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Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Marlins 5

July, 29, 2013
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
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

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

Marlins short hops

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’s Joe Frisaro.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 11, Mets 6

June, 2, 2013

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.

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.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Marlins 6

May, 1, 2013

WHAT IT MEANS: Jordany Valdespin was “El Hombre” Wednesday afternoon.

With the Mets in danger of getting swept by the lowly Miami Marlins, Valdespin produced a pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth against Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos to stake the Mets to a one-run lead.

John Buck added a two-run double an inning later -- which it turned out the Mets would desperately need -- and the Amazin’s narrowly held on to salvage the finale, 7-6, at Marlins Park. The Mets (11-15) snapped a six-game losing streak.

Scott Atchison, protecting a 7-4 lead in his second inning of work in the seventh, surrendered three straight one-out singles. On the third of those hits, by Justin Ruggiano, Donovan Solano and Greg Dobbs had stopped in scoring position. But the ball got by left fielder Lucas Duda and both restarted and scored as the Marlins pulled within 7-6 with the pair of unearned runs.

The Mets had failed to protect one-run leads with three outs to go three times in the first two games of the series. This time, they stranded the potential tying run at third base in consecutive late innings and eked out a win.

Atchison left Ruggiano at third base in the seventh by getting Chris Valaika to fly out. An inning later, after Nick Green doubled against LaTroy Hawkins and reached third with two outs, Scott Rice entered and retired Juan Pierre on a groundout.

Bobby Parnell, who was upset he went unused Tuesday in a game Brandon Lyon uncorked a game-ending wild pitch, this time handled the ninth. Parnell retired the Marlins 1-2-3 on seven pitches for his third save.

SPIN-SANITY: Valdespin had set a franchise record with five pinch-hit homers a season ago. He had been 1-for-10 with a single, RBI and four strikeouts this season as a pinch-hitter before Wednesday’s three-run shot.

Six of Valdespin’s 10 career homers have come as a pinch hitter, which is one reason Terry Collins uses to justify using Valdespin in that role rather than as a more frequent starter.

That pinch-hit homer total does not include his walk-off grand slam last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, which came two innings after Valdespin entered that game as a pinch hitter and then took over in center field, also for Juan Lagares.

This afternoon, Ramos had inherited two baserunners with two outs from left-handed starter Wade LeBlanc. The righty reliever’s insertion prompted Collins to counter with the lefty-hitting Valdespin for the righty-hitting Lagares.

GEE FIZZ: Dillon Gee surrendered four runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings. He was pulled with his pitch count at a modest 70 after Valdespin provided the 5-4 lead. Gee’s ERA ballooned to 6.16.

WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright and Buck each had three hits. Wright scored three times.

Wright put the Mets in position for Valdespin’s three-run shot to be meaningful. He pulled the Mets within 3-1 with a solo homer in the fourth. And Wright doubled to lead off the sixth against LeBlanc and scored on Marlon Byrd’s two-out single to make it 4-2.

Wright has three homers this season. The other two came against Juan Nicasio in Colorado on April 16.

WHAT’S NEXT: After an off-day in Atlanta, the Mets play a weekend series against the first-place Braves at Turner Field. Shaun Marcum (0-2, 7.94 ERA), who pitched in relief on Monday, starts Friday night’s series opener opposite left-hander Mike Minor (3-2, 3.13).

Wright: It's about offense, not play at third

April, 30, 2013
MIAMI -- David Wright and Terry Collins unsuccessfully argued that Chris Coghlan overslid third base in the ninth inning and should have been out. Replays supported their assertion.

Still, Wright said, the disputed call by third base ump Tim McClelland was not the reason the Mets lost Tuesday's game 2-1 in walk-off fashion. It was the fact the Mets again mustered little offense.

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David Wright and Terry Collins dispute Tim McClelland's safe call at third base in the ninth inning.

The Mets produced only four hits Tuesday night. They are hitting .189 (76-for-402) in their past 12 games. And they are hitting .098 (4-for-41) with runners in scoring position during their current six-game losing streak.

