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Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Marlins 1

July, 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- There may have been scoffing and eye rolls when Terry Collins built this up as a make-or-break homestand, considering the Mets entered the stretch 10 games under .500 and 10 games back in the NL East.

Well, say this for the Amazin’s: They enter the All-Star break on fire … and still relevant.

The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-1 win Sunday at Citi Field.

With an 8-2 homestand, the Mets (45-50) have moved into sole possession of third place in the NL East for the first time since May 4. They still are five games under .500 and likely will be seven games out of first place in the division with co-leaders Atlanta and Washington enjoying large late-game leads Sunday, but the mathematics take a backseat to the emotional high for the moment. Sixty-seven games remain.

Jacob deGrom, the third-most ballyhooed prospect in his prospect peer group with Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, continued to produce at a level that will make it difficult to entertain assigning him to the bullpen even for a week or two out of the break.

DeGrom limited the Marlins to one run in seven innings to win his second straight start and slice his ERA to 3.18. The lone run against him came in the fourth after Eric Campbell, in his first major league action at second base, retreated into right field calling for Garrett Jones' pop fly but lost the baseball. It dropped between Campbell and deferring right fielder Curtis Granderson for a two-out double. Marcell Ozuna followed by legging out a run-scoring infield single.

Heck, the Mets cannot afford to deprive themselves of deGrom’s bat, either. A half-inning after the defensive bungle evened the score at 1, deGrom followed an intentional walk to No. 8 hitter Ruben Tejada and restored a lead with a two-out RBI single. It was deGrom’s first career RBI.

DeGrom clearly is entrenched in the rotation for the long haul. Collins even acknowledged pregame Sunday that he arranged his second-half rotation to separate the similar-throwing Zack Wheeler and deGrom. Still, Collins had floated Saturday that deGrom might spend a week or two in the bullpen out of the break to conserve innings if Sandy Alderson deems it necessary -- temporarily sparing Daisuke Matsuzaka a bullpen assignment with Jonathon Niese due to return from the DL.

Yet it is hard to conceive that a hard-charging team that fancies itself in the race intentionally would deprive itself of a wildly successful rookie’s starts, no? So deGrom ought to be starting in Seattle in the second series after the break.

He currently is at 112 innings for the season between the majors and minors. Alderson has said 185 innings is the rough cap.

The Mets opened Sunday’s scoring with a Lucas Duda double and Chris Young sacrifice fly in the second inning. Following deGrom’s two-out RBI single, the lead swelled to 3-1 later in the fourth on Granderson’s run-scoring bloop double. Marlins starter Brad Hand departed after that inning with a bruised right shin, which he suffered getting struck with a comebacker.

Granderson scored in the sixth for a 5-1 lead when second-base ump Will Little trumped an out call at the plate by ruling Granderson was interfered with by Ed Lucas while rounding second base. The Mets loaded the bases with none out in the ninth and produced four runs.

What’s next: The Mets reconvene Friday in San Diego for a trip that also takes them to Seattle and Milwaukee. Bartolo Colon handles Game 1, followed by Dillon Gee and then Wheeler. The Padres will throw Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Odrisamer Despaigne in the series.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

July, 11, 2014
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Getty ImagesBefore heading into the All-Star break, the Mets are due to face the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Brad Hand.
METS (42-50, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (44-47, third place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.07) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38) vs. LHP Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has hit safely in 15 straight games, during which he has produced a .368 average (21-for-57) with three homers and eight RBIs. The hitting streak is one shy of matching his career high, produced last season. Ozuna’s two-run homer against Addison Reed in the ninth inning on Tuesday gave Miami a 2-1 win at Arizona.

Of course, Ozuna had two outfield assists in the final two innings on June 20, during the last series against the Mets, in order to preserve a Miami win. He became the third player in Marlins history with two outfield assists at the plate in the same game, joining Joe Orsulak and Emilio Bonifacio. Like Orsulak, both of Ozuna’s throws did not require a relay.

The 23-year-old Ozuna has 15 homers and 51 RBIs in 326 at-bats this season.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew only his third save in 23 chances Wednesday at Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th, capped by Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run double, in a 4-3 walk-off win. It marked the first time in Cishek’s career that he failed to record at least one out in a save situation.


