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Alvarez's Return: Mets Limited to 2 Runs, Marlins Take Series Opener

Alvarez's Return: Mets Limited to 2 Runs, Marlins Take Series Opener

Mets' Big Return Fails to Turn Tide: Marlins Secure Series Opener 4-2

The Mets welcomed back Francisco Alvarez, but the Marlins weren't fazed. Despite Alvarez's return after a two-month absence, the Amazins stumbled in the first game of a three-game clash with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Carlos Mendoza's squad struggled at the plate, mustering just two runs on four hits in their 4-2 defeat.

Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo held the Mets' bats in check for most of the game, pitching 5.2 innings and conceding only two runs while striking out four. Although Mark Vientos' two-RBI double in the second inning hinted at a promising offensive night, Luzardo shut down any further scoring opportunities.

On the mound, Mets' starter Tylor Megill put in a solid performance, allowing two earned runs over 4.2 innings while striking out four. However, a critical throwing error by Vientos allowed the Marlins to snatch a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, ultimately tilting the game in their favor.

Despite commendable relief efforts from Danny Young, Sean Reid-Foley, and Drew Smith, Adam Ottavino's ninth-inning slip-up, surrendering a run on a sacrifice fly, gave the Marlins a comfortable lead. Tanner Scott sealed the deal with a six-out save, securing the victory for the last-place Marlins.

With their sights set on redemption, the Mets aim to level the series on Wednesday night with southpaw David Peterson taking the mound. Fresh off a strong performance against the Washington Nationals, where he pitched 6.2 innings and conceded only two runs, Peterson looks to continue his solid form. Braxton Garrett will counter for the Marlins, with a season ERA of 4.56.

In the wake of their series-opening loss, the Mets find themselves in a familiar position: regrouping for the next battle. Despite the setback, the return of Francisco Alvarez injected hope into the lineup, showcasing the team's resilience in the face of adversity. As they prepare for the next matchup, the Mets will lean on their collective strengths, aiming to bounce back and seize victory. With David Peterson on the mound and determination in their hearts, they look to turn the tide and even the series, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown against the Marlins.