Mets fall to lowly Marlins as NL East lead keeps dwindling

MIAMI — The names change, but the plot remains the maddening-same for the Mets: Decent, but not great pitching and not enough offense.

And suddenly the walls are closing on the Mets.

On a night Taijuan Walker continued his post-All Star blues and the Mets managed only five hits in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins at loanDepot park, the team’s lead in the NL East shriveled to 1 ½ games, the closest an opponent has come to first place since May 26.

That team in hot pursuit, the Phillies, will face the Mets for three games beginning Friday in Philadelphia. For now, the Mets — who have lost five of six games — need to figure out these cellar-dwelling Marlins.

Team owner Steve Cohen chimed in on Twitter during the middle innings: “Game doesn’t look good from a distance. We have to get our act together soon.”

Taijuan Walker has another rough start in the Mets’ 5-4 loss to the Marlins.AP

It doesn’t get easier for the Mets later in the month, with 13 games against the Giants and Dodgers, the NL’s two top teams. Over their past 46 games, the Mets are 20-26.

James McCann provided a glimmer of hope for the Mets with a two-out RBI double in the ninth that sliced the Marlins’ lead to one, but Dylan Floro retired pinch-hitter Brandon Drury to keep the tying run at second base. The Marlins had added an…

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