Associated Press, Getty ImagesChristian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton form a standout young triumvirate for the Marlins in the outfield.


Giancarlo Stanton went hitless in 11 at-bats in the D-backs series and is 3-for-24 on the Marlins’ current road trip. Stanton is the lone Marlins All-Star selection, despite strong candidacies from right-hander Henderson Alvarez and third baseman Casey McGehee. Stanton finished fourth in fan balloting in the outfield at 3,753,961 votes. He missed a chance to start by finishing 305,785 votes behind No. 3 Yasiel Puig.

Despite his recent slump, Stanton still leads the National League with 21 homers and 63 RBIs. His 4.9 WAR is second in the NL, trailing only Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (5.7).

• Alvarez produced three hits Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is a career .269 hitter, with one homer and seven RBIs in 67 at-bats. On the mound, Alvarez is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA since May 22. He has allowed only one home run during that nine-start span -- a solo shot by Kolten Wong on Sunday.

The Marlins have won Alvarez’s last 10 starts, a franchise record. The previous record? The Marlins won nine straight starts by Chris Hammond back in 1993, their inaugural season, when they finished 64-98 overall.

Alvarez’s 2.27 ERA ranks fourth in the league, trailing only St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (1.79), Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (2.03) and L.A.’s Josh Beckett (2.26).

• McGehee’s 112 hits are tied for the NL lead with the Mets’ Daniel Murphy and Giants’ Hunter Pence. The lone player in Marlins history to lead the league in hits at the All-Star break was Luis Castillo in 2002. McGehee and Stanton are the first Marlins teammates with 100 hits apiece before the All-Star break since Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu in 2008.

After spending last year in Japan, the 31-year-old McGehee is hitting .320 with one homer and 53 RBIs in 350 at-bats this season. His 52 RBIs as a third baseman already are the most by a Marlin at that position since Cantu finished ’08 with 70.

• Left-hander Brad Hand has made two starts since getting activated from the disabled list and entering the rotation July 3. He is winless in his past 14 appearances as a starter, the third-longest active streak in the majors, despite allowing only one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday at Arizona. His last win as a starter came July 7, 2011 against the Houston Astros.

Hand, who mostly has been ineffective while serving in long relief this season, had landed on the DL with a right ankle sprain.

• Two days after Hand returned from the DL, rookie Andrew Heaney was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans. Heaney had limited the Mets to one run in six innings in his major league debut on June 19, but had allowed 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over his next three starts.

• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right triceps strain) returned from the disabled list on Sunday.

• Left fielder Christian Yelich is batting .356 (16-for-45) with one homer and five RBIs in 10 games since returning from the disabled list, where he had landed with a lower-back strain.

• After getting reinjured during the last Mets series, Rafael Furcal landed on the DL on June 22 with a left hamstring strain. Derek Dietrich initially took over at second base, but he landed on the DL on July 4 with a right wrist strain. Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas since have started at the position.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

June, 18, 2014
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Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”


Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.


• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.

The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.

Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.

• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.

• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.

• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 5, 2014
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Getty Images/Associated PressThe Met face Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler during a three-game series at Marlins Park.
METS (16-14, third place/NL East) at MIAMI MARLINS (16-15, fourth place/NL East)

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20) vs. RHP Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41), 12:40 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton went deep twice Sunday, giving him National League leads with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. Stanton’s 31 RBIs in March/April set the franchise record, passing Moises Alou (30, in April 1997).


Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesGiancarlo Stanton leads the NL in homers and RBIs.


• The Marlins improved to an MLB-best 14-5 at home after winning a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Miami has won six of seven home series, with the lone loss coming to the Washington Nationals (April 14-16).

Miami has 21 homers in 19 home games. They had 36 long balls during the entire 2013 season at Marlins Park. Miami is an MLB-worst 2-10 on the road.

The Braves suspected the Marlins were somehow cheating during a recent series, but could not prove it. Wrote Carroll Rogers in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

[Braves manager Fredi] Gonzalez said he changed signs five times during the course of [Aaron] Harang’s outing and went to multiple signs even with no runners on base. The hits kept coming regardless.

