Jose Reyes was booed by Mets fans as he returned to his old side with his new Miami teammates - and helped guide them to a 4-2 victory.
MLB: Reyes insists Marlins move was right after win over Mets
Jose Reyes insists he has no regrets about leaving the New York Mets to join the Miami Marlins - despite his new team's poor performance.
The All-Star shortstop extended his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games with an infield single Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Marlins began the day tied for last in the NL East, four games behind the Mets.
"I'm very happy where I'm at right now. I like Miami," Reyes said. "There's no regret for me."
Reyes left the Mets last off-season as a free agent and signed a $106 million, six-year deal with the Marlins.
Reyes returned to New York in late April and went 1 for 12 in the series. He admitted he was surprised Mets fans greeted him with more boos than cheers.
"When I was playing with them, I gave everything I had," he said. "I know why they booed me, because I'm not here no more and I play for another team. It is what it is."
Giancarlo Stanton hit a sacrifice fly after being activated from the disabled list for the Marlins.
On the day the Mets unveiled the logo for the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field and attached the insignia to the center-field scoreboard, they lost their eighth in a row at home. Their previous win in the park came July 7 against the Cubs.
Carlos Zambrano (7-9), recently moved to the bullpen, got four outs for the win. Steve Cishek, the sixth Miami pitcher, closed for his seventh save.
Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc, pitching on his 28th birthday, left after allowing a leadoff homer to Daniel Murphy in the fifth that made it 4-1. LeBlanc made his second start of the season in the majors, and manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game that the left-hander would throw about 85 pitches. Murphy's homer came on LeBlanc's 85th pitch.
Reyes already has done more damage than he did in his return to Citi Field in late April, when he went 1 for 12 as the Mets swept Miami. Before this series opener, he said he had no regrets about signing a $106 million, six-year deal during the off-season with the disappointing Marlins.
Reyes hustled ahead of a hurried, wide throw by Jonathon Niese (8-6), and later scored. Reyes became the first reigning NL batting champion to have a 25-game hitting streak since Rogers Hornsby in 1922, the Marlins said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.
Justin Ruggiano began the Miami fourth with an infield hit, Reyes singled and Carlos Lee had an RBI single. Stanton drove in a run and John Buck hit a two-out, two-run double for a 4-0 lead.
Murphy's homer brought Chad Gaudin in from the bullpen. The Mets added a run in the fifth when Jason Bay, in a 2-for-41 rut, singled and pinch-hitter Ike Davis and Andres Torres followed with singles.
The Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to six games on Tuesday night with a 6-5 victory over the American League East-leading New York Yankees.
Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer - his 29th of the year - and knocked in three runs while Rick Porcello allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings to lift the Tigers within a half-game of the Chicago White Sox at the AL Central summit.
The White Sox went down 5-2 at home against Kansas City on Tuesday, Billy Butler capping the triumph with his career-high 22nd homer in the seventh inning.
Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz had two hits apiece in the AL West-leading Texas Rangers' 6-3 triumph over Boston - the Red Sox's fifth defeat in seven games - while the Oakland Athletics trounced the Los Angeles Angels 10-4.
Elsewhere in AL action on Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles edged the Seattle Mariners 8-7 in 14 innings, the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 and the Tampa Bay Rays got past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.
In the National league, Cole Hamels' fifth career shutout helped the Philadelphia Phillies post a 3-0 victory over Atlanta, snapping a seven-game losing run against the Braves.
Hamels struck out six after Ryan Howard's two-run homer in a three-run third inning had set things up for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The NL East-leading Washington Nationals enjoyed their fourth consecutive win - 4-3 thanks to Danny Espinosa's RBI single in the top of the 12th inning against the Astros in Houston
Chris Johnson belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning and added a two-run blast in the ninth to spur the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-4 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh, while Buster Posey's three-run homer in the first innings set the San Francisco Giants on their way to a 4-2 victory over the St Louis Cardinals.
Finally, the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds suffered their third straight loss in a 3-1 reverse against the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Diego Padres saw off the Chicago Cubs 7-4 and the Colorado Rockies overcame the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1.