Collins also refused to throw McClelland under the bus after reviewing a replay. The manager did say he asked McClelland to seek help from other umps, but that was rebuffed.

"He said he was getting in position to make the call," Collins said. "I said, 'Tim, everybody in baseball is asking for help.' He said, 'I don't need it. Nobody else could see that play but me.'"

Said Wright: "Sometimes the calls go your way. Sometimes they don't. What we need to do a better job of is offensively going out there and scoring more runs. We can't expect to win games 1-0. Offensively we need to do a better job ... It seems like the better teams, they go through a rut like this and it only lasts a series or two. We can't allow it to kind of consume us and take over for a week, two weeks. We've got to snap out of it. That starts offensively and going out there and having good at-bats."

With the Mets leading 1-0, Coghlan had opened the ninth inning with a single against Jeremy Hefner. Anthony Recker then was charged with a passed ball, when he lost the ball because it was obstructed by Juan Pierre's bat. With Coghlan having advanced to second, Pierre bunted, and Recker too aggressively tried to go to third base. Coghlan overslid but the Mets did not get the call. Brandon Lyon entered with runners on the corners and the Mets ultimately lost, 2-1.

Collins said Recker needed to make sure of an out, even if it meant getting Pierre at first base on the bunt.

"He dropped it pretty much right in front of the plate for me," Recker said. "I knew we needed to get an out. I just tried to make a play I probably shouldn't have tried to make. We talked about it before the bunt -- 'get an out.' But he laid it in front of the plate. My instincts told me to go to third. Obviously the throw was a little bit high. If it was a good throw we might have had him. I probably don't need to make that play. I just need to get an out."

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 2, Mets 1

April, 30, 2013


For the second straight night, the Mets were three outs away from victory and lost to the lowly Miami Marlins. Now, their losing streak is at six games and they have dropped a season-worst five games under .500.

A night after the Mets used their entire bullpen, and Shaun Marcum too, in a 15-inning loss, Jeremy Hefner provided a much-needed respite. Hefner nursed a 1-0 lead into the ninth, limiting the Marlins to four hits, a hit batter and no walks.

Hefner’s first professional shutout was not to be.

Pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan opened the bottom of the ninth with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Juan Pierre then attempted to sacrifice Coghlan to third. Catcher Anthony Recker aggressively tried to catch Coghlan, but the throw to third base was too late and both runners were safe, although David Wright unsuccessfully argued Coghlan over-slid the bag.

That ended Hefner's night. With Bobby Parnell having worked two innings the previous night in a blown save as well as the previous day, Terry Collins turned to Brandon Lyon to try to rescue the Mets.

Donovan Solano followed with a game-tying single to right. A wild pitch then ended it as Pierre scampered home.

Marlins 2, Mets 1.

The Mets' lone run came in the fifth, when Daniel Murphy led off with a double against right-hander Kevin Slowey, advanced to third base on a flyout by Ike Davis, then scored on Recker’s line-drive sacrifice fly to the weak-armed Pierre in left field. The Mets (11-14) mustered only four hits themselves.

Hefner ended up matching his previous career high -- an eight-inning performance against the Houston Astros last Aug. 26, in a 2-1 win. Hefner, who originally was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2007, has two pro complete games, both in 2010 with Double-A San Antonio.

WRIGHT STUFF: Wright went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return to the lineup after a one-start absence because of neck stiffness. Wright did dive to his left to smother a grounder from Nick Green. Wright then threw to first base in time to end the fifth inning.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96 ERA) opposes left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20) in Wednesday’s 12:40 p.m. series finale. Collins indicated he plans to start Justin Turner over Davis at first base.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 4, Mets 3 (15)

April, 30, 2013

WHAT IT MEANS: The New York Mets were three outs from victory twice.

Which made the ending doubly gut-wrenching.

After Bobby Parnell failed to hold a one-run lead in the ninth, Shaun Marcum also failed to do so in the 15th.

The Mets ultimately lost to the Miami Marlins, 4-3, when Rob Brantly had an RBI single and Nick Green delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly against Marcum.

