Mets No Match for Marlins
By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) _ Henderson Alvarez pitched a six-hitter for his second shutout this season, and the Miami Marlins won again at home, beating the New York Mets 3-0 Tuesday night.
Miami improved to a major league-best 16-5 at Marlins Park, and is 7-1 on its current homestand with one game left. The Marlins clinched the series and have won seven of their eight home series _ they are 2-10 on the road.
Alvarez (2-2) struck out seven, walked none and threw 111 pitches. His only other victory this year was a complete-game 7-0 victory over Seattle on April 19.
Alvarez now has four career shutouts, including a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of last season. He closed this game by striking out Curtis Granderson on three pitches with a runner on third.
The Mets, who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, were shut out for the third time.
Casey McGehee had a pair of RBI singles and is now batting .441 with runners in scoring position. Hitting mostly cleanup, he has no homers but 23 RBIs.
Bartolo Colon (2-5) allowed three runs in seven innings. He also went 0 for 2, striking out both times, leaving Mets pitchers at 0 for 56 this season with 30 strikeouts.
Alvarez allowed a leadoff double in the fourth but retired the next three batters, including David Wright and Granderson on lineouts. Wright grounded out to end the sixth with runners at second and third.
The Marlins won with seven hits. NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton missed one by inches when he hit an RBI double that caromed off the wall near the 418-foot sign in center field in the first inning. He scored on a single by McGehee.
The Marlins put together three consecutive two-out singles in the fifth, the last by McGehee to make it 3-0.
NOTES: The Marlins released INF Greg Dobbs. … Marlins INF Rafael Furcal, who has endured repeated setbacks trying to recover from hamstring and groin injuries, returned to extended spring training in Jupiter, and there’s no timetable for his next rehabilitation assignment. … The retractable roof was open on a 79-degree night. … Marlins LF Christian Yelich visited a class of sixth-graders Tuesday and took questions. “My favorite one was, `Do your parents still love you now that you’re in the big leagues?”’ Yelich said. … Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) is scheduled to pitch against RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon.
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