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Saturday, June 21 (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (33-41) at Miami Marlins (37-36), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) Miami - Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The sun rises in the east, three-of-a-kind beats two pairs and the Miami Marlins rarely lose to the New York Mets at home.

The third of those three realities will be put to the test again on Saturday afternoon at Marlins Park, when the Marlins entertain the visiting Mets in the third of a four-game series.

Miami has won 13 of the last 18 games with the Mets at home while its pitchers have compiled a 2.37 earned run average overall and a 1.14 mark while winning six of the last seven games. In the first two games of this series, the Marlins have allowed three runs.

Saturday starter Tom Koehler has tossed 18 straight scoreless home innings against the Mets, the longest such streak by any Miami pitcher since the teams began playing in 1993. In his last five games against New York, in fact, his ERA is 1.59.

Most recently, he allowed two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 win on May 7.

In his last five outings against all opponents, however, Koehler has slumped to a 1-2 record with a bloated 6.99 ERA, including a Monday outing in which he allowed four runs against the Chicago Cubs and a start six days prior in which he gave up four.

New York has lost nine of its last 11 on the road and hasn't managed more than four runs in any of those games.

Taking the mound while again seeking his first big-league win is right-hander Jacob deGrom, who's posted a 6.75 ERA in his last four starts after working to a more respectable 1.83 number in his initial three appearances.

He was slammed for six runs on 12 hits in his last start, a 6-2 loss to St. Louis on Monday.

"I just look at how many balls were really hit hard," he said. "Three or four were hit hard, the rest just kind of found holes and went through."

On Friday, Marcell Ozuna's second outfield assist in as many innings was the final out of the game, securing a 3-2 win for the Marlins over the Mets.

The Marlins led, 3-0, through seven innings but might have allowed the Mets to tie the game or jump in front had it not been for the strong right arm of Ozuna out in left field. David Wright laced an RBI single to center to put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning against Kevin Gregg. Then, with the bases loaded and Mike Dunn on the mound, Eric Campbell smoked a single to left. Curtis Granderson scored easily, but Ozuna was able to fire home in time to get Wright to keep the Marlins in front.

Steve Cishek served up a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the ninth inning. A sacrifice bunt moved him to third, and Chris Young launched a fly ball to left. Ozuna backtracked and made the catch before unleashing a dart to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in time to tag Nieuwenhuis and end the game.

06/21 10:33:43 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
4th
MIA 85
DET 73
 
4th
BOS 82
LAC 106
 
2nd
IND 49
DAL 57
 
Half
SAN 51
MEM 42
 
9:00pm Tonight
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
 
1st Intermission
NJD 0
ANA 1
 
1st
WIN 0
CHI 0
 
1st
PIT 2
SJS 0