Gonzalez said he wondered if [catcher Evan] Gattis was giving away signs, but then figured that wouldn’t account for the disparity in the Marlins home/road splits in general. Entering play Thursday, the Marlins were hitting .307 while scoring 6.3 runs per game at Marlins Park. They were hitting .215 with 2.7 runs per game on the road.

“Yeah, you have this conspiracy theory, but at the end, we came up with nothing,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t like we saw a guy with the (binoculars), like Mick Billmeyer (former Phillies bullpen coach) in Colorado. At the end of the day, they didn’t miss the pitches. They were right there.”

Rafael Furcal, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Dec. 5 after missing all of last season, remains on the disabled list with the Marlins. The 36-year-old Furcal departed a rehab game Friday with Double-A Jacksonville with a groin issue. He originally landed on the DL to open the season with a left hamstring strain. Adeiny Hechavarria has started every game at shortstop for Miami this season.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler, who struggled against the Mets at Citi Field (4 ER in 5 IP), tossed seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Friday, allowing only three hits.

• Closer Steve Cishek suffered a blown save at Citi Field on April 25, which snapped his streak of successful save conversions at 33, a Marlins franchise record.

• Center fielder Marcell Ozuna is hitting .395 (17-for-43) in 10 career games against the Mets.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee has 20 RBIs this season, the most in the majors without a home run.

Nate Eovaldi’s fastball has averaged 96.0 mph this season. Only Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura (96.7 mph) has averaged more.

Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment last Tuesday, clearing a spot for Ed Lucas, who returned from the disabled list. Dobbs had been 1-for-13 as a lefty pinch hitter. He had signed a $1.7 million extension for 2014.

• Right-hander Jacob Turner returned from the disabled list Saturday and entered the rotation, pushing Kevin Slowey to the bullpen.

• Former Mets farmhand Alonzo Harris, who signed with the Marlins at the end of spring training after being released by the Mets, again has been released. Harris hit .094 (3-for-32) at Class A Jupiter.

Marlins 11, Mets 1: Colon logs 4 in debut

March, 10, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Bartolo Colon surrendered three fourth-inning runs and the Mets whiffed at an early bases-loaded, no-out situation in an 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Colon, making his Mets debut after being slowed by a calf injury early in camp, surrendered a two-run triple to Ed Lucas for the big blow after the teams had been scoreless through three innings.

“It was meaningful,” Colon said through an interpreter about his four-inning Mets debut. “I was happy I was able to locate my pitches today and was able to pitch well.”

Colon had plenty of extra work to do in the second inning. He twice had Jake Marisnick picked off first base, but ump Jerry Meals twice called Marisnick safe. (No video replay was in effect for this spring-training game.) Reed Johnson, at the plate at the time of those safe calls, then was mistakenly ruled safe by Meals after David Wright dove and fielded his grounder and fired to first base.

Colon, a master of adding and subtracting velocity from his fastball, said he pitched against the Marlins as he would during the regular season and was not guarded against the division opponent.

“I don’t shy away from throwing what I’m going to throw normally,” Colon said. “That’s my pitch. I’m a fastball pitcher. That’s what I’m going to use. I’m going to use my best pitch.”

Asked if it was realistic to expect he could duplicate last year’s 2.65 ERA with the Oakland Athletics, Colon said: “Whatever happened last year, it already happened. I’m focusing on this coming year.”

Shortcoming: Ruben Tejada, who had three misplays and was charged with one error Friday, again had difficulty in the field. Tejada lost the baseball exchanging it from his glove to hand on a routine second-inning grounder by Marisnick for his second Grapefruit League error.

A half-inning later, Tejada did snap an 0-for-7 drought to begin exhibition play with a double down the left-field line against Brad Hand.

It’s no secret the Mets would like to upgrade at shortstop. Probably not coincidentally, the Seattle Mariners again had two scouts at Monday’s game.

