Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 2-1

MIAMI - Nelson Figueroa proved a capable substitute for Johan Santana while contributing five innings, but the Mets' spiral continued with their fourth straight loss, 2-1 to the Marlins Tuesday night.

Gary Sheffield had to leave the game with lower back discomfort.

Figueroa's fielders faltered in the fourth inning, ending his scoreless effort. Daniel Murphy committed two errors on John Baker's grounder, booting and then misfiring the ball, to place runners at the corner...