After the Mets used all seven relievers, Marcum had entered in the 14th. He had tossed 71 pitches Saturday in his Mets debut. The Mets can actually delay or skip Marcum’s next turn if necessary because Thursday is a scheduled off-day for the team. The injury-prone Marcum last pitched in relief in 2007.

Matt Harvey was deprived of the third 5-0 April in franchise history.

Bidding for his third save this season, Parnell failed to hold a one-run lead in the ninth. He surrendered a leadoff double to Justin Ruggiano, then watched as pinch-hitter/defensive replacement Collin Cowgill broke backward in center field on a ball off the bat of Brantly that dropped in front of him. Green then delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly.

The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the 15th against ex-teammate Jon Rauch on Ruben Tejada's run-scoring infield single.

The Mets (10-14) have lost five straight and fell a season-worst four games under .500. They now are 5-1 in Harvey starts and 5-13 otherwise this season.

The Mets used 21 players.

Lynne Sladky/Associated PressMatt Harvey received a no-decision after limiting the Marlins to one run in 5 1/3 innings.
Technically, it was the second blown save in four chances for Parnell this season, although the other one was the result of Tejada airmailing an eighth-inning throw in Colorado.

Pedro Martinez (2006) and Dwight Gooden (1988) remain the only Mets pitchers with 5-0 Aprils.

John Buck did match a franchise record with his ninth homer of April.

The Mets went 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position before Tejada's run-scoring infield single. That would have bested the franchise record 0-for-15 set May 30, 2006, in a complete game by Miguel Batista for the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.

WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright, despite suffering from a stiff neck before the game, pinch hit in the 13th with two outs against Rauch. Wright struck out looking and departed.

HARVEY’S BETTER: Harvey outlasted Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez, but not by much.

With his pitch count at a career-high 121, Harvey was pulled with two runners on and one out in the sixth by Terry Collins with the Mets leading 2-1.

In bids for redemption after a rough homestand, left-hander Robert Carson entered and retired Brantly on a flyout. Collins then summoned Scott Atchison, who retired Green on a flyout, too.

Harvey’s line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

His pitch count matched the fourth-highest in the majors this season, trailing only starts by Justin Verlander (126 pitches), Cliff Lee (122) and Bud Norris (122).

Gooden appears to have become a sincere Harvey aficionado. He tweeted Harvey’s current K count after each of Harvey’s seven strikeouts.

The lone run against Harvey opened the scoring in the third inning. Juan Pierre and Donovan Solano singled consecutively to open the frame. Giancarlo Stanton then grounded into a run-scoring double play.

The seven hits were the most surrendered by Harvey this season.

The 20-year-old Fernandez, who has been kept on strict pitch counts, departed after four innings and 81 pitches. He allowed three hits and two runs while walking three and striking out four.

Curiously, Fernandez was allowed to hit against Harvey in the bottom of the fourth with two on and two out, even though Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler replaced him on the mound to start the following half-inning.

Fernandez struck out and Harvey maintained the Mets’ 2-1 lead.

Koehler, incidentally, tossed three scoreless innings in relief.

BUCK SHOT: In his first game back in Miami since he was traded to Toronto and then to the Mets last offseason, Buck belted a 439-foot, two-run homer off Fernandez in the fourth to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. It was Buck’s ninth homer, matching Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1976) for the franchise record for April. With one day remaining in the month, Buck has 25 RBIs, one shy of matching Jeff Kent’s April franchise record, set in 1994.

Buck did strike out in the 10th inning with the potential go-ahead run at third base.

HAMMY WHAMMY: Stanton left the game with a right hamstring strain.

WHAT’S NEXT: Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.12 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Byrd contributes 1st walk-off RBI in 2 years

April, 7, 2013

Al Bello/Getty ImagesMarlon Byrd reacts to delivering a game-ending two-run single in the ninth to beat the Marlins, 4-3.
After getting released by the Boston Red Sox last June, then serving a 50-game MLB suspension for a banned substance and not getting picked up at the end of the season, Marlon Byrd revived his career in the Mexican League during the winter.

