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PORT ST. LUCIE (AP) — Carlos Zambrano struggled with his control in his first start for Miami, allowing three runs while getting just four outs, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Thursday.
Zambrano, who was traded to the Marlins for fellow starter Chris Volstad in the offseason, walked three and allowed three hits in 1 1-3 innings. All four outs he recorded were strikeouts.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs and six hits in 2 2-3 innings. Pelfrey gave up hits to the first three hitters he faced, including an RBI single by Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez.
Austin Kearns hit a solo home run to lead off the third inning for the Marlins, while Adam Loewen hit a home run for the Mets.
Former Mets All-Star Jose Reyes was not with Marlins squad that faced New York for second straight day.