Terry Collins has indicated Wilmer Flores will start a game at shortstop early this week, although it would appear unlikely Flores would demonstrate the requisite range to return to a regular role at that position.

Strike force: The Mets set a franchise record with 1,384 strikeouts last season. They may break that record this season, and even threaten the MLB single-season record (1,535 by the Houston Astros, also in 2013).

That strikeout propensity was on display Monday. After loading the bases with none out in the first inning against Hand, Curtis Granderson, Josh Satin and Travis d’Arnaud consecutively struck out -- albeit Satin on a very borderline called third strike. Hand went on to strike out five straight batters before Tejada doubled in the second inning.

Monster shot: Giancarlo Stanton produced a monster two-run homer against left-handed prospect Jack Leathersich in the seventh inning, after belting a monster shot earlier in the at-bat that went foul.

Other deep thoughts: Ryan Reid surrendered a two-run homer to Derek Dietrich in a four-run, six-hit eighth against him.

What’s next: Expected Opening Day starter Jonathon Niese makes his 2014 Grapefruit League debut Tuesday against Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter, Fla. Niese had been dispatched to New York on Feb. 26 for an MRI of his pitching shoulder.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 2 (10)

July, 30, 2013
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MIAMI -- Zack Wheeler went from flirting with history to flirting with disaster in a span of three batters.

The rookie took a no-hit bid one out into the seventh inning, when he walked Logan Morrison, then surrendered consecutive singles to Ed Lucas, Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick. By the time Wheeler coaxed a double-play groundout from Jeff Mathis, the Marlins had evened the score at 2.

Although Wheeler did not factor into the decision, the Mets ultimately beat the Marlins, 4-2, in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. John Buck produced a tiebreaking two-run single against Steve Cishek with the bases loaded and none out.


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler ended up with a no-decision after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.


Wheeler’s effort marked the fifth time this season a Mets starting pitcher had taken a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. Matt Harvey has done so three times. And Dillon Gee held the Atlanta Braves hitless until Freddie Freeman produced a leadoff single in the seventh only eight days ago at Citi Field.

The Mets, of course, did not record a no-hitter until the 8,020th game in franchise history, when Johan Santana ended the drought on June 1, 2012.

Wheeler’s final line Tuesday: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. He threw 87 pitches (64 strikes).

Wheeler flirted with the feat in his eighth career game.

The last pitcher to record a no-hitter quicker to begin a major league career: Clay Buchholz with the Boston Red Sox in his second major league outing, on Sept. 1, 2007 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Opportunity lost: The Mets wasted a golden opportunity in the eighth. With the score tied at 2, Marlon Byrd belted a leadoff triple against Chad Qualls. But Ike Davis struck out and Buck grounded out to third base, forcing Byrd to hold. After Juan Lagares then walked, Omar Quintanilla struck out to strand Byrd at third as the score remained even.

Qualls was so excited by the Quintanilla strikeout, he wildly pumped his fist, lost his balance and fell down.

Davis twice failed to drive in a runner from third base with less than two outs. He popped out to second base in the fourth with David Wright on third and one out. Lagares bailed Davis out that time -- with a two-out, two-run triple against Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi to stake the Mets to a 2-0 lead.

What’s next: The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Jenrry Mejia, who tossed seven scoreless innings in his first major league appearance of the season, then opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Marlins 5

July, 29, 2013
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MIAMI – Ike Davis capped a three-run seventh inning with a double into the right-field corner that scored hustling Marlon Byrd from first base with the tiebreaking run and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 6-5, Monday night at Marlins Park.

Daniel Murphy produced his third RBI of the game and Byrd had an RBI single earlier in the frame as the Mets overcame a two-run deficit against Miami’s bullpen.


Marc Serota/Getty ImagesJeremy Hefner was absolved of a loss after the Mets posted three runs in the seventh.


The Mets snapped a three-game losing streak. They won for only the fourth time in 12 games against the Marlins in 2013.

Josh Edgin, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each contributed scoreless relief innings. Parnell retired Giancarlo Stanton for the final out to strand pinch-runner Juan Pierre at third base.

The Mets improved to 9-37 when trailing after six innings.

