Hamstrung by Jason Bay's lack of production, the Mets finally decided on Tuesday that they would make their $66 million outfielder into a part-time player, at least until his bat awakens.

Bay responded with a solid hit in what could have been a big fifth inning against the Marlins. But like everything else with Bay since he came to town, it didn't work out for him or the Mets.

Bay singled and scored in the fifth inning as the Mets tallied two runs, but the rally ended with pitcher Jonathon Niese striking out with the bases loaded.

It ended the last and best chance for the Mets as they lost, 4-2, before 28,968 at Citi Field.

The Mets have lost eight straight at home and are just three games ahead of the Marlins and Phillies for the NL basement.

No team is better than the Mets with two out and runners in scoring position.