Shaun Marcum surprised everyone in his last start when he struck out 12 batters with no walks in a win that got the Mets winning streak started. The question was, could he follow it up with another solid start? The answer is yes… well, until the seventh inning, that is, when he allowed four runs as the Marlins snapped the Mets five-game winning streak, as well as their own nine-game skid.
Marcum found trouble in the fifth. Two singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. But Marcum was able to induce a double play to end the inning.
It should be noted that that walk was the first one allowed by a Mets pitcher in four games. To expand that even further, the Mets allowed just one walk over their winning streak, against the Yankees on Monday.
The game was still scoreless when Derek Dietrich led off the seventh inning with a double. Marcell Ozuna hit a bloop single into no-man’s land in shallow right, advancing Dietrich to third. Marcum struck out Chris Coghlan for the first out. Thirty-one year old rookie Ed Lucas came through with his first major league hit, another bloop to shallow right. Dietrich scored to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Ozuna went to third on the play. Greg Dobbs walked to load the bases. Jeff Mathis hit a sacrifice fly to extend the Marlins lead to 2-0. With two outs pinch hitter Jordan Brown hit a shot into the gap in left center to score two more runs to make it a 4-0 game.
That was all for Marcum, who allowed four runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and two walks in 6.2 innings. Maybe Terry Collins should have pulled him after six innings to preserve a good start, a la Dillon Gee Thursday!
The Mets could not reach Jacob Turner, making his 2013 major league debut. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
With Turner gone, the Mets finally got on the board against the Marlins bullpen. Omar Quintanilla singled with two outs in the eighth and Daniel Murphy drove him home with a double to make it a 4-1 game. It was Murphy’s 18th double of the season, which is tied for the NL lead.
Greg Burke allowed an unearned run in the ninth, thanks to a Quintanilla throwing error, as the Marlins padded their lead to 5-1.
Mets lose to the lowly Marlins 5-1. But remember when they swept the Yankees?