NEW YORK — After watching his team flub a fly ball, miss a popup, make a throwing error on a grounder, allow a run on a wild pitch, let a batter reach on a third strike and have a player get hurt on a failed diving catch, Ozzie Guillen had an idea.
"I might activate myself," the Miami Marlins 48-year-old manager said. "Why's it so funny? Andy Pettitte's winning games. Roger Clemens is back in the game."
On a night when the Marlins could have climbed out of the NL East cellar for the first time since mid-August, they played one of their worst games of this or any season, a 7-3 loss to the New York Mets.
Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer and RBI triple, Ike Davis homered and Jonathon Niese reached 12 wins for the first time in his career.
Jacob Turner (1-3) gave up six runs — three earned — and eight hits in five innings. If not for some generous scoring, all six runs off him would have been unearned.
"They was we play the first three innings, it was embarrassing," Guillen said. "I think, if I was pitching in that game, I might fight with somebody."
Former Met Jose Reyes a brutal night at shortstop, blowing a double play on a line drive and making a throwing error on a grounder. Guillen dropped his face into his hand when Reyes caught Davis' fifth-inning line drive, then failed to realize he could have doubled up Daniel Murphy at second base.
"It is embarrassing, yeah," Reyes said. "I need to just stay focused. But it's in the past. We've got another game tomorrow."
Did Reyes lose track out of the outs?
"He lose track of a lot of things today," Guillen said. "He had a bad game. Mentally, he had a bad game. First game we see him do that. That happens. Hopefully that won't happen for the rest of the season. But I don't think he was there much."
Justin Ruggiano's failed attempt at a diving catch on Hairston's fifth-inning triple led to the left fielder leaving with a sprained right shoulder. He'll likely miss Saturday's game, prompting Guillen's quip about activating himself.
"I knew right as I landed I did it. I was kind of running back to the ball dreading, having to throw it in," Ruggiano said. "It was unfortunate but, hopefully, it won't be too bad."
The start was jarring, too.
Daniel Murphy singled with one out in the first and stole second, and Davis' hard two-out grounder went past second baseman Donovan Solano for an RBI single, a play at first ruled an error by official scorer Howie Karpin.
Hairston followed with his career-best 18th home run, a drive into the left-field seats and Lucas Duda hit a popup into short left field that third baseman Gil Velazquez called for but allowed to drop for a single.
It got worse in the second. Josh Thole hit a routine fly to left that Ruggiano allowed to sail over him for a double. Niese grounded to Reyes, whose throw to third bounced for an error as Velasquez tagged Thole too late. Fred Lewis' comebacker was turned into a 1-2-5-3 out as Thole got caught in a rundown. Turner's wild pitch scored a run, and Murphy's sacrifice fly made it 5-0.
"You watch it?" Guillen asked reporters. "Too bad."
The Mets ended a nine-game home losing streak and a 16-game run of scoring three runs or fewer at Citi Field. It looked like a battle between terrible teams.
"Ozzie's a great friend of mine, played for me," New York manager Terry Collins said. "The two of us sit there and shake our heads before the game, going who would have thought it? Especially when we saw each other in spring training. God, you looked at his club and you said, man, they're going really be tough to beat."
NOTES: Niese (12-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings as New York won for just the second time in 12 games overall. ... Collins pulled Duda after two inning because he didn't hustle on the popup. ... Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton missed his third straight game because of a strained muscle in his side. Guillen said Stanton also won't play Saturday afternoon. "He's not a Spider-Man to be ready tomorrow," Guillen said.