Two-out damage was simply too much for the Marlins to overcome on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wilmer Flores belted two homers and drove in six runs as the Mets rolled to a 9-1 victory, with seven runs coming with two outs. Nathan Eovaldi was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings, as his second-half struggles continue. In Eovaldi's last seven starts, the right-hander is 0-6 with a 6.56 ERA.
When Dillon Gee takes to the Citi Field mound Wednesday night against the Marlins opposite righty Henderson Alvarez, he'll try to continue to inch back toward the first-half effectiveness that has eluded him in recent months. Alvarez is enjoying a breakout year, but has been hampered lately by injuries.
Steve Cishek doesn't seek much individual attention, but the Marlins closer fully embraces the honor of being named Miami's 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton underwent a series of checkups in Miami on Tuesday, and indications are that the two-time All-Star will not be medically cleared to return before the season ends on Sept. 28 at Washington.