Jeremy’s swoon: Jeremy Hefner has surrendered 19 runs (16 earned runs) in 11 2/3 innings over his past three starts.

No. 8 hitter Jeff Mathis chased him with one out in the sixth with a two-run single that staked Miami to a 5-3 lead.

Hefner’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.

Hefner tossed three no-hit innings before the Marlins started to tee off in the fourth. Stanton doubled. Ed Lucas tripled. And Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch.

Still, Hefner should have been out of the fourth with a 3-1 lead. Instead, shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s two-out error on opposing pitcher Jacob Turner’s bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score.

Hefner’s five walks were a career high.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72 ERA) opposes right-hander Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 8, Mets 4 (10)

June, 9, 2013
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NEW YORK -- If only the Miami Marlins played the Mets every day.

The Mets failed to protect an eighth-inning lead and were swept for the second straight weekend by the Marlins, this time with an 8-4 loss in 10 innings Sunday at Citi Field before an announced paid crowd of 21,747.

After Bobby Parnell allowed consecutive singles to open his second inning of work, Daniel Murphy errantly fielded Adeiny Hechavarria’s grounder to allow the go-ahead run to score from second base. Robert Carson entered and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Greg Dobbs and two-run homer to Miguel Olivo as the Marlins ultimately posted four runs in the 10th. Parnell was charged with three runs (two earned).

At least this time it did not take 20 innings, like Saturday’s loss.

Miami is 8-3 against the Mets and 10-41 against the rest of baseball this season.

The Mets (23-35) matched their season low-water mark at 12 games under .500, although they're still seven games ahead of the Marlins for fourth place in the National League East.

Fried rice: Scott Rice, summoned for his MLB-leading 34th relief appearance to begin the eighth with the Mets leading 4-3, surrendered a game-tying leadoff homer to Derek Dietrich and departed. Lefty batters had been hitting .143 (9-for-63) against Rice with one extra-base hit -- an April 5 double by Miami’s Rob Brantly -- before Dietrich’s homer.

Shouldering the load: Jonathon Niese, who missed his last rotation turn with a shoulder issue, then had his rotation reentry delayed by rain, allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk while striking out four in 6 2/3 innings. He threw 103 pitches in what became a no-decision.

Niese made his first start since May 27.

The southpaw departed with a 4-3 lead in the seventh after allowing consecutive two-out singles to opposing pitcher Tom Koehler and Juan Pierre. LaTroy Hawkins entered and retired 31-year-old rookie Ed Lucas on a groundout to strand both inherited runners.

Niese had taken a 4-1 lead into the sixth, when he surrendered a two-run double to Marcell Ozuna. The second run was unearned because Juan Lagares misplayed the ball in right-center. Niese did strand Ozuna at third base to preserve the one-run lead. He retired Logan Morrison on a shallow flyout and coaxed a groundout to third from Justin Ruggiano.

Wright stuff: David Wright, who entered Sunday hitting only .200 (13-for-65) over his last 16 games, broke a 1-all tie in the third with a two-run double against Koehler.

Murphy, in his first start in the cleanup spot this season, followed with a run-scoring groundout as the Mets took a 4-1 lead. Murphy’s solo homer in the second accounted for the Mets’ opening run.

JV caliber: After bunting for a base hit in the first, Jordany Valdespin made the final out at third base that inning when he was caught stealing with Murphy at the plate.

In a pinch: Terry Collins used Justin Turner as a pinch hitter for Ike Davis for a second straight day.

Welcome back: Kirk Nieuwenhuis made his return as a pinch hitter in the 10th. He struck out.

What’s next: After an off-day Monday, the Mets welcome the St. Louis Cardinals. In Tuesday’s series opener, Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.36 ERA) opposes phenom Michael Wacha (1-5, 4.36) in the right-hander’s third major league start.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

June, 6, 2013
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Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Tom Koehler this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (23-33, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (16-44, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.17) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.34), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 4.16), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.70), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out since straining his right hamstring against the Mets on April 29, began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Jupiter. Also in the midst of rehab assignments: Donovan Solano (intercostal muscle), Joe Mahoney (hamstring) and Logan Morrison. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) has one remaining rehab start before returning from the disabled list.


Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressCasey Kotchman returned Monday, after a two-month absence.


Once Stanton returns, Chris Coghlan should get exposure at third base and rookie Marcell Ozuna in center field and left field. Coghlan hasn’t been an everyday third baseman since 2009 in Triple-A, but he manned the hot corner during his college career at Ole Miss.

• Ozuna, who has been starting in right field in Stanton’s absence, lost a 16-game hitting streak last Saturday against the Mets. It was the second-longest streak for a rookie in Marlins history, trailing only Edgar Renteria’s 22-game streak in 1996.

• After last weekend’s series against the Mets, the Marlins activated first baseman Casey Kotchman from the DL and promoted left-hander Edgar Olmos from Double-A. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment and outfielder Jordan Brown was demoted to Triple-A.

• Highly regarded outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who excelled against the Mets during spring training, landed on the disabled list at Double-A Jacksonville with an abdominal strain. That will delay his promotion.

Ed Lucas, whose first major league hit came last weekend in Miami against the Mets, is the oldest position player ever to make his major league debut with the Marlins. The oldest players ever to debut for the Marlins, regardless of position: Joe Strong (2000, 37 years 245 days), Lucas (2013, 31 years 9 days), Chuck Smith (2000, 30 years 326 days), Joe Dillon (2005, 29 years 289 days) and Tommy Phelps (2003, 29 years 27 days).

Lucas’ four-hit game Sunday made him the fastest ever to accomplish that feat to begin his major league career with the Marlins -- his third game, and second start. Hanley Ramirez had a four-hit game in his fourth career game. Ozuna did it in his sixth career game, earlier this season.

Tom Koehler is a Stony Brook University product.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew a save Tuesday, serving up an extra-innings homer to Philadelphia’s John Mayberry Jr. He has converted five of seven chances.

• Former Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who remains a presence around the organization, underwent heart bypass surgery Monday. He is 82.

• Miami is 6-3 against the Mets this season.

Juan Pierre has a .322 career average against the Mets. His 157 hits against the Mets are his most against any club. Only Jimmy Rollins (245) has more hits against the Mets among active players.

Ricky Nolasco and reliever Ryan Webb are available via trade, but not Cishek or left-hander Mike Dunn, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 11, Mets 6

June, 2, 2013
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MIAMI -- Not even Matt Harvey could salvage a pitiful weekend at Marlins Park.

Harvey surrendered a career-high 10 hits and the Mets ultimately were swept by the National League's worst team with an 11-6 loss Sunday. So much for that Subway Series euphoria.

Harvey, for the record, received a no-decision and remained 5-0. By going unbeaten in his first 12 starts of a season, he broke the franchise record, which he previously shared with Armando Reynoso (1997).


Steve Mitchell/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey allowed a career-high 10 hits as the Mets were swept by lowly Miami.


The Mets had rallied for a 6-4 lead to put Harvey in position to win when he departed after five innings with his pitch count at 100. But Scott Rice walked three straight batters with one out in the seventh. All three scored -- on a two-run double by Marcell Ozuna, then a tiebreaking groundout by Chris Coghlan.

Ozuna, who produced four RBIs, twice benefited from less-than-optimal outfield play. Lucas Duda froze on Ozuna's two-run double in the seventh. More egregiously, center fielder Rick Ankiel misread Ozuna's shot into a two-run triple during a three-run first inning against Harvey.

Now, exactly one-third of the way through the season, the Mets own a 22-32 record. They trail the season series, 6-3, and have lost a pair of series to the Marlins. Those are the only two series Miami has won in 2013. The Marlins had entered the weekend on a nine-game losing streak and had been outscored by their opponents by an MLB-worst 90 runs.

Not Harvey's day: The three first-inning runs surrendered by Harvey matched the most he had allowed in an inning in his career, although he didn't have much luck -- or help from his fielders.

