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Friday, June 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Mets 3

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Cold as Ice.

Shaun Marcum dropped to 0-8, the second-longest skid in franchise history to begin a Mets career, as the Chicago Cubs won the series opener, 6-3, Friday night at Citi Field.

Since sweeping the Yankees in the Subway Series, the Mets (24-38) have lost nine of 11 games. They are a season-worst 14 games under .500.

Marcum surrendered a first-inning solo homer to Nate Schierholtz, and a three-run triple in the second to David DeJesus as Chicago grabbed a 5-0 lead. Marcum settled down to retire 12 straight at one point, but departed after Luis Valbuena’s two-out RBI double in the sixth.

The only losing streak longer than Marcum’s to begin a Mets career: Bob Miller, who began the Mets’ inaugural season in 1962 with an 0-12 record.

The franchise record for worst start to a season is 0-13 by Anthony Young in 1993. Like Marcum, John Franco opened a season 0-8, in 1998.

Marcum’s line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6, R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Ouch: DeJesus, the Cubs’ center fielder, left the game after slamming into the outfield wall on what became a third-inning triple for Juan Lagares. DeJesus eventually walked off the field himself and headed for X-rays on his right shoulder.

Silent night: The Mets had another quiet game at the plate. After Lagares’ triple, Daniel Murphy produced a two-out, run-scoring single in the third to pull the Mets within 5-1.

The Mets subsequently had two on and two out in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Each opportunity went for naught against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson. The inning-ending culprits: Lucas Duda (strikeout), Marcum (pop out) and Marlon Byrd (strikeout).

Trailing 6-1, the Mets produced a pair of seventh-inning runs, on RBI singles by Murphy and Duda. David Wright was thrown out going first-to-third on Duda’s single.

Wright had just reached base for the seventh straight plate appearance (six singles, one walk).

What’s next: A Foreigner postgame concert. On Saturday, Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24 ERA) opposes right-hander Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22) at 1:10 p.m.