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Saturday, June 1, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Marlins 8, Mets 1

By Adam Rubin

MIAMI -- Get well soon, Jonathon Niese.

Fill-in Collin McHugh surrendered four runs in four-plus innings and the Mets again lost to the Miami Marlins, this time 8-1 on Saturday afternoon.


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Rick Ankiel is caught stealing after a second-inning walk.


The Mets (22-31) have lost two straight to the lowly Marlins, negating good feelings from a five-game winning streak that included their first-ever season sweep of the Yankees.

The Marlins (15-41) have now won two straight series against the Mets -- the only two series Miami has won against anybody all season.

Rookie Jose Fernandez limited the Mets to three hits in seven scoreless innings as the not-so-Amazin’s again failed to produce at the plate.

Trailing 8-0, the Mets finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth, when Justin Turner delivered a pinch-hit RBI double.

Toss aside the game in which the Mets scored five first-inning runs against the Yankees on Wednesday and the run production this past week or so has been paltry: 0, 4, 2, 2, 3, 1 and 1 runs.

What’s next: Matt Harvey Day. Harvey (5-0, 1.85 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59) at 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Harvey has not been tagged with a loss in any of his 11 starts, matching Armando Reynoso (1997) for the most starts to begin a season without a personal loss in franchise history.