The Marlins are in position for their first sweep of the season, but they'll be up against Matt Harvey in Sunday's series finale in Miami.
Miami (15-41) is 5-3 against New York (22-31) and 10-38 against everyone else after winning 8-1 on Saturday. Marlins starter Jose Fernandez threw seven scoreless innings to match the effort the night before by Jacob Turner in a 5-1 victory.
The starter in the spotlight Sunday, however, will be Harvey (5-0, 1.85 ERA). He's one of three NL pitchers with at least 10 starts that is still undefeated, joining Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Cincinnati's Mat Latos - who also both pitch Sunday.
Harvey leads the majors in opponent batting average (.172) and WHIP (0.82) and owns five career starts in which he has struck out at least 10. He's the first Mets pitcher with that many such outings in his first 21 major league starts since Dwight Gooden recorded eight such starts in 1984.
This will be the hard-throwing right-hander's second look at a Miami team averaging a major league-low 2.9 runs. Harvey lasted a season-low 5 1-3 innings and allowed one run with seven strikeouts in a 4-3, 15-inning road loss April 29.
He's won one of his last seven starts, yielding one run over eight innings with 10 strikeouts and not receiving a decision in Tuesday's 2-1 home victory over the Yankees.
" Matt Harvey , what can you say? He's been in every game he's pitched and if we scored him some runs he'd be 9-0," manager Terry Collins said.
The Mets were riding high entering this series after sweeping four games from their Subway Series rivals while the lowly Marlins had dropped a season-high nine straight entering this weekend.
New York, though, has totaled 12 hits and two walks with 15 strikeouts in the first two games.
David Wright is 0 for 8, John Buck is 1 for 7 with four strikeouts and Daniel Murphy is 2 for 8. That trio has combined for one RBI in this series after combining for 15 in the first six meetings between these NL East rivals.
The Marlins are trying for their second three-game win streak and first since April 28-30 when two of the wins came over the Mets.
Miami will try to break a four-game skid in starts by Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59), who is 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in that span. He gave up four runs over 5 1-3 innings on Tuesday, failed to hold onto a two-run lead and did not get a decision in a 7-6 defeat to Tampa Bay.
"You're disappointed anytime your team gives you the lead and you can't hold on to it," Slowey said.
Slowey is 0-3 with a 3.67 ERA in six home outings, and 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two overall in his career against the Mets. Buck is 3 for 11 against the right-hander, and Wright is 2 for 6 with a homer.
|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) -- Although Marcell Ozuna had his 16-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday, the 22-year old rookie bounced back in a big way on Sunday.
Ozuna had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs to help the Miami Marlins complete a three-game sweep over the New York Mets with an 11-6 win on Sunday.
"I'm feeling great," Ozuna said. "Everything is going good. Whenever I cross the (white chalk) line, I am trying to help the team."
Greg Dobbs hit a three-run home run, and Ed Lucas and Chris Coghlan each had four hits and two RBIs for the Marlins, who tied a season-high with 16 hits and swept the Mets in Miami for the first time since May 28-30, 2004 outscoring the Mets 24-8 in the series.
"The last three games have been pretty fun to watch," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It's a different atmosphere (in the clubhouse) and definitely guys turned it up the last three days and hopefully we can keep it going."
It was the first sweep for Miami since taking three from Philadelphia from June 29-July 1, 2012.
"It's tough to sweep any series in the big leagues," Redmond said.
Ike Davis homered and drove in three runs, and Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla also hit homers for New York, which came to Miami on a five-game winning streak including a four-game sweep over the Yankees.
"Getting swept is not fun especially after sweeping the Yankees and feeling pretty good and then get our butt beat," Davis said.
Mets starter Matt Harvey had a 1.85 ERA coming into the game, but battled through five innings allowing season-highs in hits (10) and runs (four) in his shortest start of the season. He walked five and struck out two.
"That was certainly not the Matt Harvey that we know and accustomed to seeing," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He had to work very, very hard even to get five innings in."
"I'm not happy about the start at all," Harvey said. "There are very slight amount of positives that I take from today. I've got to be better and move on. ... I'm excited to face them again on Friday."
Still, Harvey left the game with a 6-4 lead and was relieved by Scott Rice (3-4), who issued three consecutive walks with one out in the sixth.
Ozuna took advantage of Rice's lack of control with a two-run double to left to tie the game at 6-all.
"I thought I made a good pitch, but he was able to go down and get it," Rice said. "I looked at the replay on it, the pitch was down, he just dug it out and you tip your cap I guess. He got me."
Coghlan's RBI groundout gave the Marlins a 7-6 lead after leading 3-0 and 4-1 earlier in the game.
"After we got the lead, I think when they got it right back, it was kind of deflating part of the game," Collins said.
Lucas, who made his Major League debut on Thursday after 10 years in the Minors, had an RBI double before Dobbs' hit a three-run homer in the eighth to cap the scoring for the Marlins.
"It's been an unbelievable ride thus far," Lucas said.
Kevin Slowey started for Miami and allowed six runs in 4 1-3 innings. Wade LeBlanc (1-5) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings in relief for the win. After the game the Marlins announced that LeBlanc will be designated for assignment on Monday.
Ozuna, who went 0 for 3 on Saturday ending the Majors' longest hitting streak, hit a two-run triple in his first at-bat. Coglan followed with a bloop double to score Ozuna for an early 3-0 lead.
Duda's 10th home run of the season cut the deficit to 3-1.
Lucas had an RBI single in the second to push the Marlins lead to 4-1.
Quintanilla's solo home run pulled the Mets within a run before Davis hit a two-run home run to center field to tie the game at 4-all in the fourth.
After LeBlanc relieved Slowey, Marlon Byrd and Davis delivered back-to-back RBI singles to give the Mets a 6-4 lead.
NOTES: Harvey's previous shortest start also came against the Marlins when he allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings at Miami on April 29. ... Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) is expected to re-join the starting rotation on Saturday if his bullpen session goes well on Tuesday. ... After the game the Marlins optioned OF Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans and 1B Casey Kotchman (hamstring) will be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday. "I'll be excited to put this uniform on and play," Kotchman said. In addition, LHP Edgar Olmos will be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to replace LeBlanc. ... Miami will send RHP Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22 ERA) to the mound against the Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27 ERA). ... The Mets are off on Monday and will begin a three-game series at Washington on Tuesday with RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74 ERA) on the hill against RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37 ERA).