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Giancarlo Stanton’s struggles continue in Miami Marlins’ 6-4 loss to Mets

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out swinging during the fourth inning of the game against the New York Mets on June 3, 2016 at Marlins Park in Miami.
Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton reacts after striking out swinging during the fourth inning of the game against the New York Mets on June 3, 2016 at Marlins Park in Miami. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

The New York Mets have solved Giancarlo Stanton.

Then again, so has just about every other team the Marlins have faced since their $325 million slugger went into his tailspin at the plate.

As Stanton remained in his prolonged slump, going hitless in four at-bats Saturday, the Mets rallied for a 6-4 victory at Marlins Park. Stanton has now gone hitless in his past 15 at-bats against New York and is hitting just .202 overall.

The Marlins could have used some of his oomph on Saturday.

They could have used better help from their bullpen, too.

With the Marlins clinging to a 3-2 lead going into the eighth, the Mets came up with two runs off David Phelps and held on from there. New York added two runs off Cody Hall in the ninth.

“Most of the time our bullpen has been really good for us and been able to lock down games,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Just a little bit of trouble lately.”

The Mets also got to lefty reliever Mike Dunn on Friday in their victory.

Neither starter — Justin Nicolino nor Bartolo Colon — made it past the fifth on Saturday. The Mets touched Nicolino for a pair of runs on nine hits while the Marlins caused equal damage to the 43-year-old Colon with two runs.

That left it to the bullpens.

The Marlins grabbed a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Miguel Rojas’ two-out RBI single off Mets reliever Hansel Robles and just missed adding to the lead when Mets center fielder Juan Lagares made a diving catch on Ichiro Suzuki’s fly ball to end the inning.

But the Mets broke through in the eighth against Phelps.

James Loney doubled on Phelps’ first pitch of the inning before Michael Conforto drove him in with a game-tying single.

“That’s a bad pitch,” Phelps said of his first-pitch breaking ball to Loney. “It’s a stupid pitch from the start and kind of set the tone for the inning.”

Loney, whom the Mets recently acquired in a trade, smacked the go-ahead home run on Friday on the first pitch he saw from Dunn in New York’s 6-2 victory over Miami.

Two outs later, Matt Reynolds ripped a go-ahead single into right-center.

The Mets added two runs in the ninth off Hall on Alejandro de Aza’s double.

While Martin Prado connected on his first home run of the season, the heart of the order for the Marlins came up empty.

Stanton has driven in just three runs over his past 21 games, during which time he’s hit only .123 (9 for 73).

Since homering in his second at-bat of the season against the Mets, he’s gone 0 for 15 against them.

“He’s got to get his feel back,” Mattingly said of Stanton, who was robbed of a hit by Colon in the third.

Colon reached down to come up with the hard shot and turned it into a double play.

“Bartolo actually makes an unbelievable play on him up the middle,” Mattingly said. “That ball’s a hit nine times out of 10.”

But nothing’s going right for Stanton these days, and it’s possible the side soreness that kept him out of the lineup recently might still be bothering him.

“I hope not, because it’s one of those things that’s hard to play with,” Mattingly said.

“But it’s one of those things we’re going to be careful with, as far as playing time and days off. So we’ve got a little program going with him to make sure that we’re not pushing him too far. We’ve got to keep him healthy.”

Marcell Ozuna also went 0 for 4.

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