Florida Marlins defeat New York Mets, 4-2

Carlos Beltran nearly produced dramatics in his return from a bone bruise in his right knee.

Seventy-nine days after he last appeared in a major-league game, the center fielder came within a few feet of a grand slam in the seventh inning Tuesday night. Instead, Cody Ross settled under the shot at the base of the right-field wall and Beltran stranded the bases loaded. He finished 1-for-4 in his first game since June21 as the Mets lost to the Marlins, 4-2, Tuesday night.