Since allowing four runs and eight hits over six innings in a 7-0 loss to Arizona on May 31, Benson is 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in five outings.
The right-hander had problems with his command against the Yankees in his last start, walking five over five innings. He left the game with a 4-2 lead before the bullpen squandered the advantage in an eventual 5-4 defeat. Benson allowed two runs—one earned—and three hits.
Benson will try to pitch the Mets to their fourth straight series win after the Mets took Friday’s series opener 7-6.
David Wright and Mike Cameron each drove in a pair of runs, but it was Chris Woodward’s tiebreaking RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning that led the Mets to their seventh win in the last 10 games.
Florida hammered out 13 hits to New York’s nine, but left 11 men on base and made three errors—two by Mike Lowell in the Mets’ three-run fifth inning— that led to five unearned runs in a sloppy effort.
Right-hander Brian Moehler will try to get the Marlins—and himself—back on a winning track Saturday, as he is seeking his first win since May 16, a span of eight starts.
In a 7-2 defeat to Atlanta on Sunday, Moehler allowed seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last eight outings.