MIAMI -- Matching up against NL All-Star Starter Matt Harvey, three Miami Marlins pitchers combined to blank the New York Mets, 3-0, Thursday afternoon at Marlins Park.
Starter Tom Koehler (six innings) and relievers A.J. Ramos (two innings) and Steve Cishek (one inning, 23rd save) combined to hold the Mets to five hits. Koehler (3-6) was aided by two double plays.
Harvey (8-3) is 0-1 with three no-decisions in four meetings against the Marlins this season.
Of his 22 starts, the only times he has failed to last at least six innings were the three games at Marlins Park, which is odd considering Miami is last in the majors in runs scored and last in the NL in winning percentage.
On Thursday, Harvey had allowed just one hit -- a single by Koehler -- and no walks through five innings, but coughed up three runs in the sixth.
Three straight singles -- by pinch-hitter Juan Pierre, Christian Yelich and Logan Morrison -- produced the first run. Donovan Solano capped the inning with a two-run single after a nine-pitch at-bat.
Harvey struck out eight and walked none in 5 2/3 innings, while allowing three runs on five hits.
Lost in Harvey's shadow was Koehler. Though inefficient -- he surrendered five hits and five walks, and needed 113 pitches to get through six innings -- Koehler worked out of jams, especially against Ike Davis.
The Mets' first baseman stranded two runners in the first inning and three more in the third. Juan Lagares hit a one-out triple in the fourth, but was stranded when Omar Quintanilla lined out and Harvey flew out.
With two runners on in the fifth, Marlins' center fielder Jake Marisnick made a diving catch on a Marlon Byrd line drive and then doubled David Wright off first base.
NOTES. The Mets and Marlins split their four-game series. For the season, the Marlins lead, 10-5. ... Wright, who tweaked a hamstring while stealing second base Wednesday night, started Thursday. The Mets rested 2B Daniel Murphy, starting Justin Turner in his place. Murphy appeared as a pinch hitter, striking out in the ninth. ... Marlins' pitchers posted the lowest July ERA in club history (3.24). The Marlins also allowed only 11 homers, the second lowest of any month in club history, trailing only the eight given up in September of 1996. ... Mets' top catching prospect Travis d'Arnauld was moved to Double-A Wednesday as he continues to rehab a broken left foot. ... Thursday's attendance was 25,916. ... Up next, the Mets return to Citi Field for a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. ... The Marlins host to the Cleveland Indians for three games. Marlins' All-Star Jose Fernandez, who turned 21 on Wednesday, starts Friday.