Marlins come up empty in pivotal seventh

Miami loads bases with no outs, but can't break up scoreless game

Marlins come up empty in pivotal seventh

NEW YORK -- Their chance for a sweep turned in the seventh inning Wednesday, when the Marlins watched a bases-loaded, no-out situation slip away without a run. The momentum swung to the Mets, and they scored twice in their half of the inning, and held on to hand Miami a 2-1 loss at Citi Field.

An otherwise good road trip ended with disappointment, as the Marlins knew they could have exited New York with a winning record rather a 3-4 mark.

"Obviously, the seventh there, is an inning that kind of flips the game," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We have a chance to put one or more on the board there with contact. We just weren't able to do it there. Their guy did a nice job, and they come back and get the key hit."

Mattingly on Marlins' 2-1 loss

In a scoreless game, Martin Prado singled off Jim Henderson, who then walked Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto. Hansel Robles relieved Henderson and struck out Miguel Rojas and pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich. The Mets then turned to Jerry Blevins, who got Dee Gordon to fly out to left to end the inning.

The Mets responded with Kevin Plawecki slapping a two-run single to left.

"They were able to get the big hit," Mattingly said. "We didn't."

Had the Marlins won, they would have swept the three games at New York, and gone over .500 for the first time since being 64-63 on Aug. 22, 2014.

The Marlins were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and stranded nine on the day.

Despite the final score, the constant all season has been unwavering determination. The team is playing hard until the final out. The Marlins went 3-2 on the trip, which included splitting two in Washington.

"We went out there to win today," Prado said. "It didn't happen, but the thing is, everybody went out there and played hard. That's all you can ask for. This is just part of the process of the season. We're trying to execute the little things, but sometimes it doesn't happen the way we wanted."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.