Tejada chose to bunt but struck the ball too hard back to pitcher Bryan Morris, who fielded it, whirled and cut down Murphy at third with time to spare.
"Because [Tejada] can handle the bat, if he was more comfortable trying to get a base hit to right field, I was fine with that," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He opted to bunt, but just couldn't get the bunt down the third-base line."
Rather than have a runner on third with one out, the Mets had a runner on first. They didn't score, and the Marlins took the lead for good a half-inning later on Michael Morse's RBI single.
"Especially in that situation -- tie game, late in the game, too -- I feel a little bit bad for it," Tejada said.
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