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Minors 8.13.13: Campbell double lifts 51s

August, 14, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, NEW ORLEANS 3: Eric Campbell (2-for-2, walk) delivered a two-out double in the eighth to plate Francisco Pena and break a 3-all tie. Right-hander Jacob deGrom pitched six innings for the 51s and allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk. DeGrom also produced his first professional homer -- a solo shot in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie. Robert Carson earned his 10th save after entering with two outs in the ninth and retiring pinch hitter Nick Green. John Church (2-0) earned the win in relief. Box

READING 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Reading scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, including the game-winner on a wild pitch by Jeff Walters. It marked the second time this

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season Binghamton lost on a walk-off wild pitch. The other instance: John Church on April 23 in the 10th inning at Portland. It was Walters’ first blown save since June 6 against Trenton and snapped a streak of 20 straight save conversions. Walters (3-2) suffered his third blown save of the season and first loss since May 24. The B-Mets had overcome an early deficit with a four-run rally with two outs in the seventh. The B-Mets handed a 6-5 lead to Walters in ninth. Pitching for the first time in five days, the righty recorded the first out on one pitch before surrendering a single to Matt Tolbert and a double to Sebastian Valle. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Anthony Hewitt tied the score with an infield single. Walters spiked the next pitch past catcher Blake Forsythe, allowing Valle to score the game-winning run. Trailing 4-2, Binghamton saved its offensive magic for the seventh. Colby Shreve collected the first two outs, but then allowed two to reach. Cory Vaughn cut the deficit to one and ended Shreve’s night with an RBI single. Southpaw Austin Wright entered to face Allan Dykstra. After taking two out of the zone, Dykstra launched a towering drive over the right-field wall for a go-ahead three-run homer. The long ball was Dykstra’s 19th of the season and first since July 22. Dykstra matched his career high. He also had 19 homers in 2011 with the B-Mets. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 4: Kevin Plawecki's two-run homer in the seventh lifted St. Lucie (64-49) out of a one-run deficit. Starter Rainy Lara allowed four runs in six innings. Cody Satterwhite (2-1) earned the win in relief. T.J. Chism notched his 16th save. He recorded the final five outs. Box

ROME 2, SAVANNAH 1: Rome broke a 1-all tie in the bottom of the eighth against Wanel Mesa. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run on three hits and no walks in six innings in a no-decision. The Gnats' lone run came in the fifth, when Jorge Rivero's single plated Nelfi Zapata. Box

PRINCETON 2, KINGSPORT 0
PRINCETON 6, KINGSPORT 2: Martires Arias (1-6) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in six innings in Game 1. Princeton jumped on Yoan Gonzalez for three first-inning runs in the nightcap to complete the sweep. Richie Rodriguez had a solo homer in the loss. Box 1, Box 2

GCL MARLINS 2, GCL METS 1: Casey Meisner suffered a tough-luck loss after allowing one run, unearned, on four hits and three walks in six innings. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Oswald Caraballo scored on a groundout by Luis Guillorme as the Mets (14-32) pulled within a run. With potential tying run Jose Garcia at third base, Branden Kaupe popped out to third base to end the game. Guillorme's two-out fielding error at shortstop in the second resulted in an unearned run when Christian Rivera followed with a double against Meisner. Box

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Series preview: Mets at Marlins

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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

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• 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

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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).

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 4, Mets 3 (15)

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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.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

April, 28, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Wade LeBlanc during their series in Miami this week.
METS (10-13, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (6-19, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.54) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.12) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton finally homered Saturday, in his 75th plate appearance of the season. Stanton, who led the National League in slugging percentage in 2012, added two more homers Sunday. He went RBI-less in his first 12 games of the season, but has produced nine RBIs in his past seven games.


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Giancarlo Stanton has belted three homers in his past two games.


• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (bruised right elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated until after the Mets series. Chris Valaika started four straight games at the position before Nick Green got the nod Sunday. Green homered for the first time since 2009.

• Rookie Jose Fernandez has allowed nine runs in nine innings over his past two starts. He has been kept on a tight pitch count. He has thrown 80, 85, 79 and 79 pitches in his four major league starts. Fernandez, who allowed only two homers in 138 1/3 minor league innings (all in Class A), surrendered his first big league long ball Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Oswaldo Arcia took the 20-year-old Fernandez deep.

Fernandez, a Cuban defector, was taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa. The Mets selected outfielder Brandon Nimmo one pick earlier. Besides Fernandez, three of the other first 100 picks in that ’11 draft have reached the majors: right-hander Trevor Bauer, third overall, UCLA, Arizona Diamondbacks; right-hander Dylan Bundy, fourth overall, Owasso (Okla.) H.S., Baltimore Orioles; and outfielder Jackie Bradley, 40th overall, University of South Carolina, Boston Red Sox.

