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Monday, September 1 (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (64-73) at Miami Marlins (66-69), 1:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44) Miami - Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Miami Marlins have faint playoff hopes and will begin a three-game series with the New York Mets Monday at Marlins Park.

The Marlins just went 3-6 on a recent road trip and lost two of three games in Atlanta this weekend. They dropped Sunday's rubber match by a 1-0 score and were stymied by Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood, who threw eight scoreless innings, scattered five hits and struck out 12 batters.

Nathan Eovaldi pitched well in defeat and served up Evan Gattis' leadoff home run in the second inning. Eovaldi fanned six batters across 6 2/3 innings and allowed nine hits.

"I felt like I misplaced some fastballs," said Eovaldi. "I missed that one with Gattis right down the middle. That was the difference in the game."

Donovan Solano had two of Miami's six hits.

The Marlins, who are 6 1/2 games off a wild card spot and 37-31 as the host, will hand Henderson Alvarez the ball Monday and are counting on him to get back on track after having a personal four-game winning streak come to an end with last Wednesday's 6-1 loss at the LA Angels.

Alvarez gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings at the Big A and dropped to 10-6 on the season with a 2.75 ERA.

The right-hander will face the Mets for a fifth time this season and is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA over the first four starts. Alvarez has made seven career starts in this series, going 4-2 with a 3.15 ERA.

New York will play the next six games on the road and took its series with the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend.

The Mets won Sunday's rubber match by a 6-5 score, as Anthony Recker delivered a big blow in the sixth inning with a three-run homer and Wilmer Flores produced three hits and a run scored. Matt den Dekker, David Wright and Dilson Herrera all drove in runs for the Mets, who have won four of seven games.

Dillon Gee picked up the win and allowed three runs in six innings.

"I felt pretty good today," said Gee. "I was throwing the curveball today so that was a plus. Like I said, I felt pretty good out there."

New York is 31-38 on the road this season.

Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was 6-1 with a 2.17 earned run average from June 30-Aug. 27, then lost his most recent start in last Wednesday's 3-2 setback to Atlanta. Wheeler gets the nod Monday and looks to rebound from that loss to the Braves, who posted three runs -- two earned -- in seven innings against the young hurler in a 3-2 victory.

Wheeler struck out seven batters and walked three, and has issued at least that many walks in each of the past five trips to the mound. The right-hander is 9-9 with a 3.44 ERA and lost for the first time since June 25 versus Oakland. Wheeler is 2-0 in four starts against the Marlins this season and has faced them five times in his brief career, going 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA.

New York has won eight of 13 meetings with Miami this season, including the past five games between the NL East foes.

09/01 10:37:49 ET

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