You Can’t Win if You Don’t Score
MIAMI (AP) _ Marcell Ozuna hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth inning, and the Miami Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets by winning 1-0 Wednesday.
Miami’s Tom Koehler pitched eight innings to match a career high, and for the second consecutive start he didn’t allow a run. The right-hander gave up two hits and one walk, lowering his ERA to 1.99.
Steve Cishek (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth to complete a two-hitter. The Mets hit .157 in the series, scored three runs and were shut out in the final 23 innings.
The Marlins went 8-1 on their homestand, a franchise record for a nine-game stay.
Their 17-5 record at home is the best in the majors, while their 2-10 road record is the worst. Miami begins an 11-game, 11-day trip Thursday in San Diego.
Giancarlo Staton singled _ only the third hit for Miami _ to start the ninth against Carlos Torres (2-1). Casey McGehee walked on a 3-2 pitch, and Stanton took third on a flyout by Garrett Jones.
Kyle Farnsworth replaced Torres, and Ozuna, who had struck out in his previous three at-bats, hit a fly to center fielder Juan Lagares. His throw home was slightly off line, and the ball skipped away from catcher Anthony Recker as a sliding Stanton tagged the plate with his left hand.
The Mets lost for the sixth time in their past seven games and went 2-6 on a three-city trip. The walkoff loss was their seventh at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.
New York wasted a fine effort by Zack Wheeler, who walked five in six innings but allowed only two hits and no runs. He also went 0 for 2 with a strikeout at the plate, leaving Mets pitchers at 0 for 58 this season with 31 strikeouts.
Koehler gave up a two-out double in the first to David Wright and then retired 18 in a row before Curtis Granderson walked with two outs in the seventh. Koehler was helped by fine defensive plays by Derek Dietrich at second and Jones at first.
The Mets had a runner at second with none out in the eighth, but Koehler kept the score at 0-0 by striking out pinch-hitters Bobby Abreu and Josh Satin.
NOTES: Mets LHP Scott Rice was unavailable in relief because of a sore back. . On an 85-degree afternoon, the retractable roof was closed after being open the previous two games. … Stanton’s bat broke when he grounded into a double play in the sixth. The barrel flew into the stands and slammed against an empty seat, and Stanton crossed first base still holding the handle. … The Mets play 16 of their next 19 games at home, starting Friday when Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23) is scheduled to start for them against Philadelphia’s Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50). … The Marlins begin an 11-game trip, their longest of the season, Thursday at San Diego with Jacob Turner (0-0, 9.90) scheduled to start against the Padres’ Ian Kennedy (2-4, 3.43).
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