Tonight in MLB: Braves go for 9th win in a row

Tonight in MLB: Braves go for 9th win in a row
May 26, 2013, 9:30 am
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In a change of pace, the Phillies' bullpen preserved a solid outing from starter Jonathan Pettibone, and the lineup scored five runs on only six hits in a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday (see story).

Chad Durbin entered Saturday night with an 8.10 ERA but got two key outs for the Phils in their win over the Nats (see story).

Now, let's take a look at some of Sunday's MLB action:

Braves at Mets, 8:05 p.m.
While the Atlanta Braves continue to roll, the New York Mets remain in a free fall.

The Braves can win nine in a row by handing the Mets a ninth consecutive home loss Sunday night.

Things proved doubly delightful Saturday for Atlanta (30-18) after it won the conclusion of Friday's suspended game 7-5 in 10 innings, then rolled to a 6-0 victory over New York in the regularly scheduled contest. The Braves, who won 10 straight from April 5-16, have outscored their last eight opponents 47-21.

Atlanta has won 15 of 18 over the Mets (17-29), including five straight and seven of eight at Citi Field. New York is 0-5 on an eight-game homestand and in the midst of its longest slide in Queens since it dropped nine straight Sept. 7-20.

"As I said before, when you're playing bad baseball, you've got to play perfect baseball to win," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And so when we don't execute some things, certainly it comes back to hurt us."

Dan Uggla hit an RBI single in the 10th inning of the suspended game that the Braves led 5-3 before the Mets scored twice in the bottom of the eighth before the rains came (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

Cardinals at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a bad spot in the NL West standings, but at least they're putting themselves in position to win series.

Giving the ball to ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday could help the host Dodgers win another one as the NL-leading St. Louis Cardinals try to stay undefeated in their last eight series.

When the season started, looking up at the rest of the West was not where the Dodgers (20-27) imagined they would be during Memorial Day weekend. Their struggles have raised plenty of questions about manager Don Mattingly's job security, even though team president Stan Kasten said before Friday's 7-0 loss that he's not in danger of being fired.

The Dodgers could start to quiet some of the calls for Mattingly's job by stringing together some victories. The club goes for its fourth series win in five tries following Saturday's 5-3 victory.

Adrian Gonzalez finished a triple short of the cycle and drove in three runs and Nick Punto added three hits to help the Dodgers end the Cardinals' three-game winning streak and 3-0 run outside St. Louis (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

Rockies at Giants, 4:05 p.m.
The San Francisco Giants rallied twice to end a losing streak to the Colorado Rockies.

The Giants overcame an even larger deficit the last time Matt Cain took the mound in this NL West matchup.

Cain will try to win a sixth consecutive start against Colorado in Sunday's series finale in San Francisco.

Losers of four straight to the Rockies (27-22) after winning the first four matchups this season, the Giants (27-22) avoided a third consecutive defeat overall with a 6-5, 10-inning victory Saturday. Angel Pagan had a walkoff, two-run inside-the-park homer after Troy Tulowitzki put Colorado up with a solo shot in the 10th.

The Giants trailed 4-0 after four innings (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

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