He contributed his biggest hit since joining the Mets on Sunday afternoon.

After Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch with one out in the ninth and alertly went first-to-third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' single to take advantage of left fielder Juan Pierre's weak arm, Byrd singled inside the third-base bag against Marlins closer Steve Cishek. That plated both teammates and lifted the Mets to a 4-3 win at Citi Field.

Byrd, 35, produced his first walk-off RBI since Sept. 16, 2011, when his run-scoring infield single in the 12th lifted the Cubs past Houston.

The come-from-behind win gave the Mets a 4-2 homestand against the San Diego Padres and Marlins and provided Scott Rice with his first major league win.

After starting the first four games of the season, Byrd did not play Saturday and came off the bench Sunday. He had struck out twice before the ninth-inning heroics.

"You come in the game. You want to help right away," Byrd said. "The 0-for-2 with two strikeouts kind of leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It was nice to come through."

Said Terry Collins: "To do what he did last winter, to try to resurrect his career by going to the Mexican League and playing winter ball, you're not going to find a lot of veterans who will do that. He knows he wants to continue to play and he knows he has a chance to make a contribution here. And I think you're going to see him as prepared as anybody for whatever role we put him in or whatever situation we put him in."

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

April, 7, 2013

WHAT IT MEANS: Two outs away from a .500 homestand, the Mets displayed ninth-inning magic.

Marlon Byrd's two-run single provided a walk-off win as the Mets rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Marlins closer Steve Cishek on Sunday. The 4-3 victory deprived Miami phenom Jose Fernandez of a win in his major league debut.

Sunday's comeback victory gave the Mets (4-2) consecutive series wins to open a season for only the second time in the past 11 years.

Al Bello/Getty ImagesAaron Laffey surrendered three runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in his Mets debut.

TALE OF TWO FILL-INS: With starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the disabled list, the Marlins filled the void by calling up the 20-year-old Fernandez, who had never pitched above Class A. The Mets went the journeyman route, bypassing Zack Wheeler for Aaron Laffey.

The result: Fernandez, a Cuban defector and the youngest Marlins starting pitcher ever, retired the first 10 major league batters he faced before Daniel Murphy singled in the fourth. Laffey, meanwhile, was charged with three earned runs on 10 hits, a walk and a hit batter while lasting only 4 1/3 innings.

Terry Collins conservatively estimated the Mets would need two or three starts by Laffey or another placeholder for Shaun Marcum -- although there is no clear indication Marcum's neck and shoulder pain will dissipate and he can resume pitching after receiving targeted injections Thursday.

If the Mets lose patience with Laffey, and given they have shown no intention to call up Wheeler, the primary rotation alternative likely would be Collin McHugh.

McHugh, who is on the 40-man roster, was 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) for the Mets last season. In his first Triple-A appearance with Las Vegas, he limited Sacramento to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings Saturday.

Because of a Thursday off day, the Mets can delay using their fifth starter until April 16 at Colorado if they choose. If they went straight through the rotation, the Laffey spot next would come up Saturday at Minnesota.

Fernandez ultimately limited the Mets to one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He departed with a 3-1 lead. The lone damage came on an RBI double by Anthony Recker in the catcher's Mets debut.

The Mets have now received 10 RBIs from their catchers this season, after getting only 48 RBIs during the entire 2012 season.

Fernandez's eight strikeouts were the most ever by a Marlin in his MLB debut. It also matched the most ever by a debuting pitcher against the Mets. Jason Jennings had eight strikeouts with the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 23, 2001, at Shea Stadium, in a game Juan Pierre also started in the outfield.

The last pitcher to win his MLB debut against the Mets remains Tyler Clippard as a Yankee on May 20, 2007.

The past eight starting pitchers to make their MLB debut against the Mets before Fernandez -- Tyler Cloyd,Tommy Milone, Yunesky Maya, John Ely, J.D. Martin, Daniel Barone, Joel Hanrahan and J.A. Happ -- had been a combined 0-5 with a 6.98 ERA.