Juan Pierre had a perfectly placed leadoff bunt. Ed Lucas, the 31-year-old rookie who finished 4-for-4, followed with a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield. Ankiel misread Ozuna's shot. Then Coghlan dropped an RBI double over shortstop Omar Quintanilla's head and into shallow left field to cap the inning as Miami took a 3-0 lead.

The four runs surrendered by Harvey matched his season high.

I charting: Ike Davis produced a season-high-matching three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fourth against starter Kevin Slowey that evened the score at 4. Davis last had gone deep April 25, against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Brandon League. Duda and Quintanilla earlier produced solo homers.

What's next: The Mets spend an off-day in D.C., although golfing is expected to be disrupted by a rainy forecast. On Tuesday, Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37) at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 5, Mets 1

May, 31, 2013
5/31/13
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MIAMI -- A four-game sweep of the Yankees and then this?

Shaun Marcum took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning, but the Mets nonetheless watched their five-game winning streak end with a 5-1 loss to the lowly Miami Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park.

Ed Lucas, a 31-year-old rookie who made his major league debut Thursday, delivered a tiebreaking RBI single with one out in what became a four-run seventh. Jeff Mathis contributed a sacrifice fly and Jordan Brown had a two-run double to chase Marcum.

The Marlins snapped a nine-game losing streak and avoided matching their franchise record for most losses in a calendar month in franchise history (23 in June 2011). Miami leads the season series, 4-3.

The Mets? They watched the good feelings from their first-ever season sweep of the Yankees dissipate in the humid Miami air.

Marcum dropped to 0-6 in eight appearances (seven starts) as a Met. He had retired the first nine batters he faced and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth after an intentional walk by coaxing a 4-6-3 double play from Mathis.

Marcum’s final line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 4 K. He threw 97 pitches (66 strikes).

Daniel Murphy got the Mets on the scoreboard with an eighth-inning RBI double.

I charting: Ike Davis produced his first extra-base hit since May 9 on a fifth-inning double against Jacob Turner, who was making his season debut.

But Davis’ hit did not drive in a run because Marlon Byrd had been caught stealing, 1-6, when he broke with Turner still holding the ball.

Turner, obtained last year by Miami in the Anibal Sanchez trade, tossed seven scoreless innings after being promoted from Triple-A New Orleans.

Q E-2: Omar Quintanilla had his second error in two games, leading to an unearned run in the eighth.

What’s next: Collin McHugh makes his first major league start this season, subbing for Jonathon Niese (shoulder tendinitis). McHugh starts opposite Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA) at 4:10 p.m.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 31, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Jacob Turner, Jose Fernandez and Kevin Slowey this weekend in Miami.
METS (22-29, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (13-41, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 5.77) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Collin McHugh (0-0, 12.00) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• The Marlins are 5-22 in May. A loss in the series opener against the Mets will match June 2011 (5-23) for the most defeats in a month in franchise history.


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Marcell Ozuna has a 15-game hitting streak.


Giancarlo Stanton, who suffered a hamstring strain April 29 running to first base against the Mets, has developed sore knees while rehabbing, further delaying his return.

Rookie Marcell Ozuna, who has started every game in right field since Stanton landed on the disabled list, has hit safely in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. The streak is tied with Chuck Carr (1993) for second-longest by a rookie in Marlins history. The rookie record holder is Edgar Renteria, who hit safely in 22 straight games in 1996.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired last July 23 in the Anibal Sanchez trade with the Detroit Tigers, makes his season debut with the Marlins after 10 starts with Triple-A New Orleans. The Marlins hoped Turner would make the rotation out of spring training, but that did not materialize after he produced a 9.69 ERA in Grapefruit League play.

Alex Sanabia landed on the disabled list with a groin injury, creating the rotation vacancy.

Nathan Eovaldi is nearing a return, too. He pitched in a rehab game Thursday against the St. Lucie Mets. (First baseman Casey Kotchman appeared in the same Florida State League game against the Mets as Eovaldi.)

• Rookie Jose Fernandez is coming off his shortest career outing. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a three-run homer to Kelly Johnson in a six-run second.

• Outfielder Chris Coghlan has started 12 straight games, primarily in left field, which had been Juan Pierre’s domain. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Coghlan is hitting .333 during that stretch and is batting leadoff. Pierre is hitting .222, with a .276 on-base percentage.

