Ozuna looks to extend the longest active hitting streak in the majors while Fernandez tries to rebound from the worst outing of his rookie season when the Marlins host the New York Mets on Saturday.
The calendar may be flipping to June, but Miami (14-41) seems headed for a third straight season with a losing record. Ozuna and Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA), however, have been rare bright spots.
Ozuna, 22, leads the Marlins with a .330 average since being recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville after Giancarlo Stanton went on the disabled list due to a strained right hamstring April 30.
Stanton is still out, and Ozuna is making the most of his opportunity. The rookie right fielder is batting .356 during a 16-game hitting streak, the team's longest since Jose Reyes ' 26-game run last year. It's also the second-longest by a Marlins rookie behind Edgar Renteria 's 22-game hit streak in 1996.
"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."
Ozuna seems to enjoy facing the Mets (22-30), going 6 for 11 in three meetings after collecting three hits and an RBI in Friday's 5-1 win. The Marlins snapped a nine-game skid behind seven shutout innings from Jacob Turner , another of their top prospects.
Fernandez will try to make it two straight in the middle game of this series by bouncing back from his shortest outing of the season in Monday's 10-6 loss at Tampa Bay. The 20-year-old right-hander was roughed up for a season-high seven runs - four earned - with six strikeouts and three walks in 3 1-3 innings.
He had been 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA over his four previous outings.
"The most important part is I'm learning from it," Fernandez told the team's official website.
Facing an NL East rival may be just what Fernandez needs. He has a 1.33 ERA in five starts within the division but is 1-0 since he's been backed by eight runs.
Fernandez has yet to receive a decision while allowing three runs with 12 strikeouts in nine innings over two starts against New York.
"He's got one of the better arms in the entire league," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Collins would like to see his club get back on track after its season-high five-game winning streak was halted in the series opener.
Daniel Murphy may play a role in that since he's hitting .389 over his past 18 games after getting two hits Friday, including an RBI double. He has a .333 average in his last 13 visits to Miami, getting at least one hit in 12 of them.
McHugh has made two relief appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 14. The right-hander has allowed four runs and two homers in three innings, last pitching against Cincinnati on May 21.
McHugh went 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA in four starts last year, and this will be his first against the Marlins. He surrendered a walkoff single in the 11th inning in Miami on Oct. 2.
|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) -- Jose Fernandez bounced back from his worst outing of the season with a dominant effort against the Mets.
He pitched seven scoreless innings and had two hits with an RBI to help the Miami Marlins past the Mets 8-1 on Saturday. Fernandez (3-3) allowed just three hits and struck out eight to give the Marlins their fourth winning streak of the season. Miami has won two straight games three times and three in a row once.
Fernandez retired his final 11 hitters and struck out the side in the seventh. He also had an RBI single in in the second, and doubled and scored in the seventh. He did this all in front of his mom, who he flew in from their adopted hometown of Tampa on Saturday morning. She saw him win as a major leaguer for the first time.
"I woke up early, I went and picked her up and then we had lunch together," he said. "She was here watching the game. Anytime I get to see my family that makes me very happy."
With the Marlins trying to keep his pitch count low, the rookie said he was not thinking shutout despite being at 87 pitches through seven innings.
"Nope. I was thinking one pitch at a time," he said. "I wasn't thinking about anything else. I was thinking about making pitches and keeping the ball low."
Fernandez was coming off his shortest outing of the season. He surrendered seven runs - four earned - in 3 1-3 innings at Tampa Bay on May 27.
"I was a little upset like I should be after that game, but the next day was another day," Fernandez said. "It was time to get work done and I'm pretty happy how I came back."
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he was confident Fernandez would pitch well Saturday.
"He's been able to bounce back after a tough start and be great and he was again today," Redmond said.
It was Fernandez's third start against the Mets, his first with a decision.
"I'm going to tell you something, if he throws like he did today, I don't care if you see him 30 times, he's going to get you out," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Chris Coghlan had three hits, including two run-scoring singles. Derek Dietrich had a two-run single in a four-run seventh that made it 8-0.
Collin McHugh (0-1) gave up four runs and six hits in four-plus innings. He walked three and struck out one in his first start of the season.
Omar Quintanilla had two of the Mets' hits. Pinch hitter Justin Turner delivered a run-scoring double off Dan Jennings in the eighth.
Coghlan's two-out single in the first scored Placido Polanco from second to give Miami a 1-0 lead. Polanco crossed the plate before Dietrich was thrown out at third by center fielder Rick Ankiel .
"If Polanco lets up there, we don't get that run. That set the tone," Redmond said.
Miami went ahead 2-0 in the second when Fernandez singled to score Jeff Mathis from first base. Mathis walked with two outs, and scored when Fernandez lined a single into deep left-center.
The Marlins scored twice in the fourth to go ahead 4-0. Coghlan and Greg Dobbs opened with singles. Adeiny Hechavarria delivered a sacrifice fly and Mathis tripled in Dobbs.
Miami had lost nine in a row and 16 of 18 before winning Friday night.
NOTES: It was Fernandez's third start against the Mets and his first with a decision. ... Marcell Ozuna 's 16-game hitting streak ended. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. ... New York RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85) opposes RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59) in Sunday's series finale. ... Mets pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd singled in the eighth for his 1,100 career hit.