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Stanton homers twice in Marlins' rout of Mets

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NEW YORK -- He crushed the second one, but didn't even get all of the first one, Chris Young was saying.

The New York Mets starter was offering a combination of respect and frustration after Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton homered off him twice as part of a four-hit night in the Marlins' 13-0 rout Wednesday.

A day after returning from the disabled list, Stanton hit a pair of two-run homers, giving him 21 on the season after he missed nearly a month following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

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.

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, sending New York to its ninth straight loss at home.

"You're asking the wrong guy. Obviously, I wasn't very good at it," Young said of pitching to Stanton. "He's a great hitter. He's extremely talented. The second one, he crushed. The first one, he didn't even get and he still hit it out, he's that strong. "He's a good hitter. You tip your cap. Sometimes he gets you and tonight was one of those nights and hopefully next time I execute a little bit better."

The Mets need to be a lot better at home, where they have suddenly fallen into a sinkhole.

"We're not getting the timely hit, we're not pitching well. We're not playing good baseball," Mets catcher Josh Thole said. "Losing sucks any way, but in front of your home fans, you feel like you're letting them down a little bit."

The Marlins have suffered letdowns for most of the season, but had an uplifting night, thanks largely to Stanton, who changed the look of the lineup upon his return. The big night even allowed him to smile about his surgically repaired right knee, which felt "terrible," he joked.

"It was good to get in a little groove there and hit some balls hard back-to-back," he said.

The Marlins hit plenty of balls hard against Young (3-6), who lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, including the home runs to Reyes and Stanton in the three-run first.

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.

"He's still learning how to hit," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of Stanton. "This kid is going to be fun to watch."

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.

"I don't hit too many home runs, but when I hit one you know I'm going to enjoy it," said Reyes, who added he wasn't focusing on the hitting streak and that his hand felt OK after the game.

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, 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. ... Reyes is tied with Emilio Bonifacio for the team's second-longest hitting streak, behind Luis Castillo, who hit in 35 straight in 2002. ... Stanton will get a day off in Thursday's day game following Wednesday's night game, Guillen said.
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