MIAMI — On this night he slept with de Fishes.
In an embarrassing performance, Jacob deGrom got flattened by the worst team in the major leagues Friday, sounding an even louder alarm in this stretch of underwhelming baseball by the Mets.
The reigning NL Cy Young award winner, in his ugliest performance of 2019, got knocked out after five brutal innings in the Mets’ third straight loss, 8-6 to the Marlins.
The Mets fell three games below .500 and are 3-3 in this stretch against teams with losing records. It’s almost imperative for the Mets to win the next two days at Marlins Park — perhaps with manager Mickey Callaway’s job hanging in the balance — before heading home to face the Nationals and Tigers.
Miami (11-31) entered play having scored four runs over its previous five games, but equaled that total in the first four innings against deGrom (3-5), who was throttled after falling victim to soft hits early.
Jorge Alfaro’s two-run homer in the fifth was the final jolt against the Mets’ ace, who surrendered seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits. The letdown followed three straight strong performances by deGrom, who had incurred an April slump.
Pete Alonso blasted two home runs, but the Mets missed opportunities in the later innings to overtake the Marlins’ bullpen. The crusher was the eighth, when the Mets had the bases loaded and nobody out — with two runs already across in the inning — but only managed to get in the runner from third base on Brandon Nimmo’s sacrifice fly.
Alfaro also delivered an RBI single during the Marlins’ two-run fourth inning against deGrom.
The Mets didn’t awaken offensively until the seventh, when J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer against Trevor Richards that sliced the Marlins’ lead to 7-3.
Todd Frazier’s fielding error on Miguel Rojas’ grounder leading off the third helped the Marlins score two runs, one of them unearned. Joe Berti singled and stole second in the inning before Garrett Cooper’s two-run single put the Mets in a 2-1 hole.
Alonso’s homer leading off the second had given the Mets an early lead. The blast evoked memories of Alonso’s first career homer, which came in this ballpark last month. The rookie, who homered again in the eighth, leads the Mets with 14 blasts.