MURPH! Murphy greeted Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the sixth to pull the Mets within 3-2. It was Murphy's second homer of the homestand. Murphy didn't produce his second homer last season until he went deep twice in a June 27 game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

David Wright tagged up on the left fielder Pierre to reach second base later in the sixth, but Ramos struck out pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin looking and retired Lucas Duda on a groundout to end the threat.

ATCH! After a misplay in left field by Duda on a fly ball resulted in a double and placed two Marlins in scoring position, Scott Atchison entered and bailed out the Mets. He retired Adeiny Hechavarria on a comebacker and struck out Chris Valaika to keep the Mets' deficit at one run.

EX-FILES: Ex-Met Jon Rauch tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the Marlins.

WHAT'S NEXT: Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50) as the Mets open a three-city, 10-game trip on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets 4, Marlins 1: Nearly a 1-hit wonder

March, 7, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets came within an out of a one-hit shutout and beat the Miami Marlins, 4-1, Thursday at Tradition Field.

The lone hit through 8 2/3 innings came on a sixth-inning infield single by Juan Pierre against Josh Edgin. The lone run came on a two-out homer in the ninth by J.T. Realmuto against submariner Greg Burke.

After 4 1/3 no-hit innings by Matt Harvey, Pedro Feliciano, Edgin, Brandon Lyon and Scott Rice carried the shutout bid to the ninth.

Anthony Recker opened the scoring with an RBI single against Ricky Nolasco in the second. Matt den Dekker added a solo homer in the fifth against Mitch Talbot. Andrew Brown had an RBI double and Justin Turner drove in a run with a single an inning later, also against Talbot.

Game tidbits:

BUCK SHOT: Talbot plunked John Buck on the arm with a sixth-inning pitch, but Buck said it was a nonissue postgame.

OUT AND ABOUT: Turner logged two innings in left field -- his first outfield action since his first season as a professional, in 2006.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 3, Mets 2

September, 19, 2012

WHAT IT MEANS: Matt Harvey’s 2012 season is in the books.

Harvey surrendered a game-opening homer to Jimmy Rollins but no other hits in seven innings and is now being shut down for the season because of an innings limit. He went out with a no-decision, though, despite his success. The Mets dropped to 4-23 at home since the All-Star break with a deflating 3-2 defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

With Frank Francisco unavailable because of elbow tendinitis, rookie Josh Edgin handled the ninth inning with a string of lefties due up, bidding for his first major league save. Edgin struck out Rollins and pinch hitter Ty Wiggington to open the frame, then walked Chase Utley on a full-count pitch. Ryan Howard followed with a two-run homer. Howard had struck out 38 times in 80 at-bats against left-handers this season before taking Edgin deep.

Alex Trautwig/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey allowed only one hit in seven innings but received a no-decision.

The Mets (66-82) clinched their fourth straight losing season. It also reduced the tragic number for postseason elimination to three pending the outcome of St. Louis’ game against Houston.

Edgin had 33 career minor league saves -- 27 of which came in 2011 in Class A. He had only a 2-1 lead to work with because Andres Torres grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. Bobby Parnell had contributed a scoreless top half of that inning.

A half-inning after Harvey overcame a pair of walks in the sixth by coaxing an inning-ending double play from Juan Pierre, David Wright hit a solo homer against Cole Hamels for a 2-1 lead.

Wright went deep for the first time since Aug. 24, against Houston's Jordan Lyles. He is now five hits shy of matching Ed Kranepool's career franchise record of 1,418.

Harvey finished his first major league season with a 2.73 ERA. That’s the third-best ERA in franchise history for a rookie making at least 10 starts in his first year in the majors. The only better: Jim McAndrew (2.28, 1968) and Dwight Gooden (2.60, 1984).

Harvey, who finished with a 3-5 record, logged a combined 169 1/3 regular-season innings between the majors and minors. In 59 1/3 innings at the major league level, he allowed 42 hits, walked 26 and struck out 70.

By crossing 50 innings, Harvey will not be considered a rookie in 2013.

