The New York Mets had their longest winning streak in a month come to an end in their most recent contest.
If Chris Capuano(notes) can repeat his last performance, they shouldn’t have a problem getting back on track Wednesday night when their five-game series against the visiting Florida Marlins continues.
Capuano (10-11, 4.43 ERA) is coming off the best of his 150 major league starts, which earned him his first victory in nearly a month. The veteran left-hander allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 13 against Atlanta on Friday, earning his first shutout since blanking the Chicago Cubs on July 6, 2006.
He had gone 0-1 with a 5.70 ERA in his first four August starts.
Capuano hopes to build off his brilliant outing when he faces Florida for the fifth time this season. In three starts and one relief appearance against the Marlins, he’s 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA, although the Mets have provided him with just six runs of support in 20 1-3 innings during those outings.
He’ll look to help the Mets (64-69) rebound from a 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday, which ended their four-game winning streak. David Wright(notes) went 2 for 3, but New York mustered only three singles through seven innings against Florida starter Javier Vazquez(notes).
“We looked up in the seventh inning and we have three hits,” manager Terry Collins said. “That was the difference.”
Florida’s Omar Infante(notes), who extended his hitting streak to eight games Tuesday, homered twice off Capuano on Aug. 2. Infante, 5 for 10 against Capuano this year, has three homers overall this season and 48 in his 10-year career.
Manager Jack McKeon shuffled the lineup Tuesday in hopes of sparking a Marlins offense that scored only twice in being swept in Monday’s doubleheader. Infante dropped from second to fifth, Greg Dobbs(notes) hit second, Mike Stanton(notes) moved up to the third spot and Logan Morrison(notes) hit fourth.
Morrison had a two-run single, and Stanton went 3 for 4 with his 31st homer, tying him for the NL lead and earning him Collins’ praise.
“I think he has the most raw power I have ever seen,” the Mets manager said. “I’ve never seen a guy generate that kind of power before.”
Despite Tuesday’s victory, Florida (60-74) has lost 19 of its last 24 and hasn’t won back-to-back games since winning three straight July 31-Aug. 2.
The Marlins will turn to Chris Volstad(notes) (5-11, 5.61) in hopes of accomplishing that feat, but Volstad has struggled since returning from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 12. He’s lost all three of his starts while compiling a 5.82 ERA, remaining winless in five starts since beating Houston on July 10.
He was demoted after struggling July 22 against the Mets, allowing four runs - three earned - and eight hits in five innings, although he didn’t factor into the decision in Florida’s 7-6 defeat.
The right-hander hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his six career starts versus New York, but he’s 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in the last four.
Wright is 5 for 14 with three doubles against Volstad.