Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, White Sox 0

June, 26, 2013
6/26/13
10:37
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CHICAGO -- Shaun Marcum is a winner.

After nine consecutive losing decisions to open his Mets career, Marcum tossed eight scoreless innings and surrendered only four hits as the Mets split a two-game series with the Chicago White Sox in a a 3-0 win on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Marcum’s 0-9 start had been the third worst in franchise history to begin a season. Anthony Young began the 1993 season at 0-13 and Bob Miller began the inaugural 1962 season at 0-12.

The eight innings matched Marcum’s season high, which he also tossed in a hard-luck 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on June 8.

Marcum last tossed eight scoreless innings on May 12, 2008, with Toronto against Cleveland.

Bobby Parnell notched his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.

The Mets did not muster their first baserunner until Eric Young Jr.’s leadoff single in the fourth against White Sox left-hander John Danks.

Sloppy fielding by Chicago an inning later opened the door for a three-run frame.

After singles by Josh Satin and Andrew Brown put both in scoring position with one out, Juan Lagares sent a sharp grounder to shortstop, which Alexei Ramirez missed for an E-6. Satin and Brown both scored. Young followed with a run-scoring infield single as the Mets grabbed a 3-0 lead.

Forever Young: Young finished 3-for-4. He is hitting .414 (12-for-29) as he makes a cameo Thursday against his former employer, Colorado, which traded him to the Mets for Collin McHugh last week.

Not zimmo: John Buck went 0-for-4 with four K's.

What’s next: The Mets make up a postponed game from April on Thursday in considerably balmier Colorado. Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89 ERA), who flew to Denver this afternoon, opposes right-hander Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22 ERA) at 6:10 p.m. ET. The Mets then take a red-eye flight home for a weekend series with the Washington Nationals.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187