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Thursday, August 1st (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (48-57) at Miami Marlins (41-65), 12:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) Miami - Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67)

(Sports Network) - New York phenom Matt Harvey makes his third start of the season against the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon, when the Mets visit Marlins Park with the chance to win the four-game series in its finale.

The Mets won the first two games on Monday and Tuesday, but the hosts earned a victory on Wednesday when Henderson Alvarez threw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Jake Marisnick hit the first home run of his career in a 3-2 victory.

Alvarez (2-1) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in his outing. The 23-year-old right-hander has allowed just two runs on 14 hits over his last three starts. He also contributed with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Placido Polanco and Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run apiece for the Marlins.

Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Mets, who saw starter Jenrry Mejia (1-1) surrender all three runs on six hits and one walk in six frames.

Harvey, who turned 24 in May, got no-decisions in both previous 2013 outings against Miami.

He was touched for 10 hits and four runs at Marlins Park on June 2 - in a game the Mets lost, 11-6 - then pitched seven innings of one-run ball in another New York loss, 2-1, on June 8 at Citi Field.

Harvey has made eight starts since that pair of games and has won three of five decisions, including a 5-0 defeat of Philadelphia on July 21 in which he went seven innings, surrendered three hits and struck out 10 batters.

Harvey got yet another no-decision from his most recent start on July 26 at Washington, going eight innings and allowing one run in a game the Mets lost, 2-1.

For the Marlins, Bronx-born righty Tom Koehler faces the Mets for the sixth time in his 27th big-league appearance.

The 27-year-old got no verdict from his last meeting with New York on June 9 at Citi Field, after allowing four runs in seven innings of a game the Marlins won, 8-4.

He's 2-2 in six starts since, dropping a 7-4 decision to Pittsburgh on July 27 after allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work.

Koehler is 0-4 in seven appearances at Marlins Park this season, with a 5.97 earned run average and 32 hits allowed in 31 2/3 innings.

The Mets entered the week with an eight-game lead in the overall series between the teams, 169-161. The Marlins won eight of the first 11 games in 2013, however, including five in a row from May 31 to June 9.

08/01 10:19:41 ET

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 1
BOS 2
Final
DUKE 66
GONZ 52
Final
PHI 4
DET 4
Final
WAS 11
MIA 7
Final
BAL 5
MIN 6
Final
STL 2
NYM 3
Final
HOU 0
NYY 7
Final
ATL 2
PIT 4
Final
BOS 3
TAM 2
Final
TOR 2
BAL 4
Final
ANA 6
CIN 8
Final
KAN 0
CHC 7
Final
CLE 1
CWS 4
Final
SFG 11
LOS 9
Final
OAK 7
MIL 0
Final
SDP 8
SEA 5
Final
LOS 10
TEX 5
Final
COL 2
ARI 1
Final
ARI 10
COL 11
Final
WAS 91
HOU 99
Final
BRK 107
LAL 99
Final
NOP 110
MIN 88
Final
CLE 87
PHI 86
Final
MIA 109
DET 102
Final
BOS 106
LAC 119
4th
IND 80
DAL 79
 
4th
SAN 95
MEM 85
 
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PHO
OKC
Final
LOU 70
MSU 76
Final
DUKE 66
GONZ 52
Final
NYR 2
WAS 5
Final
CAR 1
BOS 2
Final
NAS 2
CAL 5
Final
NYI 5
DET 4
Final
OTT 2
FLA 4
3rd
NJD 0
ANA 2
 
2nd
WIN 2
CHI 1
 
2nd
PIT 2
SJS 2