• Owner Jeffrey Loria created another stir when he was accused in a report of dictating which game of a day-night doubleheader Fernandez pitched in Minnesota. Loria denied a role.

• Ex-Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey is winless through five starts despite a 2.43 ERA. The Marlins have scored a total of six runs in Slowey’s five outings. Slowey did not appear in the majors last season. He made eight Triple-A starts with the Cleveland Indians in 2012 before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Mike Redmond, the first-year Marlins manager, caught Slowey’s major league debut on June 1, 2007. Slowey limited Bob Geren’s Oakland Athletics to one run in six innings in an eventual 3-2, 10-inning win.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler joined the Marlins’ bullpen on April 19, replacing John Maine, who was designated for assignment. Maine, in his first major league duty since 2010 with the Mets, allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings spanning four appearances.

• Closer Steve Cishek has three losses and a blown save and has allowed runs in six of 11 appearances this season. He earned his third save Sunday despite surrendering a homer to the Cubs’ Dioner Navarro.

• Rookie Joe Mahoney is day to day with right hamstring tightness. Mahoney had taken over for plug Greg Dobbs at first base in Casey Kotchman and Logan Morrison’s absences before this hamstring issue arose. Mahoney is a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles. He played at Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. The 26-year-old Mahoney was activated from the DL on April 17 after recovering from an oblique injury.

Marlins 4, Mets 2: TC keeping the faith

March, 16, 2013
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Shaun Marcum allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in four innings as the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins, 4-2, Saturday at Tradition Field.

“The mechanics are starting to feel a lot better,” Marcum said. “I feel like I’m starting to repeat them a lot more. Other than that, now it’s just starting to mix in some more pitches. I threw some cutters today.”

Marcum said the cutter is a “huge” pitch for him.

“I don’t throw awful hard, so I have got to be able to locate that pitch and have my two-seamer to go along with that -- try to play that crisscross game where I’m cutting it in and sinking it away and stuff like that,” Marcum said. “So it’s very important for me.”


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Pedro Feliciano worked an inning-plus Saturday.


Game tidbits:

KEEP THE FAITH: Terry Collins had not yet received the X-ray results on Justin Turner’s sprained right ankle postgame, but the manager also believed it was not severe. Collins said Zach Lutz will start at third base Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

“I don’t think Justin is very serious the way it sounded,” Collins said. “It is what it is. You can’t get discouraged. You can’t get down. … If you let it get you down, all of a sudden it spreads to the players. They get frustrated.

“Hey, look, it’s spring training. We’ve still got 15 games to go. We’ve got to go play. You’ve got to get yourself ready, let the trainers do their thing, let the doctors do their thing. And then we’ve got to get the players ready that are remaining here. When we get to the end of spring training, we’ll decide which 25 are physically able to go north.”

PERPETUAL CHALLENGE: Lefty specialist Pedro Feliciano, whose velocity is still hovering in the 83 mph range, nonetheless tossed a 1-2-3 sixth inning with two strikeouts -- against lefty-hitting Chris Coghlan and righty-hitting Donovan Solano.

Feliciano stayed on for the following frame and surrendered a leadoff double to lefty Casey Kotchman before departing. Greg Burke inherited Kotchman and allowed him to score.

OVERTIME FACEOFF: Jeurys Familia departed in the ninth with his pitch count at 45 after a 17-pitch faceoff against Chone Figgins that ended with a walk. Familia walked three and allowed two hits during a 1 1/3-inning appearance. He surrendered a solo homer to Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich.

TWIN KILLING: Right-hander Dylan Owen, borrowed from minor league camp, completed the top of the ninth after Familia exited. Owen coaxed a double-play grounder from Nick Green, the lone batter he faced. Owen, 26, went 4-9 with a 6.28 ERA in 28 appearances (10 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo last season.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

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The Mets face (l to r) Wade LeBlanc, Nathan Eovaldi and Josh Johnson during the midweek series against the Marlins.
METS (53-56, third place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (49-60, fifth place/NL East)

Tuesday: LHP Jon Niese (8-5, 3.72) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-1, 1.35), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Chris Young (3-5, 4.22) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP R.A. Dickey (14-3, 2.82) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (7-7, 3.85), 12:10 p.m. ET

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Jose Reyes takes a career-high 24-game hitting streak into the series against the Mets. It’s the longest hitting streak in the majors this season, topping a 23-game streak by the Yankees’ Robinson Cano from June 24 to July 20. Reyes has the fourth-longest hitting streak in Marlins history, trailing only Luis Castillo’s franchise-record 35-game streak in 2002 as well as Emilio Bonifacio’s 26-game streak in 2011 and Kevin Millar’s 25-game streak in 2002. Reyes is hitting .371 (36-for-97) with eight doubles, two triples and four homers during the streak.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reyes is the first reigning batting champ with a 20-plus-game hitting streak the following season since Nomar Garciaparra in 2000. His streak is the longest by a reigning batting champ since Wade Boggs had a 25-gamer in 1987. And Reyes is the first reigning NL champ with a streak of this length since Stan Musial had a 24-gamer in 1952.

