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Marlins' Lucas makes his first hit a big one

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MIAMI -- Ed Lucas picked a great spot to get his first major-league hit.

The 31-year-old Lucas, who spent 10 years in the minor leagues, knocked in a run with a single in the seventh to snap a scoreless tie and lead the Miami Marlins to a 5-1 victory over the New York Mets Friday night at Marlins Park.

The win, which also featured seven shutout innings from Jacob Turner in his 2013 major-league debut, ended the Marlins' season-worst nine-game losing streak.

"This feels great," said Lucas, a shortstop who finished the night 1-for-3 with one run scored and the one RBI. "I was really, really excited about that first hit. It means a lot to me and my family.

"I'm glad I got the opportunity. Hopefully, there will be more hits to come."

Meanwhile, the Mets' five-game win streak, their best since May of last season, also was broken. The Mets in no way resembled the team that was coming off an impressive four-game sweep of the Yankees.

"We won five in a row, OK, we lost one - let's go win another five in a row," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You're not going to win 18 straight."

The Marlins ended a scoreless tie by scoring four times in the seventh. Rookie Derek Dietrich led off the inning with a double. Rookie Marcell Ozuna pushed him to third with a bloop single. After a strikeout by Chris Coghlan, Lucas delivered his big hit.

Jeff Mathis hit a sacrifice fly to center, and pinch-hitter Jordan Brown followed with a two-run double to left-center to cap the rally.

Mets starter Shaun Marcum (0-6) threw six shutout innings before falling apart in the seventh. All four runs were charged to Marcum, whose six-game skid is the longest of his eight-year big-league career.

"It's frustrating," Marcum said. "It's more frustrating making quality pitches and having bloopers fall in. If I'm going to lose, I'd rather they hit them over the fence then have a well located pitch fall in."

. Turner, who was 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts for the Marlins last year, has been on a wild ride since then.

He was brutal in the spring, when he gave up 11 runs in three starts and lost a chance to make the team. He then started poorly in Triple-A New Orleans before turning it around in his last seven starts.

On Friday, he allowed four singles, one double and one walk. Turner (1-0) struck out three.

"Turner was great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He looked dominant."

The Mets got their only run in the eighth on a two-out RBI double by Daniel Murphy, which scored Omar Quintanilla, who had singled. The run was charged to reliever Mike Dunn.

The Mets might have had something going in the fifth, when Marlon Byrd drew a one-out walk. But Byrd was thrown out trying to steal second. The next batter, Ike Davis, doubled to left-center on a drive that likely would have scored Byrd had he opted to stay at first base.

The Marlins blew a bigger chance in the bottom of the fifth, when Ozuna led off with a single, extending his hit streak to 16 games. It's the longest active streak in the majors.

Coghlan followed with a single, and after a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, the Marlins had the bases loaded with one out. However, backup catcher Mathis bounced into an inning-ending double play.

NOTES: Ozuna's hit streak is the second longest in Marlins' history, trailing only Edgar Renteria's record of 22 set in 1996. ... Attendance Friday was 16,493. ... Mets shortstop Quintanilla hit leadoff Friday for the first time since 2008. ... Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese will miss Saturday's start due to shoulder tendinitis. Colin McHugh will start in his place. ... Jack McKeon, who managed the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003, will undergo heart bypass surgery on Monday. McKeon, 82, currently serves as a special assistant in the Marlins' front office. ... Marlins outfield prospect Jake Marisnick tied a Double-A Southern League record Thursday with nine RBIs in one game. He went 3-for-5 with a double and two grand slams. He had never hit a grand slam previously but came through with the ultimate hit in the seventh inning and again in the eighth. ... Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has been on the disabled list since April 30 due to a hamstring injury, is now complaining of sore knees. Stanton said the hamstring injury is no longer an issue. ... The Mets are the only team to lose a series to the Marlins this year, dropping two of three in Miami in April. ... Four Mets pitchers who are on the disabled list have experienced setbacks that have delayed their returns to the big leagues. The four are Frank Francisco, Jenry Mejia, Jeurys Famila and Scott Atchison.
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