Series: Game 3 of 2

Florida won 2-0

Game 1: Monday, August 1
in 10
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 2
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 3
NY Mets



7:10 PM ET, August 3, 2011

Citi Field, New York, New York 

Starting Pitchers

Florida: Hensley (6-7, 5.19 ERA)

New York: Gee (13-6, 4.43 ERA)

Marlins-Mets Preview


Back at .500 for the first time since June, the Florida Marlins are looking to keep climbing up the NL East standings. The New York Mets would like to end their freefall.

With Hanley Ramirez questionable after spraining his left shoulder, the Marlins go for their fifth straight win against the Mets and seventh in a row at Citi Field in Wednesday night's series finale.

A season-worst 11 games below .500 on June 28, Florida (55-55) has won 21 of 31 since to return to the break-even point for the first time since it was 32-32 on June 12.

"That's where we wanted to be. Now we can start a new season," manager Jack McKeon said.

After Mike Stanton's 10th-inning grand slam gave the Marlins a 7-3 victory in Monday's series opener, Omar Infante went deep twice and Florida scored two ninth-inning runs Tuesday following a Justin Turner throwing error to win 4-3.

Florida has won eight of 10 overall, but could be without Ramirez for more than just the series finale after he was injured in the sixth inning Tuesday while diving for a blooper in short left field.

"It is going to be sore," Ramirez said. "Hopefully it is nothing bad and I can come back quick."

The Marlins -- now tied with the Mets (55-55) for third in the division -- close their nine-game trip with Clay Hensley (1-3, 3.09 ERA) making his third start against New York in 17 days.

The veteran right-hander last took the Citi Field mound on July 18 in what was his first appearance in more than a month following a stint on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. It was also Hensley's first start in three seasons.

After throwing five innings of shutout ball in a 4-1 victory in that contest, the converted reliever lasted five again in Florida's 8-5 home win over the Mets on July 23, giving up two runs.

Hensley is looking to rebound from a 5-0 loss at Atlanta on Friday. He retired 16 straight at one point before allowing three runs in the seventh inning.

"Overall, I'm pretty happy with the outing," he told the Marlins' website. "I hate losing. But it's another one to build on."

New York, which has lost eight of 12 at Citi Field, will try to avoid getting swept as Dillon Gee (10-3, 3.69) looks to take the outright team lead in victories. The right-hander went 6 2/3 strong innings in an 8-5 victory at Washington on Friday to become the seventh Mets rookie starter with at least 10 wins -- and first since Dwight Gooden and Ron Darling in 1984.

"Obviously it's an honor to have my name with those guys, but I don't necessarily think I'm in that category," Gee told the Mets' official website. "I've been fortunate."

New York has averaged 4.8 runs in his 17 starts -- including a 5-4 loss in Miami on July 24 when he allowed three runs in five innings -- but manager Terry Collins' club has scored just eight times while losing four straight since Gee's last outing.

The Mets' last five-game skid was a season-worst 0-7 stretch April 10-16.

David Wright is batting .392 (20 for 51) with two homers and 13 RBIs in 12 games since coming off the disabled list, but he is 0 for 7 in this series. He is 4 for 17 against Hensley.

Jose Reyes, who has three hits in 13 at-bats versus the right-hander, is batting .341 (14 for 41) during an eight-game hitting streak against Florida after hitting a solo homer Tuesday.

The Marlins have still won 11 of 14 against New York.

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Gameday Matchup

 FloridaNew York
Current StreakL1W1
Last 103-75-5

Pitching Matchup

FloridaNew York
C. Hensley
6-7, 5.19 ERA

Last Game:
9/25 at MIL
1.0 IP, 0 ER
Dec = ND
D. Gee
13-6, 4.43 ERA

Last Game:
9/24 vs PHI
6.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Win

Gameday Lineups

NO.FloridaNew York
1. E. Bonifacio, SS J. Reyes, SS
2. O. Infante, 2B J. Turner, 2B
3. G. Dobbs, 3B D. Murphy, 1B
4. G. Sanchez, 1B D. Wright, 3B
5. L. Morrison, LF A. Pagan, CF
6. G. Stanton, RF J. Bay, LF
7. M. Cameron, CF L. Duda, RF
8. J. Buck, C R. Paulino, C
9. C. Hensley, P D. Gee, P