NEW YORK – Juan Encarnacion had four hits and three RBIs, finally providing some run support for Brian Moehler in the Florida Marlins’ 7-3 victory Saturday over the New York Mets.

Pinch-hitter Paul Lo Duca added an RBI single in the sixth inning, when Florida took advantage of a key error by fill-in first baseman Jose Offerman and scored four times.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double, but he had an up-and-down performance – appropriately – on his own bobblehead day. The Mets fell back to .500 and last place in the NL East.

Encarnacion has reached base safely in 10 consecutive plate appearances, tying the club record set by Derrek Lee in September 2002.

Moehler (3-6) got help from his bullpen after allowing three runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He was 0-5 in his previous eight starts, getting only 1.58 runs of support per game.

The right-hander left with the bases loaded, but Valerio De Los Santos threw one pitch and got pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Guillermo Mota worked two perfect innings, and Todd Jones finished it.

Kris Benson (6-3) failed to hold a two-run lead and lost for the first time in six starts. He gave up five runs – three earned – and eight hits in six innings. The right-hander was 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA in his previous nine starts.

Beltran doubled in the first and made a diving catch in the second. But he failed to run out a weak popup in the third, and first baseman Carlos Delgado alertly let the ball drop so he could start a 3-6-3 double play.

Beltran was booed by the crowd of 41,290 – then cheered after his two-run double with two outs in the fifth gave the Mets a 3-1 lead.

The Marlins came right back in the sixth. They started the inning with four straight singles, the last by Encarnacion to drive in a run.

Damion Easley’s RBI groundout tied it, and Benson had a chance to escape further damage when Alex Gonzalez hit a potential double-play ball to shortstop. But Offerman couldn’t come up with Marlon Anderson’s low relay, and the go-ahead run scored on his error.

Gonzalez stole second and third, then scored on Lo Duca’s single to make it 5-3 Marlins.

With the bases loaded in the ninth, Mets reliever Danny Graves hit Encarnacion with his first pitch. Gonzalez added an RBI infield single, making it 7-3.

Florida went ahead in the first when Juan Pierre led off with a single, stole second and scored on Encarnacion’s two-out single.

David Wright doubled to start the New York fifth, advanced on a fly ball and scored on Benson’s single through a drawn-in infield. Benson is 6-for-19 (.316) this season with four RBIs.

Jose Reyes singled before Beltran’s double off the base of the right-field fence.

Notes: As expected, rookie Scott Olsen will start for Florida on Monday against Milwaukee instead of struggling LHP Al Leiter. … Easley started at 3B, giving Mike Lowell a rest. Lowell made two throwing errors in one inning Friday night. He committed only seven errors last season. … Benson dropped to 4-1 in eight career starts against Florida. … Offerman, called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, was making his first start for the Mets. … New York activated Cairo from the disabled list and optioned OF Victor Diaz to Triple-A Norfolk. … Nathan’s hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi threw out the first pitch.

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