Today in MLB: Mets look to stay hot vs. Braves

Today in MLB: Mets look to stay hot vs. Braves
May 5, 2013, 10:45 am
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The Phillies end their homestand today against the Marlins in the final game of their four-game series with Miami. The Phillies won the first two games but Miami took the third game, 2-0 (see story). Here's a look at today's action around the MLB:

Mets try for third straight win
A rare outburst offensively has sparked consecutive victories, and the New York Mets appear to have a decent chance to keep swinging hot bats Sunday at Turner Field.

The Mets look to match a season high with their third straight win in the finale of this rain-shortened two-game set as they face Julio Teheran, who has been the Atlanta Braves' least effective starter.

After totaling 11 runs and hitting .165 with three homers during its season-worst six-game losing streak, New York (12-15) has scored 14 times while batting .263 with six homers in back-to-back victories. (See full preview).

Gonzalez, Nationals look to rebound
Much like the rest of the Washington Nationals, Gio Gonzalez is ready to move on from a tough April.

The left-hander looks to bounce back from another rough outing while trying to help the Nationals complete a winning road trip with a second straight victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

A 21-game winner with a 2.89 ERA in 2012, Gonzalez (2-2, 5.34 ERA) allowed a run, six hits and walked four in 11 innings to go 1-0 in his first two starts this season. However, he's yielded 18 runs, 20 hits and 14 walks in 21 innings while going 1-2 in the last four. (See full preview).

Cardinals aim to sweep Brewers
The St. Louis Cardinals are finding Miller Park's dimensions very much to their liking.

That doesn't bode well for Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada.

The Cardinals will try to continue their power surge and complete a four-game sweep of the Brewers on Sunday.

Jon Jay homered for the first time since April 10 and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, while Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit their first homers to lead St. Louis to a 7-6 win Saturday. (See full preview).

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