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Monday, May 27, 2013
Marcum twirls gem, settles for no-decision

By Adam Rubin

Shaun Marcum remained winless, but he did turn in his most credible outing as a Met. Marcum nursed a 1-0 lead into the seventh, when he surrendered a mammoth two-run homer to Dan Uggla on Sunday night.

The Mets bailed Marcum out of dropping to 0-6 with a three-run eighth that resulted in a 4-2 victory and no-decision for the starter.

Marcum had a career-high 12 strikeouts. He has now completed at least six innings in three straight starts.

"I located my pitches really well tonight," said Marcum, who trimmed his ERA to 5.77. "I kept the ball down. Even the couple of hits I gave up early, the one to [Andrelton] Simmons and the one to [Justin] Upton, were good pitches. Obviously the one that got hit seven miles [by Uggla] wasn't a good pitch."

Said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez: "He was a little bit better than he was the last time we faced him, [with] his breaking stuff. He never gives in. Obviously we know that -- that he's a pitcher and he's not going to give in. He can throw his changeup or his breaking pitch at any time, and he did that today. He got it over the plate."

Uggla agreed.

"Marcum pretty much had our number all night," he said. "He changes speeds and locates so well. He knows how to pitch. ... He's a really smart pitcher, and he just really wasn't making any mistakes."