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Game: 2
Venue: Sun Life Stadium
Date: July 23, 2011 7:10 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Chris Capuano started the game with three consecutive strikeouts, wiggled out of two early jams and took a shutout into the sixth inning.

Three batters later, the New York Mets' lead was gone for good, and they lost Saturday to the Florida Marlins 8-5.

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``I wish I knew,' manager Terry Collins said. ``He was pitching so well, making pitch after pitch.'

But because of his letdown in the sixth, Capuano (8-10) lost for the second time this week going against Clay Hensley, the victor when they faced each other Monday in New York.

The fateful inning started with an infield single by Emilio Bonifacio. He scored on a triple by Omar Infante, and Gaby Sanchez's homer put the Marlins ahead 3-2.

``It all comes down to execution,' Capuano said. ``It was a couple pitches that didn't quite get down to where I wanted to get them. It can hurt you in a hurry.'

Sanchez's 15th homer in the sixth put the Marlins ahead for the first time in five games. He hit another homer in the seventh off D.J. Carrasco and has three in the past two games.

``We're going to have to change the way we go about pitching him,' Collins said.

Logan Morrison added his 14th home run for Florida.

``It's instant offense for sure,' Morrison said.

Capuano, who lost his third start in a row, allowed six hits and four runs in six innings.

Bonifacio's hit in the sixth extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He added a second infield hit, scored twice, robbed Angel Pagan of a hit with a nifty play at third base and tied a career high with his 21st stolen base.

``He has been fabulous the last month or so,' Florida manager Jack McKeon said.

Pinch hitter Lucas Duda and Jose Reyes homered on consecutive pitches against the Marlins' Leo Nunez in the ninth. It was the first homer for Duda and the fourth for Reyes.

``We had some good at_bats, especially late, but it was too little, too late,' third baseman David Wright said.

Wright, playing in his second game after being sidelined for two months by a back injury, had a two-run single. He was retired three other times, stranding six runners, and he made his second throwing error in as many nights.

Reyes finished 3 for 5 to increase his NL-leading average to .352.

Florida went 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position after going 5 for 33 in those situations in the first four games of the homestand.

``It was nice to see the guys swing the bats with some authority,' McKeon said. ``Maybe we're back on track offensively.'

Carlos Beltran singled home a run in the seventh against Florida's Burke Badenhop (2-1), who went 1 2-3 innings.

The game was scoreless until the fifth, when New York scored twice after the first two batters were retired. Reyes singled and stole second, and after consecutive walks loaded the bases, Wright hit a two-run single.

``You get out to a lead, but you're pretty sure 2-0 isn't going to beat most teams,' Wright said.

Notes: The Mets' Jason Bay was back in the lineup after missing two games with a right hamstring injury. He was dropped to seventh in the order for the first time this year. ... Morrison's homer was only his second off a lefty this year. ... The switch-hitting Bonifacio is batting .345 against lefties. ... Marlins CF Mike Cameron made a diving catch to rob Daniel Murphy of a hit in the fourth, and RF Mike Stanton made a sliding catch of Wright's fly to end the game.

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