Kevin Slowey was forced to leave a May 22 start after five innings with a left lat strain, but made his next start and remained in the rotation. The ex-Twin Slowey had tried to warm up for the sixth but was pulled from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

• Miami released ex-Met Jon Rauch on May 22 with a 7.56 ERA. Fellow ex-Met John Maine had been designated for assignment in April. Neither has resurfaced with another organization.

• Outfielder Logan Morrison (knee surgery in September) has started a rehab assignment, but is not due to be activated for the Mets series.

• Utilityman Ed Lucas made his major league debut Thursday at age 31. He replaced infielder Nick Green, who was designated for assignment.

Marcum, Hawkins log 2 'B' IP apiece

March, 5, 2013
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum and LaTroy Hawkins each logged two innings as a Mets "B" team was two-hit by the Miami Marlins in a 4-0 loss on Tuesday on a back field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Pedro Feliciano made his first game appearance with the Mets since 2010.


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Shaun Marcum pitches during Tuesday's "B" game in Jupiter, Fla.


Matt den Dekker produced a leadoff triple against Chad Qualls in the fifth, but Juan Lagares and Reese Havens consecutively struck out and Jamie Hoffmann flied out to end that threat. The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth on a double by Andrew Brown and walks to Brian Bixler and Juan Centeno, but left-hander Brian Flynn stranded the three runners by striking out Josh Satin on a changeup.

Marcum, who had requested to be held out of game action, was pitching for the first time since the team's Feb. 23 Grapefruit League opener. With his fastball sitting at 84-85 mph, the Marlins loaded the bases against Marcum with one out in the first frame, but the ex-Brewer rallied by retiring Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna on flyouts. Marcum then tossed a 1-2-3 second inning to complete a scoreless effort.

"I had a little shoulder flare-up last spring," Marcum said. "So I wanted to be smart about it this spring, especially with the extended spring, and just make sure that I was ready for whenever my turn is in the rotation for the start of the season. Because that's the most important thing, not making seven or eight starts down here. The elbow, shoulder, all that feels good."

Hawkins was making his first spring training appearance. He allowed a leadoff walk in the third to Ed Lucas, who then stole second. Joe Mahoney then delivered an RBI double. Hawkins also committed an error in the frame. He tossed a 1-2-3 fourth inning.

"That's probably the first time I've been in a bullpen I threw two innings in my first outing of a spring," Hawkins said with a chuckle. "But it went well, just throwing a lot of fastballs, trying to work on location and getting a feel for being back out there."

Gonzalez Germen surrendered two runs while recording only one out in the fifth, at which point that inning was called for a pitch count. Germen then contributed two additional scoreless innings.

Feliciano, wearing a heart monitor, surrendered a leadoff homer to Ben Lasater in the eighth. Registering 82-83 mph in his first game action after being idle earlier in camp, Feliciano also hit a batter.

Box score

Batter AB-R-H-RBI-BB-K
Omar Quintanilla, ss 4-0-0-0-0-1
Brian Bixler, 3b 2-0-0-0-2-0
Landon Powell, c 2-0-0-0-1-2
Juan Centeno, c 0-0-0-0-1-0
Josh Satin, 1b 4-0-0-0-0-3
Matt den Dekker, dh 3-0-1-0-1-1
Juan Lagares, cf 2-0-0-0-1-1
Alonzo Harris, ph 1-0-0-0-0-0
Reese Havens, 2b 3-0-0-0-0-1
Danny Muno, ph 1-0-0-0-0-0
Jamie Hoffmann, lf 3-0-0-0-0-0
Andrew Brown, rf 3-0-1-0-0-1

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Shaun Marcum 2-2-0-0-1-1
LaTroy Hawkins 2-1-1-1-1-1
Gonzalez Germen 2.1-2-2-2-2-1
Pedro Feliciano 1-1-1-1-0-1

SB: Bixler
E-Hawkins (throw)
HBP: Feliciano
2B: Brown
3B: den Dekker

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TEAM LEADERS

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187