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For Terry Collins' Mets, Home Is Where The Heartache Is

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With its fences brought in, Citi Field was supposed to be an advantage for the Mets this season.

And it was -- for awhile. But now it seems New York can't buy a win in Flushing.

"There's a lot of facets to the game we're not doing well right now and the result is losing games," said third baseman David Wright. "We could really utilize this place to a great home field advantage but we're not playing well after the break at home for whatever reason."

Jose Reyes connected for a home run against his former team and the Miami Marlins routed the struggling Mets 13-0 on Wednesday night, handing New York its ninth straight loss at Citi Field.

With that, the Mets fell to 26-28 at home.

"We had confidence playing here in the first half," manager Terry Collins said. "Right now there's nothing we can do that's right. So we've just got to cinch up your belts, reach inside, find out what you're made of, find out who wants to compete in the last 50 games of the regular season, and those are the guys you want on your team."

Reyes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 26 games, the longest in the majors this season. Stanton went deep twice against an ineffective Chris Young and finished with four hits in the All-Star slugger's second game back from knee surgery.

The Mets went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 in all, one night after leaving 11 runners on base in a 4-2 defeat. It's their longest losing streak at home since another nine-game slide in 2004. The club record is 15 in 2002, according to STATS LLC.

"We're not getting the timely hit. We're not pitching well. We're not playing good baseball," catcher Josh Thole said.

New York's most recent win at home was July 7 against the Cubs. The Mets have dropped three straight overall and four of five. The only time they had a more lopsided shutout loss at home was a 16-0 blowout by Atlanta at Shea Stadium on July 2, 1999.

"It was just one of those nights that you just forget about it, and we're going to reach in the bag of tricks tomorrow and try to come up and find some energy," Collins said.

Mets fans, have you officially given up on the season? Let us know in the comments below...

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