Pablo Lopez pitched six innings, JJ Bleday hit a two-run homer and the visiting Miami Marlins knocked the New York Mets out of sole possession of first place in the NL East with a 6-4 victory Tuesday night.
The Mets (97-58) moved into a tie in the National League East for first for the second time this season when Atlanta closed out an 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. New York has held sole possession of the division lead for every day except April 11 and Sept. 6 and Sept. 9
Lopez (10-10), who entered with an 11.34 ERA in four starts against the Mets this year, allowed three runs on five hits. He allowed his runs on a homer by Pete Alonso, who became the first player in New York history with multiple 40-homer seasons.
Lopez struck out five, walked none after getting a lead before he threw a pitch.
After Anderson and Cooper had consecutive singles to load the bases. Bryan De La Cruz lifted a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead and Anderson scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Marlins opened a 4-0 cushion when Bleday hit a 2-1 for his fifth career homer. After Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor opened the fourth with consecutive hits, Alonso hit a 2-2 changeup to left field.
Brian Anderson collected three hits and Jacob Stallings hit a two-run single as the Marlins (64-90) collected 11 hits overall but also lost Garrett Cooper to a fractured left hand when he was plunked in the fifth.
Miami reloaded the bases in the fifth and extended its lead to 6-3 on Stallings’ bloop single to center.
The Mets dropped to 46-23 against divisional opponents as Carlos Carrasco (15-7) allowed four runs on six hits in three innings. It ended a career-high streak of the right-hander allowing three earned runs or less in 12 consecutive starts and he lost for the first time in 10 career starts against the Marlins.
Huascar Brazoban pitched a scoreless seventh and Richard Bleier withstood three balks that allowed Jeff McNeil to score and led to his and manager Don Mattingly’s ejection in the eighth.
Dylan Floro struck out the side for his eighth save.