New York Mets at Miami Marlins
- The Mets and Marlins are part of a tightening NL East in which all five teams are grouped within 1.5 games. Each of the five clubs also features a record over .500.
- The Mets salvaged the finale of their four-game series at Colorado with a 5-1 victory on Sunday. New York improved to 14-2 when permitting no more than three runs.
- The Marlins have averaged 6.8 runs while winning five of their past six games. They've hit .335 and slugged .609 as a team, totaling 17 doubles and 12 home runs over the six games.
- With three hits on Sunday, Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest of his career. He's collected multiple hits in seven of 17 games this season, being shut out only once.
- After batting .129 through his first 24 games with the Mets, Curtis Granderson has hit .368 (7-for-19) over his past five games, driving in at least one run in each of the last three (five total RBI over the three games).
- Giancarlo Stanton clubbed two home runs and drove in three runs Sunday, assuming the major-league lead with seven homers at home. He also leads MLB with 29 RBI at home, where all but seven of his 36 RBI this season have come.
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By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO
(AP) -- The Miami Marlins are among the best offensive teams in baseball, and that's mostly due to their success at home.
Coming off another victory in their final at-bat, the Marlins look to continue their surge in South Florida by beating the New York Mets at home for the fourth straight time Tuesday night.
Miami (17-15) is batting .271 to rank third in the majors, while its 33 homers and 153 runs are also among the best in baseball.
Much of the Marlins' offensive success has come while going 15-5 at home. They're second in the majors with a .305 home batting average while hitting 21 homers with 121 runs.
Miami averaged 7.2 runs while going 4-1 on the first half of its 10-game homestand, and though it's only totaled nine runs in the last two, it has come through in the clutch. Jeff Baker's two-out RBI double sealed a walkoff 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday before Casey McGehee's ninth-inning single secured Monday's 4-3 win over the Mets, completing a rally from a three-run deficit in the eighth.
"The Marlins have been hot, especially in this park and late," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They can be really tough."
McGehee certainly fits that bill. The third baseman is hitting .355 with 19 RBIs at Marlins Park, going 11 for 26 over the past six games there after getting two hits Monday.
He's hitting .234 with two RBIs on the road.
Pitching, though, has keyed Miami's six wins over the past eight home meetings with New York, as the staff has a 2.84 ERA while holding the Mets to a .224 average.
The Marlins will try to keep that going by giving the ball to Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28 ERA), who's 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA over his last three starts against the Mets (16-15). That includes yielding two runs in six innings while not getting a decision in a 4-3 loss at New York on April 25.
The right-hander, though, followed that up with a less impressive performance Thursday against Atlanta. He gave up two homers in a game for the first time since Sept. 24, 2012, with those accounting for the four runs he allowed over six innings before the Marlins rallied to win 5-4.
The Mets have dropped four of five, and will give the ball to Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65), who has lost three of four starts behind a 7.61 ERA.
The right-hander also has surrendered an NL worst-tying seven homers, and the four he's given up in the first inning lead the majors. He allowed a solo shot in the opening inning Thursday, giving up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-4 loss at Colorado.
"My two-seamer wasn't going where I wanted it to go," Colon told the team's official website through an interpreter. "I didn't have any command from the first inning on. I had no control of where the ball was going.
Colon hasn't faced the Marlins since 2002 with Montreal.
Updated May 6, 2014