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Harvey Gives Up 4 Runs, 10 Hits In Shortest Start Of Season

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Matt Harvey (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

Matt Harvey (Steve Mitchell/Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) — Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs and Greg Dobbs hit a three-run homer to help the Miami Marlins complete a three-game sweep over the New York Mets with an 11-6 win on Sunday.

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.

It was the first sweep for Miami since taking three from Philadelphia from June 29-July 1, 2012.

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.

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.

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. Coghlan’s RBI groundout gave the Marlins a 7-6 lead after leading 3-0 and 4-1 earlier in the game.

Lucas had an RBI double before Dobbs’ hit a three-run homer in the eighth to cap the scoring for the Marlins.

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.

Ozuna, who snapped a 16-game hitting streak on Saturday, 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. … Marlins 1B Casey Kotchman (hamstring) is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Monday and plans on making the road trip beginning in Philadelphia. “I’ll be excited to put this uniform on and play,” Kotchman said. … The Marlins 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).

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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