For some odd reason, the Mets just don't have it their way against the Miami Marlins. The Marlins are 5-3 against the Mets and 11-38 against the rest of the league. The Marlins have only two series wins through 57 games and of course both are against the Mets.
Today, the undoubtedly Mets' ace, Matt Harvey makes his start to stop the bleeding against the hapless Marlins. No problem, right? Not exactly. The Marlins started out with an uncharacteristic start with a Juan Pierre bunt single, a singled to right by Ed Lucas and Marcell Ozuna opened up the wound with a tripled to deep center that Rick Ankiel badly outplayed. Chris Coghlan doubled to shallow left that left a three-run mark in the 1st inning.
Matt Harvey just didn't have his A-game today. Harvey finished for 5 innings, 10 hits allowed, 4 earned runs, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.
The Mets offense, however, gave Harvey some run support against Kevin Slowey.
Lucas Duda, Omar Quintanilla, and Ike Davis all homered against Slowey. Ike Davis' home run tied the game up 4-4 in the top of the 4th inning.
In the top of the 5th inning, Wade LeBlanc replaced Kevin Slowey and the Mets took advantage with a Marlon Byrd singled that scored Omar Quintanilla and a single from Ike Davis that scored Duda to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. All six runs were against starter Kevin Slowey.
Matt Harvey pitched a scoreless 5th inning and left the game in line for the win.
With the Harvey departure, disaster was on it's way. Terry Collins once again went with his top option in lefty Scott Rice. Rice clearly couldn't find the strike zone. Rice walked three batters in a row and with Lyon ready to go out to pitch from the bullpen. Collins decided to go against the grain and keep Rice against right-handed hitter Marcell Ozuna and that idea backfired with a double to deep left center that tied the game at 6-6.
The Marlins never looked back as they scored five more runs against the Mets bullpen to give them the 11-6 win.