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CHC@MIA: Slowey fans six Cubs in six innings of work

Baseball is a sport infatuated with stats, but Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey's numbers do not tell the whole story.

The right-hander has not recorded a win since Sept. 18, 2010, but that does not mean he has been ineffective for the Marlins this season.

"If there is one guy who is very good at recognizing a hitter's tendencies, it's him," Marlins catcher Rob Brantly said. "He's one of the better ones that I've worked with. He's an experienced pitcher. His preparation for the game, you see how it transfers over during the game. He battles all the way through the game."

In his last three starts -- all no-decisions -- Slowey has a 2.60 ERA, giving up five earned runs in 17 1/3 innings. Slowey's next chance to earn a win will come Tuesday against the Mets.

The Mets will give the ball to right-hander Jeremy Hefner as they attempt to snap a five-game losing streak, including Monday's extra-innings loss.

Hefner has faced the Marlins once this season, allowing one run in six innings of work, but was stuck with the loss.

Hefner is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA this season, but he is coming off a strong outing against the Dodgers. In his last start, Hefner allowed one earned run in seven innings.

Marlins: Stanton hits DL with right hamstring strain
Giancarlo Stanton left Monday's game after he strained his right hamstring running to first base on a groundout in the 10th inning.

Stanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game, and Marcell Ozuna will be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to take over for the Marlins in right field. Ozuna belted five home runs in 10 games for the Suns.

Stanton had been off to a slow start at the plate this season, but homered three times in two games against the Cubs over the weekend. He was 0-for-5 before exiting Monday's game.

Earlier this season, Stanton missed five games with a bruised left shoulder.

Mets: Stiff neck keeps Wright out of lineup
Mets third baseman David Wright was not in Monday's lineup because of a stiff neck. Wright did strike out while pinch-hitting in the 13th and may return to the starting lineup as early as Tuesday.

"I'm very unconcerned about it," Wright said. "It's not something I'm worried about. It stinks that I can't play. That's the biggest thing for me. The biggest thing for me is I just want it to be a one-day thing and not try to fight through it, and all of a sudden, do something a little more serious."

Worth noting
• Marlins first baseman Joe Mahoney is going on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Greg Dobbs is getting the starts at first base.

• Slowey has made one career start against the Mets. He pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs.

• Hefner has pitched 20 1/3 career innings against the Marlins and has posted a 2.21 ERA. Comments