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  • Marlins 7, Mets 3: Jose Reyes was the center of attention from the start. His two-out error opened the door for a two-run Marlins first inning. Then he led off the bottom of the inning with a homer and hit another one with two out in the second. That was the last offense to speak of for the Mets. They had their last 15 batters retired by Marlins pitching as they went down meekly on the day the Mets announced they are sticking with Willie Randolph as manager.

    Mike Pelfrey, who allowed six runs in four innings, didn't make the organization feel good about the early returns on that decision. He wasn't helped by Carlos Beltran's poor dive in center field that turned what should have been a two-run single into a three-run double. Things got worse when Luis Gonzalez scored on a single by the next batter, Matt Treanor. The Mets are now three games under .500 and 6 1/2 games out of first place.

  • Orioles 6, Yankees 1: Darrell Rasner allowed only one run in six innings -- a homer to nemesis Nick Markakis in the sixth -- but left with the Yankees trailing, 1-0. By the time the seventh inning was over, the score was 6-0 and Rasner was assured of his first loss of the season. But that burden need not be shouldered by him alone. The Yankees' bats didn't do anything against Baltimore lefty Garrett Olson five days after destroying the lefty.

    Manager Joe Girardi didn't help the cause by benching Jason Giambi (who has a .387 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging percentage) in favor of Shelley Duncan, who, not to be rude, is a minor-leaguer at this point. Duncan is at .259 and .275 in those categories after an 0-for-4 day. Even against a lefty, Giambi is a better option at this point. Girardi also made a head-scratching move when he brought in LaTroy Hawkins, the Yankees' worst reliever, in the seventh.

Photograph of pitcher Mike Pelfrey talking to catcher Brian Schneider during the third inning by Seth Wenig/AP