-run single, Stanton followed with his second homer to left, and his 21st of the season, to put them up 7-0.

Reyes sparked the Marlins' three-run first with his eighth home run of the season, with two outs. The now routine boos for the former Mets fan favorite had barely been completed before he drove a 0-1 pitch out to right for a 1-0 lead. Reyes, whose sore right hand was wrapped, said before the game the injury sustained on a swing against the Washington Nationals didn't bother him as much from the left side of the plate as it did from the right.

After Lee walked, Stanton drilled his first home run since July 1 out to left for a 3-0 lead.

NOTES: Mets manager Terry Collins enacted his new strategy of benching struggling left fielder Jason Bay against most right-handers, starting Jordany Valdespin in left and Mike Baxter in right against Eovaldi. ... Mets left-hander Johan Santana threw his scheduled bullpen Wednesday and should be set to return from the disabled list and start Saturday, Collins said. ... Lucas Duda's swing has looked good in Class AAA Buffalo, Collins said he was told by Bisons manager Wally Backman. Duda, who was demoted last month after a slump that dropped his average to .241, needs to hit the ball to left-center more and not try to pull it as much, Collins said. He could platoon in left field with Bay when he returns. ... Marlins reliever Heath Bell has earned the right to close again, manager Ozzie Guillen said, though he didn't guarantee he would do so Wednesday if a save situation presented itself. "Right now, I think he's pitched good enough to get back to the closer role," Guillen said of Bell, who was dropped from the role at the All-Star break after struggling with six blown saves in the first half.

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