New York (68-71) at Miami (63-77)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Sep 6, 2011
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An offensive surge has the Florida Marlins on their longest winning streak in a month.

They tend to have little trouble with the bats when hosting the New York Mets.

The Marlins look to make it four straight wins overall and at home against the Mets on Tuesday night.

Florida (63-77) is trying to avoid finishing last in the NL East for the first time since 2007, sitting 2 1/2 games behind fourth-place Washington.

Behind an offense that has scored 22 runs, the Marlins have won three in a row for the first time since July 31-Aug. 2. That stretch included a pair of wins at New York (68-71).

Florida has won 12 of 16 at home against the Mets, batting .310 with 22 homers, eight in the last four games.

This six-game homestand continued with Monday’s 9-3 victory over New York, as the Marlins collected five doubles and a homer among their 15 hits after winning two straight against major league-best Philadelphia.

The Marlins have a .325 average with six homers during the three-game streak after hitting .242 while losing 22 of the previous 27.

“Maybe it’s a sign that September is here, the fall season, the guys are in a good hitting mood,” manager Jack McKeon said. “I guess the cool weather has helped these guys.

“Most of the season, our pitchers don’t have any margin for error.”

Chris Volstad(notes) (5-12, 5.48 ERA) certainly wouldn’t mind seeing his offense continue to produce as he tries to avoid losing five straight starts for the first time.

He’s compiled a 5.01 ERA during his past four outings, matching his longest slide of the season set May 30-June 14.

Though he turned in a second straight quality start, Volstad came out on the short end of a 3-2 decision at Citi Field on Wednesday. He allowed three runs - two earned - in 6 1-3 innings.

“Quality start,” McKeon said. “Big deal. I want quality wins. I don’t want quality starts, I want quality wins.”

Volstad is 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA in five starts against the Mets since beating them as a rookie in September 2008.

The Marlins are expected to recall Matt Dominguez(notes) from Triple-A New Orleans and the third baseman - one of the club’s top prospects - could make his major league debut in this game. He hit .258 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs with New Orleans this year.

Monday’s loss was just the third in 11 games for New York, which will send 40-year-old Miguel Batista(notes) (1-0, 3.00) to the mound.

The right-hander beat the Marlins in his Mets debut Thursday, yielding two runs in six innings to earn his 100th victory since making his debut with Pittsburgh in 1992.

“I’m very proud of my career,” said Batista, who appeared in nine games for Florida in 1996.

Batista will start at Sun Life Stadium for the final time in his career and the first since a loss with Arizona on July 28, 2003. The Marlins are scheduled to move into a new home next season.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Batista Col vs. C. Volstad Atl
5-2 Record 5-13
3.60 ERA 4.89
31 K 117
33 BB 49
1.37 WHIP 1.42


Tuesday, Sep 6