• Reyes moved to the No. 3 slot in the order on July 27, with the second baseman Bonifacio moving into Reyes’ leadoff slot and Carlos Lee shifting from third to cleanup. Bonifacio suffered a sprained left thumb Friday and has landed on the DL, but Reyes remains third. Nick Green was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans. Rookie Donovan Solano started during the weekend at second base.


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Jose Reyes takes the longest hitting streak in the majors this season into Citi Field on Tuesday.


Reyes and Bonifacio are the first Marlins tandem with 25-plus steals apiece since 2002, when Castillo (48 steals), Andy Fox (31) and Eric Owens (26) all exceeded that total.

• In their latest fire sale, the Marlins shipped Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers with Randy Choate on July 25 for Nathan Eovaldi and minor leaguer Scott McGough. Ramirez is owed $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.

First baseman Gaby Sanchez was dealt to Pirates six days later with minor leaguer Kyle Kaminska for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a draft pick. Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez landed in Detroit for right-hander Jacob Turner and minor leaguers Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn and a swap of draft picks. Edward Mujica was dealt to the Cardinals.

• Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (.284, 19 HR, 50 RBIs) began a rehab assignment Thursday after recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He should return for the series against the Mets.

• Eovaldi faced the Mets in his final start with the Dodgers. He allowed one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven in a 96-pitch effort that lasted only 4 1/3 innings at Citi Field.

• The Marlins acquired Lee from the Astros on July 4 for Matt Dominguez and minor leaguer Rob Rasmussen. Lee, who is playing first base, has an 11-game hitting streak. Houston picked up the $9 million owed to Lee, less the prorated major league minimum.

Heath Bell, who is in the first season of a three-year, $27 million deal, has not worked in a save chance since allowing three runs in a blown save at St. Louis on July 8. Steve Cishek is 5-for-5 in save chances since that point.

• Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was acquired from the Padres in a Nov. 22 trade for John Baker. He made 16 starts at New Orleans before joining Miami’s bullpen on July 1. He will be making his second Marlins start, as his audition to remain a starter continues. LeBlanc allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings while throwing 71 pitches at Atlanta on Wednesday.

LeBlanc displaced from the rotation Carlos Zambrano, who last Monday made his first relief appearance since Aug. 4, 2010.

• Center fielder Justin Ruggiano (.340) started Sunday for the first time in five days. He had been dealing with back spasms. The 30-year-old former Ray, a nine-year minor leaguer, was acquired from Houston on May 26 after playing in 39 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Last series results

Miami won, 2-1, at Marlins Park, May 11-13 (AP game recaps)

Marlins 6, Mets 5: Greg Dobbs’ two-out single in the ninth inning scored Emilio Bonifacio from second base with the winning run. The Marlins scored twice in the ninth off Frank Francisco to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Francisco blew his second save in 10 chances. His ERA rose to 6.59. More

Mets 9, Marlins 3: David Wright pulled an RBI single in the first inning, then sent three subsequent hits to the opposite field with a variety of trajectories. The net result: Three singles, one homer and three RBIs for Wright to help the Mets beat Ricky Nolasco. It was the fourth consecutive multi-hit game for Wright, hiking his NL-leading average to .402. R.A. Dickey (5-1) pitched six innings and sent the Marlins to only their second loss in the past 11 games. More

Marlins 8, Mets 4: Giancarlo Stanton's two-out slam capped a comeback Sunday by the Marlins, who scored six times in the ninth inning to beat an angry Frank Francisco. The Marlins trailed 4-2 when Emilio Bonifacio led off the ninth with his second triple of the game against the struggling Francisco (1-3). John Buck walked and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs followed with an RBI single. Francisco was then replaced, and he walked slowly toward plate umpire Todd Tichenor, hollering angrily. Manager Terry Collins stepped between Tichenor and Francisco, who was ejected even though he was already out of the game. Manny Acosta replaced Francisco, and Jose Reyes' sacrifice fly made the score 4-all. After a popup, Hanley Ramirez walked and Austin Kearns was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Stanton's pink Mother's Day bat then closed out the victory, launching the first pitch over the left-center wall near the animated home run sculpture. More

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187