Sunday, April 27, 2014

Marlins blanked by Mets in series finale

NEW YORK -- Streaks seemed to come to an end for the Marlins this weekend against the Mets.

On Sunday afternoon it was Tom Koehler's turn to run into a rough patch.

Chris Young belted a two-run homer, and Koehler allowed four runs in five innings as the Mets blanked Miami, 4-0, at Citi Field.

Mets starter Dillon Gee struck out six and scattered three hits over eight shutout innings.

Koehler arguably has been Miami's second best starter, behind Jose Fernandez. A New York native who attended SUNY Stony Brook, Koehler had gone at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in his first four starts.

With four such outings, Koehler matched Kevin Brown (1997) for the most consecutive starts by a Marlin to open a season.

In taking two of three in the series, New York put an end to Christian Yelich's hitting streak at 17 games, and Steve Cishek's stretch of consecutive saves at 33 games.

Koehler entered the game having thrown 18 straight scoreless innings against the Mets, and he bumped it up to 19 after retiring the side in order in the first inning.

But in the second inning, Koehler had trouble finding the plate, and it led to New York grabbing the early lead.

Daniel Murphy walked to open the inning, and Young was hit with a pitch. Lucas Duda's opposite-field ground-rule double put New York on the board.

At that point, Koehler had thrown 29 pitches, just 13 of them for strikes.

Despite laboring to throw strikes, Koehler worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second.

Gee, meanwhile, held Miami without a hit until Marcell Ozuna opened the fourth inning with a single.

Command issues caught up to Koehler in the fifth inning, when New York put up three runs, two on Young's homer.

A leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson to open the inning set the tone before David Wright ripped an RBI double off the wall in left field. Wright now has 106 RBIs against Miami. The only team he has more against is the Phillies (107).

The crushing blow, however, was delivered by Young, who capped an 11-pitch at-bat with his drive to left.

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