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NYM@PIT: Hefner holds Bucs to two runs on three hits

Jeremy Hefner caught fire for six weeks, but in his last two starts, the Phillies and Braves have each completely doused that flame.

The 27-year-old Mets righty posted a 1.76 ERA and a 3-1 mark over six starts from early June to mid-July. But he's allowed 13 earned runs and 16 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his last two outings.

He'll try to get back on track against another division rival, the Marlins, on Monday at Marlins Park in the opener of a four-game series. Jacob Turner will go for Miami.

"Really, all my pitches I haven't located very well, even the fastball against the Phillies, and more so the breaking ball tonight," Hefner said after his loss to the Braves. "It's all stuff that can be fixed."

Since being called up in late May, Turner has been solid, bolstering a surprisingly strong Marlins rotation. He's allowed two runs or fewer in eight of his 10 outings. The 22-year-old and ninth-overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft is 3-3 with a 2.49 ERA and .237 batting average against.

"Obviously, I've been throwing the ball well, and that builds confidence," Turner said. "But at the same time, when you see all the other starters go out there and do well, too, it makes you want to go out there and do what they're doing. The way they've been throwing the ball, you want to go out there and do just as good, if not better."

In his first start of the season, Turner threw seven shutout innings against the Mets on May 31. He gave up just five hits and a walk with three strikeouts, throwing just 81 pitches.

Hefner also opened his season against the Marlins. He allowed just a run and five hits over six innings, but picked up the loss on April 5.

Marlins: Ames gets big league chance with Slowey out
Kevin Slowey landed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, so Sunday, Steven Ames got his first taste of the Major Leagues.

The 25-year-old Ames was traded to the Marlins earlier this month as part of a deal that sent Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers. Miami recalled him from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday.

Ames threw seven shutout innings over five relief appearances since joining New Orleans. He had eight saves and a 3.67 ERA with Triple-A Albuquerque before being acquired on July 6.

Mets: Wright gets needed break
Third baseman David Wright sat Sunday, his first day off in more than a month. Josh Satin made his first career start at third while Justin Turner recovers from minor shoulder and leg injuries, although Turner entered the game in the seventh to play second.

Manager Terry Collins has gone to a six-man rotation, which means the Mets will play with a four-man bench for now. Wright was available off the bench Sunday, but New York trailed by 10 runs after the fourth and lost, 14-1, so Wright wasn't used. Collins said the day off for his All-Star was "needed."

Worth noting
• The Mets are 3-8 against the Marlins this season, their lowest winning percentage against any team they've played more than four times. Miami has won five straight meetings.

• Giancarlo Stanton is 1-for-10 lifetime against Hefner, and Wright is 0-for-8 in his career off Turner.

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