Manager Mike Redmond isn't sure he has Henderson Alvarez pegged yet. Sometimes he wears glasses when he pitches. Sometimes he doesn't. He started getting to the bottom of it this week when he learned Alvarez used contact lenses.

Actually Alvarez's glasses were prescription but he stopped using them and has never worn contacts on the mound.

Glasses or no glasses Redmond loves what he's seeing from Alvarez.

Wednesday Alvarez held the Mets to two runs over 7 1/3 innings as the Marlins clipped the Mets 3-2 in game three of this four-game set. They have a tough assignment to gain a split in Thursday's matinee as the Mets are sending Matt Harvey to the hill.

"He's been a different pitcher since he took the glasses off" quipped Redmond who watched him go 2-for-3 and make a couple of nice defensive plays. "He's really athletic."

Alvarez retired one of the first two batters he faced in the eighth before giving way to the bullpen. The Mets made it a one-run game that inning on a Rob Brantly pass ball and got the go-ahead run into scoring position with less than two out. Chad Qualls and Mike Dunn extinguished the rally.

With Steve Cishek having pitched in four of the club's last six games Redmond called on Dunn to record the final three outs.

"We were a little thin and we wanted to stay away from Cishek after the two innings [Tuesday] night" Redmond said. "[Pitching coach] Chuck [Hernandez] and I talked about it. That was [Dunn's] inning. We wanted him to go out there and just take that inning and see what he could do."

Nine of the 14 meetings between the two teams have been decided by two runs or fewer.