Kevin Slowey was in cleats and in the bullpen early Tuesday morning. Scheduled to start the second game of the series Tuesday night, Slowey told his manager he was ready in a relief capacity to enter the series opener, which ended in 15 innings.

The Marlins didn’t need Slowey to walk-off the Mets the first game. He played a significant role in them doing the second time.

Tuesday, Slowey became the club’s first starter to go eight innings and held the Mets to a run on four hits without walking a batter and striking out eight. His team down 1-0 in the ninth, Slowey watched the offense rally and win 2-1 at Marlins Park.

Chris Coghlan initiated things with a pinch-hit single and scored the tying run on Donovan Solano’s RBI-base hit off Jeremy Hefner, who stifled the Marlins on four hits through eight-plus and struck out eight. A Brandon Lyon wild pitch allowed Juan Pierre to score from third and end it.

The Marlins’ third straight win had its controversy. With Coghlan on second, Mets’ catcher Anthony Recker fielded Pierre’s sacrifice bunt attempt and fired to third. The throw was high, but David Wright did a fantastic job blocking the bag and appeared to tag out Coghlan as he over-slid.

Umpire Tim McClelland did not see it that way.

“When I saw those hands go safe, I was excited,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I knew we were in business…Maybe we caught a little break there at third, but it’s good to see a break go our way.”

Added Coghlan: “Right when I took off I knew it was going to be close. I beat the throw. That’s all that matters.”

All that matters to Slowey is that his team won. Tuesday marked his longest outing since he went eight as a member of the Twins against the Mariners on July 31, 2010. Yet none of Slowey’s six starts have yielded a personal victory despite the fact he’s completed at least five innings without allowing more than three runs in any of them.

The Marlins are averaging 1.3 runs per game in Slowey’s outings. Twice they’ve been blanked, and they’ve posted a .165 team average (29-for-176) with four extra-base hits in his games.

“We need to get this guy a win,” Redmond said. “This is ridiculous. He’s done his part. It’s going to happen.”