A surprising five-game winning streak has changed the mood of the New York Mets .
The last-place Miami Marlins certainly aren't enjoying themselves.
The Mets go for their longest winning streak in more than two years as they attempt to deal the Marlins a 10th straight defeat Friday night.
New York (22-29) is on the verge of its first six-game win streak since April 21-27, 2011, and the current surge has been wholly unexpected following a 3-12 stretch in which the Mets posted a 5.39 ERA.
"I tried everything that I knew to try and it wasn't working: the pats on the back, the 'hang with them,'" manager Terry Collins said. "So you just had to say, 'Hey look, it's got to be now. It's got to be stepped up right this minute,' and they did it."
The Mets did it in stunning fashion, compiling a 1.80 ERA during the winning streak and holding the Yankees to seven runs while sweeping the four-game Subway Series, capping it with a 3-1 victory Thursday.
"It's a lot more fun to come to the ballpark. Guys are smiling, laughing, having a good time, playing a little more loosely," third baseman David Wright said. "When you go out there and you feel like you have to play perfect to win games, that's when you get a little tense and start making some silly mistakes."
Wright went 5 for 14 over the past four games, and might have a good chance to continue that hot hitting in this three-game set. He's a .356 hitter at Miami in his last 12 contests there.
The Marlins (13-41) have batted .209 while losing nine in a row, falling 5-2 to Tampa Bay on Thursday. They haven't endured a longer slide since dropping 11 straight from June 11-20, 2011.
Marcum seemed headed for that elusive victory Sunday. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 12, but left after giving up two runs in the seventh in a 4-2 win over Atlanta.
Marcum has gone 0-1 while allowing six runs in 7 1-3 innings over two games versus the Marlins - both in Miami. He was charged with a 4-3, 15-inning loss to them April 29, giving up two runs in the final inning.
Jacob Turner is set to make his season debut for the Marlins after going 3-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A New Orleans.
The right-hander was 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts for Miami last year after being acquired in a five-player trade with Detroit in July.
"Obviously, he was a guy in spring training that we anticipated being in the rotation, and it didn't work out," manager Mike Redmond told the team's official website. "So we're looking for him to come up and be a spark and take advantage of this opportunity. Hopefully, he's pounding the strike zone, and he'll go out there and log some innings for us and give us a chance to win."
Turner pitched 7 2-3 innings of one-run ball in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Oct. 2, though he didn't get the decision. He has a 2.84 ERA in two career starts versus New York.
|New York Mets|
|May 30, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 30, 2013||Ruben Tejada||15-Day DL||Right quad strain|
|May 29, 2013||Ruben Tejada||Day-to-Day||Left game - quad injury|
|May 14, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|May 09, 2013||Jeurys Familia||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|April 29, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||15-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
MIAMI (AP) -- Jacob Turner 's season debut was a rousing success.
After pitcher Alex Sanabia was placed on the disabled list earlier in the week, Turner was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to take his spot in the rotation. The 22-year-old right-hander responded by tossing seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Marcell Ozuna had three hits to help the Miami Marlins halt a nine-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the New York Mets on Friday night.
"I feel I've been throwing the ball like this in Triple-A," said Turner, who was drafted ninth overall by Detroit in 2009 and traded to the Marlins last season. "To be honest with you, it was a matter of time of making the adjustments I needed to make and get everything right."
Recalled before the game, Turner (1-0) allowed five hits and walked one while striking out three.
"Turner did a tremendous job coming up," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I know he was excited to get the opportunity to go out there and start."
Turner was 3-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 10 starts with New Orleans before the promotion.
"The last five or six starts, everything's coming together," Turner said. "Obviously, it took a little bit longer than I would have liked but I'm happy that it is here now."
Pinch-hitter Jordan Brown hit a two-run double, and Ed Lucas and Jeff Mathis each drove home a run in the pivotal seventh as the Marlins won for the third time in 19 games.
"A lot of good things out there tonight," Redmond said.
After sweeping four Subway Series games from the New York Yankees , the Mets had their longest winning streak of the season snapped at five.
Shaun Marcum (0-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings, becoming the first Mets pitcher to open a season with six consecutive losses since Mike Pelfrey went 0-7 in 2007. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 over seven strong innings in a no-decision Sunday night against Atlanta.
"It's just one of those nights where he kept us in the game, gave us a chance, we didn't mount much offense - but I certainly wasn't disappointed with the way Shaun pitches, that's for sure," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Ozuna led off the fifth with a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest current run in the majors. He is batting .356 (21 for 59) during the streak.
"I feel good because I'm enjoying my game," Ozuna said. "The manager and coaches give me confidence and always stress that I remain calm and also have fun."
Marcum got out of a bases-loaded jam when Jeff Mathis bounced into a double play, keeping the game scoreless.
Derek Dietrich doubled to start the seventh for the Marlins and Ozuna followed with a bloop single. Two batters later, Lucas, making his first major league start, blooped a single of his own for his first career hit after 10 years in the minors. That scored Dietrich for a 1-0 lead.
"It's been 10 years. I never stopped hoping," Lucas said. "I finally got an opportunity. Hopefully there will be more to come."
Mathis came up with the bases loaded again and this time delivered a sacrifice fly. Brown batted for Turner and hit a two-run double to left-center, making it 4-0 and ending Marcum's night.
"It's frustrating," Marcum said. "I think every pitcher will tell you it's more frustrating making quality pitches and having bloopers fall in."
Daniel Murphy hit an RBI double in the eighth for the Mets. Ozuna had an RBI double in the bottom half.
NOTES: Ozuna's hitting streak is the second-longest by a Marlins rookie behind Edgar Renteria 's 22-game run in 1996. ... Murphy is hitting .382 (29 for 76) in his last 19 games. ... Marlins prospect Jake Marisnick hit two grand slams and had nine RBIs on Thursday with Double-A Jacksonville. ... Miami rookie RHP Jose Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA) will face the Mets for the third time this season Saturday when he pitches against RHP Collin McHugh , a replacement for ailing LHP Jonathon Niese . Fernandez has not received a decision in his first two starts against New York and has a 3.00 ERA. "He's got one of the better arms in the entire league," Collins said.