The Mets extended their franchise record for failing to exceed three runs to 15 straight home games. The major league record for that futility is 18 straight home games by the 1915 Yankees at the Polo Grounds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Mets did snap another streak: For the first time in 12 home games, they scored in the opening three innings.

Ruben Tejada singled, stole his third base of the season and scored on Daniel Murphy’s single to even the score at 1 in the third against Hamels. The Mets had not scored that early in a game at Citi Field since Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly plated Tejada on Aug. 22 against the Colorado Rockies.

YER OUT: Jordany Valdespin was ejected by Bob Davidson for arguing with the plate umpire after striking out as a pinch hitter to open the bottom of the ninth.

WHAT’S NEXT: In the rainout makeup, Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95) at 7:10 p.m. Thursday.

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

September, 17, 2012

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The Mets face (l to r) Cliff Lee, Tyler Cloyd and Cole Hamels at Citi Field.
METS (66-80, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (73-74, third place/NL East)

Monday: RHP R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.88) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92) vs. RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06), 7:10 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

• Philadelphia, which catapulted back into the wild-card race after being 10 games under .500 thanks to 15 wins in a 19-game stretch, then proceeded to lose three of four during the weekend at lowly Houston. The Phillies (73-74) are now four games behind the St. Louis Cardinals (77-70) for the second wild-card slot. The Los Angeles Dodgers (76-71), Milwaukee Brewers (74-72) and Pittsburgh Pirates (73-72) also are ahead in the standings.

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September call-up Darin Ruf produced 38 homers at Double-A Reading this season.

• All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz returned Sept. 9 after missing more than a month with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot. Ruiz should start every other day down the stretch because the foot is not 100 percent.

• Third baseman Placido Polanco is on the DL with lower-back inflammation and is unlikely to return this season. Kevin Frandsen primarily has handled the position in Polanco’s absence -- although Michael Martinez started seven straight games last week because Frandsen is playing through pain from a stress fracture in his left shin, which resulted from fouling a ball off himself.

Ryan Howard is four homers shy of 300. Chase Utley needs two homers for 200.

• First baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf made his major league debut Friday as a pinch hitter at Houston. Ruf, who does not really have a position, produced 38 homers at Double-A Reading this season, including 20 in August. The long ball total led all of minor league baseball in 2012 and topped Howard’s Reading-record 37, set in 2004. Ruf, a 20th-round pick in 2009 out of Creighton, is expected to see some action in left field for the Phillies.

• Since the trades of Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants, lefty-hitting Juan Pierre and righty-hitting Ty Wigginton have shared left field, John Mayberry Jr. has manned center and Domonic Brown primarily has handled right field. Pierre is due to be a free agent after the season. Mayberry is hitting .347 with four homers and 18 RBIs in his past 27 games.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Citizens Bank Park, Aug. 28-30 (AP game recaps)

Mets 9, Phillies 5 (10 innings): Ike Davis hit a tiebreaking double during a four-run 10th inning and Kelly Shoppach added a two-run homer. Shoppach hit a tying double in the eighth and then connected off B.J. Rosenberg (0-2) to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Mike Baxter also hit a two-run shot. More

Mets 3, Phillies 2: Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer and Matt Harvey had another sharp outing. Duda, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo three days earlier, also made an excellent catch in left field to preserve the lead and even stole a base. Harvey (3-3) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out six in 6 1/3 innings. He also had an RBI single. Tyler Cloyd (0-1) was decent in his major league debut filling in for Cole Hamels, who was scratched from the start because of a gastrointestinal illness. Cloyd allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. More

Phillies 3, Mets 2: Kyle Kendrick (8-9) allowed solo homers in the first two innings to Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston, but did not permit another run before leaving with two outs in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 30th save as the Phillies avoided a three-game sweep. Jimmy Rollins was pulled for the start of the seventh inning. He failed to run hard on a dropped popup that could have put him on second base. He stole second base, then was caught in a rundown on a grounder and was tagged out. More

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

August, 27, 2012

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The Phillies conceded 2012 with the trades of (l to r) Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino and Jim Thome.
METS (59-69, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (61-67, third place/NL East)

Tuesday: RHP Chris Young (3-7, 4.33) vs. RHP Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99), 7:05 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Jon Niese (10-7, 3.51) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12), 1:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

• The Phillies’ five-year run as division champs will come to an end. Philadelphia’s dismantling included trading:

Aug. 3: Right-hander Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Ryan O’Sullivan.

