CHICAGO -- Shaun Marcum is a winner.
After nine consecutive losing decisions to open his Mets career, Marcum tossed eight scoreless innings and surrendered only four hits as the Mets split a two-game series with the Chicago White Sox in a a 3-0 win on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
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Marcum’s 0-9 start had been the third worst in franchise history to begin a season. Anthony Young began the 1993 season at 0-13 and Bob Miller began the inaugural 1962 season at 0-12.
The eight innings matched Marcum’s season high, which he also tossed in a hard-luck 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on June 8.
Marcum last tossed eight scoreless innings on May 12, 2008, with Toronto against Cleveland.
Bobby Parnell notched his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.
Sloppy fielding by Chicago an inning later opened the door for a three-run frame.
After singles by Josh Satin and Andrew Brown put both in scoring position with one out, Juan Lagares sent a sharp grounder to shortstop, which Alexei Ramirez missed for an E-6. Satin and Brown both scored. Young followed with a run-scoring infield single as the Mets grabbed a 3-0 lead.
Forever Young: Young finished 3-for-4. He is hitting .414 (12-for-29) as he makes a cameo Thursday against his former employer, Colorado, which traded him to the Mets for Collin McHugh last week.
Not zimmo: John Buck went 0-for-4 with four K's.
What’s next: The Mets make up a postponed game from April on Thursday in considerably balmier Colorado. Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89 ERA), who flew to Denver this afternoon, opposes right-hander Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22 ERA) at 6:10 p.m. ET. The Mets then take a red-eye flight home for a weekend series with the Washington Nationals.