Mets drop Marlins finale

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Monday, May 30: Carlos Delgado bombs the Mets' sweep dreams; Kaz Matsui returns to the starting lineup; Mets eye the D-Backs Tuesday...

Last Game: Florida Marlins 6, New York Mets 3. The Mets missed an opportunity to earn a four-game series sweep on Sunday, as Carlos Delgado blasted a three-run homer to highlight a five-run seventh inning.

With Florida salvaging the final game of the set, the Mets headed back to New York with a 3-4 road trip under their belt after being swept in a three-game series by the Atlanta Braves earlier in the week.

After defeating Dontrelle Willis a day earlier, the Mets put up a good fight against the Marlins' other ace, Josh Beckett. Doug Mientkiewicz hit his seventh home run of the year, a solo blast in the fifth, and Cliff Floyd had a two-RBI day, with one of the run-scoring hits coming off Beckett in the sixth.

And even with Tom Glavine holding Florida to a run on eight hits over six innings, it wasn't enough. Delgado unloaded on a 3-0 pitch from Dae-Sung Koo in the seventh, giving Florida their first lead of the afternoon. The Marlins tacked on a pair of runs in the frame on Alex Gonzalez's RBI double and a Jeff Conine fielder's choice.

The Mets fell to 26-25, one game above .500 and two games behind the division-leading Marlins and Atlanta Braves.

Notes, Quotes

BACK IN ACTION: Kaz Matsui returned to the Mets' lineup on Sunday and went 1-for-4 in his first action since leaving last Saturday's contest against the Yankees with a stiff neck. Outfielder Carlos Beltran is likely to return from a strained quadriceps on Tuesday against Arizona.

On Deck

The Mets take Memorial Day off and open a 12-game homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. Kris Benson (3-1, 3.86), who has pitched well at home this season, takes the hill against former Yankee Brad Halsey (3-2, 3.34). First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

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