July 31: Center fielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for Ethan Martin, Josh Lindblom and a player to be named or cash.

July 31: Right fielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for Nate Schierholtz, Seth Rosin and Tommy Joseph.

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Cole Hamels committed to the Phillies long term, signing a six-year, $144 million extension.

July 1: Right-hander Chad Qualls to the New York Yankees for a player to be named or cash.

June 30: First baseman Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles for Gabriel Lino and Kyle Simon.

• Left-hander Cole Hamels agreed to a six-year, $144 million extension on July 25, after the Phillies explored trades.

• Philadelphia swept the Nationals in a three-game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee had been winless in his past 12 home starts (0-6) before limiting Washington to one run in seven innings. The ex-Dodger Lindblom notched his first career save with closer Jonathan Papelbon having worked the previous three days.

• Left fielder Juan Pierre stole his 586th base Sunday, tying Maury Wills for 19th on MLB’s all-time list. Pierre is the majors’ active leader in steals.

• Outfielder Domonic Brown has missed two straight games with a sore left knee. Brown had started 22 straight games since a promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which coincided with the trades of Victorino and Pence. Brown initially started in left field, then in right field once the ex-Giant Schierholtz suffered a broken right big toe. Schierholtz began a rehab assignment Sunday. He is not expected to rejoin the Phillies until after the series against the Mets. John Mayberry Jr. has taken over for Victorino in center field.

• Despite being activated from the disabled list last Monday, Placido Polanco has started only two games in the past week because of continued lower-back inflammation. Kevin Frandsen has subbed for Polanco at third base.

• Journeyman Erik Kratz, 32, is the Phillies’ primary catch, with rookie Steven Lerud -- who has yet to make his major league debut -- the backup. Lerud has played in only nine career games above the Double-A level. Ex-Met Brian Schneider landed on the disabled list Friday with a strained left hamstring. He joined Carlos Ruiz (foot) on the DL.

• Right-handed reliever Phillippe Aumont, who had been the centerpiece of the deal that sent Lee to Seattle in December 2009, made his major league debut Thursday.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Citi Field, July 3-5 (AP game recaps)

Mets 11, Phillies 1: Jon Niese had a two-run single to back his fine performance on the mound and David Wright hit a three-run homer. Niese (7-3) pitched a season-high eight innings and gave up three hits, one a homer to Carlos Ruiz. His hit in the second inning put New York up for good in front of 42,516, the highest attendance in the four-year history of Citi Field. Ruben Tejada had an RBI single among his three hits. He put on a show at shortstop, too. Daniel Murphy finished a homer short of the cycle, doubled twice, drove in four runs and made a leaping catch and diving stop at second base. Tejada led off the game with an 11-pitch out and it rarely got much easier for Vance Worley (4-5) and Philadelphia's bullpen. More

Phillies 9, Mets 2: Cliff Lee finally posted his first victory of the season and Philadelphia hit three late homers. Lee (1-5) had gone a puzzling 13 starts this year without a victory. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning against Chris Young as the Phillies rallied from a 2-0 deficit. Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the ninth against Jeremy Hefner capped the surge. More

Mets 6, Phillies 5: David Wright singled off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Mets to a comeback that preserved R.A. Dickey's 11-game winning streak. Josh Thole prevented a run in the eighth when he held on to the ball despite being barreled over at home plate. Daniel Murphy lined a shot off Papelbon's leg for the tying run with two outs in the ninth, setting the stage for Wright. Cole Hamels outlasted Dickey in a matchup of All-Stars that fizzled from the start. More



Bartolo Colon
11 3.85 125 161
BAD. Murphy .297
HRL. Duda 22
RBIL. Duda 66
RD. Murphy 69
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 145