The reeling Mets also hope to end their season-worst six-game losing streak on Wednesday against the Marlins, who seek their longest winning streak since July.
The Mets (10-15) were also beaten in the final inning Monday when the Marlins scored twice in the 15th for a 4-3 win.
New York's offensive woes continued, leaving the team with a .165 batting average and 11 total runs during its skid. The Mets are also 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position over their last two games after going hitless in three chances Tuesday."Everybody's struggling," said manager Terry Collins said. "We have to fight through it."
Collins' club will try to break out of its funk and avoid being swept by the Marlins for the first time since 2010.
Left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20 ERA) looks to pitch NL-worst Miami (8-19) to its first four-game winning streak since June 27-July 1."We're trying to find ways to win," Pierre said. "We found all the ways to lose. Now we're trying to get on the winning side."
LeBlanc has allowed 11 runs and 17 hits in 9 2-3 innings over his last two outings at home. He surrendered four runs and eight hits - including a pair of homers - over six innings in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday."I made a few mistakes that I got away with tonight, but the two that really hurt me are the two that I need to execute better," said LeBlanc, who is 0-5 with a 5.50 ERA in seven career starts at Marlins Park.
LeBlanc, though, has pitched well with a 2.21 ERA in four career starts against the Mets. He allowed one unearned run and seven hits over five innings, but failed to get a decision in a 3-2 home win over New York last October.
Wright went 0 for 4 in his return to the lineup after being relegated to pinch-hitting duties because of a stiff neck in the opener. The All-Star third baseman has hit LeBlanc hard with six hits in 10 career at-bats, including a home run.
New York right-hander Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96) hasn't fared well on the road, allowing 12 runs and 17 hits - including four homers - in his two starts away from Citi Field.
He's dropped five straight starts with a 7.36 ERA on the road dating back to last season.
Gee, who gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 4-0 home loss to Philadelphia on Friday, is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the Marlins.
Miami, which placed slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the 15-day disabled list after Monday's game, ranks last in the majors with 73 runs and failed to advance a runner beyond first base until the ninth inning Tuesday.
The Marlins have won four of five at home against the Mets.
|New York Mets|
|April 29, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|April 23, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Lower right leg contusion|
|March 22, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Johan Santana||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|April 28, 2013||Joe Mahoney||15-Day DL||Hamstring strain|
|April 17, 2013||Adeiny Hechavarria||15-Day DL||Bruised left elbow|
|April 13, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Groin|
|April 12, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
MIAMI (AP) -- Jordany Valdespin 's home-run trot was more like a sprint, and he dashed all the way to the dugout, as though he couldn't wait to trade high-fives with his New York Mets teammates.
The Mets finally had some big hits to celebrate Wednesday, when they broke a six-game losing streak and averted a series sweep by beating the Miami Marlins 7-6.
Valdespin put New York ahead to stay in the sixth inning with a three-run, pinch-homer.
"That was a momentum changer," Mets catcher John Buck said.
Buck and David Wright each had three of New York's 13 hits. NL RBIs leader Buck hit a two-run double, and Wright contributed his third homer for the Mets, who totaled only 11 runs during their losing streak.
"We got some offense going," manager Terry Collins said. "The most frustrating thing about the past six days is we've been in the games. We've given ourselves a chance, we just haven't been able to create any offense. Hopefully today is a start."
The dormant attack finally came alive after the Mets fell behind 4-1. Valdespin's second homer of the year was his sixth pinch-homer since breaking into the majors in 2012, which ties him for second place on the team's career list.
"For some reason he loves to come off the bench when the pressure's on," Collins said. "It's amazing what he has done as a pinch-hitter. His eyes seem to get bigger, and he seems to see the ball better."
Wright homered in the fourth, scored three times and made a barehanded grab and throw at third base in the seventh inning to keep a runner stranded at third. Afterward he was wrapped from neck to torso because of various maladies, including a stiff neck, but said he had been eager to play Wednesday.
"We need all the wins we can get, especially with the way we've been playing," Wright said. "You want to be in there and help out."
Miami came from behind in the final inning to win the first two games of the series, but this time the New York bullpen - ranked next to last in the majors in ERA - protected a lead. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in five chances.
Dillon Gee (2-4) won despite allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings. The Mets had scored a total of 10 runs in his previous five starts.
Marcell Ozuna , who made his big league debut Tuesday, had two of Miami's 13 hits. Wade LeBlanc gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings, and the Marlins fell to 0-6 in his starts.
"It's frustrating getting spotted three runs and letting the other team kind of creep back in," LeBlanc said.
The Mets' comeback in the sixth began when Wright led off with a double. He scored on a two-out single by Marlon Byrd , and Ike Davis also singled.
Valdespin greeted reliever A.J. Ramos (0-1) with a homer to put New York ahead 5-4.
"He has mastered the art of pinch-hitting," Wright said. "I pinch-hit a few times in my career, and he makes it look a lot easier than it is. It's impressive to watch."
Daniel Murphy and Wright singled in the seventh, and Buck followed with a double, giving him 27 RBIs. That includes eight in five games this year against his former team.
Miami's relievers gave up three runs in four innings.
"Our bullpen has been great all year, and every once in a while this is going to happen," manager Mike Redmond said.
Mets center fielder Juan Lagares threw out Nick Green trying to score from second on LeBlanc's one-out single in the fourth. LeBlanc took second on the play and came home on a single by Juan Pierre , sliding hard into catcher Buck's left knee to beat Lagares' throw.
LeBlanc was shaken up, but after a visit with the trainer he stayed in the game.
An error by left fielder Lucas Duda led to two unearned runs for Miami in the seventh. With two on, Justin Ruggiano 's one-hop single skipped off Duda's glove and rolled to the wall, allowing both runners to score, cutting New York's lead to 7-6.
The Marlins matched their best first inning of the season to take a 3-0 lead. After Gee gave up two walks, Ruggiano singled home a run. With two out, Chris Valaika hit a two-run double.
NOTES: Wright improved to 8 for 13 (.615) with two homers against LeBlanc. ... On Thursday the Marlins begin their longest trip of the season, with 10 games in three cities. ... Attendance for the 12:40 p.m. start was 16,188, including several school groups.