NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Pelfrey is used to things going wrong when he pitches against Florida. This time, he blamed himself for the botched bunt coverage that sank the Mets.
Javier Vazquez allowed only three singles in seven sharp innings for his first win in more than a month and the Marlins broke out of their funk with a five-run seventh to beat New York 6-0 on Tuesday night.
The game was scoreless in the seventh when the Mets left first base unmanned on Vazquez's bunt, allowing Florida to load the bases with nobody out.
``A couple of different people saw a couple of different things, and that's why it didn't work,' third baseman David Wright said.
Second baseman Justin Turner signaled for a pickoff try but Pelfrey went to the plate instead, leaving Turner in no man's land on a wheel play.
``I shot myself in the foot there,' Pelfrey said. ``I should have stepped off or threw to second. The worst thing I can do in that situation is go home. He showed me the open glove, that's on me.'
Emilio Bonifacio's single put the Marlins ahead and Greg Dobbs drove in a run with a groundout. Logan Morrison hit a two-run single off lefty Tim Byrdak, and Gaby Sanchez added an RBI single.
That was more than enough for Vazquez, who became the 30th major league pitcher to reach 2,500 career strikeouts when he fanned Lucas Duda to end the sixth.
After the game, Vazquez was handed a 2004 bottle of Italian wine by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
``Some gesture of the moment,' Loria said.
``Thank you, Jeffrey,' the pitcher responded.
As for Pelfrey, he fell to 0-8 in 16 starts against the Marlins since beating them in his major league debut on July 8, 2006.
``I think we're lucky we scored 17 runs in my debut,' the right-hander said. ``I was in here watching on TV when they showed the graphic - I thought it was more than that. It feels like more. It gives me extra incentive. They definitely have my number, that's for sure.'
The Mets had won four straight following a five-game losing streak.
Mike Cameron doubled to start the big rally for the Marlins, who shuffled their slumping lineup. Mike Stanton added his 31st homer in the ninth, an opposite-field drive into the second deck in right.
``I think he has the most raw power I have ever seen,' New York manager Terry Collins said. ``I've never seen a guy generate that kind of power before.'
Florida managed only two runs, on a pair of solo homers, while getting swept in Monday's doubleheader after both teams returned from a two-day break due to Hurricane Irene. But the last-place Marlins broke through against Pelfrey (7-11) and won for just the fifth time in 24 games.
Vazquez (8-11) retired 13 in a row before Josh Thole's two-out single in the fifth. Finally provided some run support, he evened his career record at 160-160 with 2,500 Ks.
``I don't think I'm going to stick around for 3,000,' Vazquez said. ``I'm not going to play for that long. This might be it.'
The right-hander struck out six and walked one in his seventh consecutive quality start, though he was 0-2 in his previous five outings since beating Washington on July 27.
Michael Dunn struck out Duda with the bases loaded to end the eighth and Leo Nunez completed the six-hitter, Florida's eighth shutout of the season.
Pelfrey threw a career-high 125 pitches over six innings in a victory last Wednesday at Philadelphia, but had enough in the tank to hold Florida scoreless for the first six innings.
Cameron, picked off second base in a key situation Monday, opened the seventh with a double and John Buck walked. Vazquez was sent up to sacrifice but wound up with a single when the Mets bungled their bunt coverage.
``Pelfrey threw the ball well. He didn't deserve the loss, much less those runs,' Wright said.
NOTES: RHP Chris Volstad (5-11) starts Wednesday night for Florida against LHP Chris Capuano (10-11). Volstad is 0-3 in three starts since he was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 12. Capuano pitched a two-hit shutout with a career-best 13 strikeouts Friday against Atlanta, throwing a season-high 122 pitches. ... Mets SS Jose Reyes got his 35th stolen base, his first since returning from a strained left hamstring Monday. He also made his second error in two games. ... RHP Miguel Batista is slated to make a spot start for New York in the series finale Thursday night. The Mets will be the 10th major league team for the 40-year-old Batista.
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