The New York Mets own the best record in baseball and have already swept a series from the Miami Marlins this season. It’s the Marlins, however, who are the hot team heading into this three-game series. Miami goes for a sixth straight win Monday night while the Mets attempt to rebound from a sloppy loss. New York (14-5) has won 12 of the past 15 meetings with the Marlins (8-11) after sweeping a four-game set at home from April 16-19.

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Giancarlo Stanton needed all of his considerable strength to maintain a stoic expression after he overcame his own baserunning blunder by crawling back to third base. When Stanton scored moments later and reached the dugout, he finally allowed himself a big grin. The Miami Marlins were a laughingstock for the first two weeks of the season, but they’re all smiles now. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a bases-loaded triple after a botched rundown saved Stanton and kept the inning alive, and Miami completed its first three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals since May 2012 by winning 6-2 Sunday.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:

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Ichiro Suzuki crossed the plate at a home-run trot Saturday to break a Japanese record for runs set by Sadaharu Oh. ”I don’t think it’s fair to compare,” Suzuki said through a translator. ”Mr. Oh had 868 runs by himself with homers, so his record is much greater than mine.” In addition, Suzuki said, Oh played entirely in Japan, where his seasons were shorter than in the majors. Suzuki scored on Adeiny Hechavarria’s home run to help the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 8-0.

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One of these days, Michael Wacha might be the guy who forces the other team’s starting pitcher to excel. For now, the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander is having a delightful time trying to outdo the opposing team’s ace. Wacha got the best of Max Scherzer, Matt Adams singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Thursday for their fourth straight series win. This time, he was better than Scherzer – the 2013 Cy Young winner who came in with a sparkling 0.83 ERA.

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Bouncing back from a dismal start in Miami earlier this season, Latos went 6 1-3 innings to help the revitalized Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-2. Martin Prado broke a tie with an eighth-inning single, and Latos and three relievers combined on a six-hitter. Latos didn’t get the decision, but the outing was a big improvement over his other start this year at Marlins Park, when he lasted just two-thirds of an inning and gave up seven runs. ”Coming back here after that embarrassment, there was a lot of emotion running through that first inning,” Latos said.

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The pitching may have been the story throughout most of the game, but Tampa Bay Rays catcher Rene Rivera turned in the biggest play of the night against the Boston Red Sox. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball! ] With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Rivera knocked a single to left field on a 79 mph curve from Anthony Varvaro, giving Tampa Bay the walk-off victory.  Up until that point, the game had been dominated by pitching. Boston starter Clay Buchholz turned in the more impressive start, striking out 10 batters over six innings. He allowed one run on just two hits during the outing. He was matched by Rays pitcher Jake Odorozzi throughout the contest. Odorizzi allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. With the performance, Odorizzi lowered his ERA to an exceptional 1.65 on the season. The Rays bullpen was phenomenal once Odorizzi left the game. Over 2 1/3 innings, Tampa’s relievers did not allow a hit against Boston. The Red Sox pen didn’t have the same luck. Varvaro struggled almost immediately in the ninth. After a leadoff single, he managed to pick up the first out of the inning with a fly out. Another single put men on first and second, and that’s when Rivera struck. With the win, the Rays improve to 8-8 on the season. TORONTO NEARLY BLOWS HUGE LEAD IN THE NINTH The Toronto Blue Jays nearly wasted an excellent start from pitcher Drew Hutchison on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Hutchison was on his game throughout most of the contest, turning in five perfect innings to open the game. A Manny Machado home run may have broken up Hutchison’s shot at history, but he remained strong after the play. Hutchison wound up allowing two runs on just four hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. That performance was almost all for naught, as Liam Hendriks and Miguel Castro had a tough time closing things out in the ninth. With the Blue Jays up by five, it seemed like things would be fine. Those two made it interesting. Hendriks opened the inning by giving up a leadoff single. He was able to pick up a strikeout against the next batter, but allowed two more singles before being pulled from the contest. Castro then entered with two men on and allowed a home run to Manny Machado. It was Machado’s second big fly of the night.  With the Orioles now down by one run, Castro was able to settle in, picking up a fly out and strikeout to finish the game.  With the 7-6, Toronto improved to 9-7 on the year.   ANGELS ONLY NOTCH ONE HIT, WIN ANYWAY The Los Angeles Angels only had one hit Thursday against the Oakland Athletics, but that was all they needed.  Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer in the third inning wound up being the difference maker for Los Angeles. After Drew Butera reached on an error, Calhoun belted a 93 mph fastball from Jesse Chavez out to right for the two-run blast.  Chavez had some issues with walks during the contest, but that was the only real mistake he made all game.  Chavez was matched by Nick Tropeano, who was making his first start of the season. Tropeano was fantastic, tossing six scoreless innings against Oakland. He struck out five during the contest.  The game marked the third time in team history the Angels have won a game after picking up just one hit. Zobrist flies out in foul territory, & for just the third time in franchise history, the #Angels win with only one hit. 2-0. Record now 7-9. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2015 Los Angeles will begin a series with the Texas Rangers on Friday. WACHA COMES OUT VICTORIOUS OVER SCHERZER St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha had a tough task Thursday. He not only needed to shutdown a promising Washington Nationals’ offense, but he had to out-duel the team’s new ace Max Scherzer. He was successful in both areas, turning in a spectacular performance. Wacha gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Scherzer was nearly as strong, giving up two earned runs over seven innings. Scherzer struck out four batters, but did not put anyone on base via the walk.  With the win, Wacha is now 3-0 on the season. Over 20 1/3 innings, he’s posted a 1.35 ERA.  Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues Friday: — FAST TRACK Jacob deGrom and the surprising New York Mets try to set a franchise record with their 12th straight victory – they can do it with a win at Yankee Stadium in the Subway Series opener. Coming off a 10-0 homestand, the Mets have the top mark in the majors at 13-3. Michael Pineda starts for the Yankees, who have won six of seven. TRYING AGAIN Jon Lester makes his fourth start for the Cubs, still looking for his first win with them.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — READY FOR A RECORD The New York Mets will try to tie the team record of 11 straight wins. Bartolo Colon starts against Atlanta as the Mets attempt to match the club mark done four times, most recently in 1990. New York is 9-0 at Citi Field this year. COOL DOWN Young Royals ace Yordano Ventura will try to keep his composure when he starts in Chicago vs. the White Sox.

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Wong homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Wong finished 3 for 4 for the second straight night. He also made two spectacular plays at second base and a third good one, helping St. Louis on offense and defense. ”You always want to try and have that one game where you can play both sides really well, and (this) was my night,” Wong said.

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