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Marlins send Josh Johnson to the hill in Flushing

May 16, 2011 - 2:55 PM (Sports Network) - Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson has pitched well in each of his last four starts but has no wins to show for it. The right-hander will try to notch a victory against the New York Mets when he takes the mound tonight at Citi Field.

Johnson is 0-1 with a 2.22 earned run average during his winless streak which continued in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. He did not figure into the decision and held the Phillies to only a run in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Johnson is 3-1 with a 1.63 ERA in eight starts this season and has lasted at least seven innings on the hill in his previous six outings.

The Marlins hope Johnson can stay strong against a Mets club he has dominated throughout his career as evidenced by his 8-1 mark in 13 starts to go along with a 2.73 ERA. Johnson beat the Mets on April 1 in south Florida, hurling 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball in a 6-2 triumph.

Florida was aiming for a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals over the weekend but dropped an 8-4 decision on Sunday. Javier Vazquez was rocked for six runs in the first inning before settling down to go four frames in the loss.

"Today he couldn't get out of that first inning and I can't explain it," said Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez about Vazquez. "After that he did a good job, but that first inning was a killer for us."

Mike Stanton delivered a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Chris Coghlan, Greg Dobbs and Brett Hayes each knocked in a run in defeat - Florida's sixth in its last 10 contests.

New York has been playing well lately with seven victories over its past 10 games. It took two of three games from the Houston Astros over the weekend and recorded a 7-4 triumph in Sunday's series finale.

Justin Turner hit a three-run homer and finished with five runs batted in for the Mets, who got five innings of two-run ball out of winning pitcher Chris Capuano. Francisco Rodriguez later recorded his 12th save in the ninth.

"He loves to play. Here's his chance. He has his opportunity and he's making the most of it," Mets manager Terry Collins said about Turner.

Mike Pelfrey gets the call for Collins' club tonight and has won two straight and three of his last four starts. Pelfrey last toed the rubber in Tuesday's 4-3 win at Colorado, as he held the Rockies to three runs in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 3-3 in eight starts this season.

The righty is 2-0 in three home starts and will try to gain a measure of revenge against the Marlins, who beat him back on April 1. Pelfrey allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings that day, falling to 1-7 in 13 career starts with a 5.63 ERA against Florida.

New York won two of three matchups with Florida from April 1-3 to kick off the 2011 season, but the Marlins are 7-4 in the previous 11 meetings between the clubs.