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New York at Atlanta

Venue: Turner Field
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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.

David Wright provided one of the big blows Friday with a game-tying homer off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning before New York scored twice in the 10th to win 7-5.

"He's as dominant as anybody in the game," Wright said of Kimbrel, who allowed a home run for the first time since Aug. 31. "You've just got to hope he makes a minor mistake or really you don't have much of a chance."

Wright, who also homered in a 7-6 win at Miami on Wednesday, now tries to lead New York to its first three-game win streak since April 6-8. Saturday's middle game of the series was postponed, with no makeup date set.

The Mets notched their second victory in nine games in Atlanta on Friday while tying a season high with four homers, and they'll look to continue that kind of production as they face Teheran (1-0, 5.08 ERA).

Opponents are hitting .333 against the right-hander, who has the worst ERA of any pitcher on the Braves' active roster. He has one quality start in five tries - every other Atlanta starter has at least four - but the Braves (17-12) have won all of them while scoring a combined 31 runs.

Teheran, though, has managed to avoid the big inning lately, allowing three runs despite 18 hits over 12 1-3 innings in his last two starts. He surrendered 10 hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings Monday, not getting a decision in a 3-2 win over Washington.

"We're watching him grow up in front of our eyes," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The East-leading Braves haven't given their pitchers much support following a 12-1 start, hitting .226 with 156 strikeouts while dropping 11 of 16.

Atlanta, however, has batted .295 with 10 homers and 57 RBIs over the last nine home games against the Mets. Evan Gattis hit his seventh homer Friday, Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs and B.J. Upton had two hits to break a 1-for-22 slump.

"Our offense went out there and did what they had to do," said Kimbrel, who blew his second save in three games. "They scored when we needed to score, and we weren't just able to hold it down."

The Braves hope to do some damage against left-hander Jonathon Niese (2-2, 3.31), winless in his last three starts while getting three runs of support.

Niese allowed three runs - one earned - in 6 2-3 innings in a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, showing no ill effects from the comebacker that hit him near the right ankle and knocked him out of his previous start.

"It felt good," said Niese, who threw a season-high 117 pitches. "I was able to pound the zone with all of my pitches for the most part."

Niese is 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts against the Braves since the start of the 2011 season, yielding three runs in 21 innings over the last three.

Two of those runs came off homers by Freddie Freeman, but the first baseman is homerless since opening day.

Justin Upton is 5 for 11 off Niese without a homer, and he hasn't gone deep in a season-high six consecutive games but still leads the majors with 12 home runs.

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Weather
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Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
66°F50°F8mph/W47%66%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Mets3rd NL East87.5332 ½ 6-4 W 3
Atlanta1st NL East105.667-6-4 L 1
Probable Starters

Jonathon Niese, LHP
2013 stats
32.2 Innings Pitched 35.0
2-2 Wins-Losses 3-1
3.31 Earned Run Average 3.86
13 Walks 11
17 Strikeouts 24
95 Pitches Per Start 95
Career vs. opponent
72.2 Innings Pitched 172.1
6-3 Wins-Losses 15-10
2.97 Earned Run Average 3.60

Tim Hudson, RHP
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Tim Hudson
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Tejada178003.471
Baxter31000.333
Duda206112.300
Murphy164002.250
Davis133052.231
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jonathon Niese
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Maholm21001.500
Upton115010.455
Johnson166010.375
Simmons31000.333
Johnson62000.333
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
N.Y. Mets 150 Atlanta -160
Injuries
NY Mets
PlayerInjury
B. ColonBack
C. GrandersonRib, forearm, knee
M. HarveyElbow
J. LagaresHamstring
J. MejiaFinger
B. ParnellElbow
C. YoungQuadriceps
Atlanta
PlayerInjury
B. BeachyElbow
G. FloydElbow
C. GearrinElbow
C. KimbrelShoulder
K. MedlenElbow
M. MinorShoulder
J. VentersElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 8ATLNYM 4-0Colon Harang 
Apr 9ATLATL 4-3Santana Wheeler 
Apr 10ATLNYM 6-4Torres Avilan 
Apr 18NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Apr 19NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Apr 20NYM 1:10 PM EDT  
Jun 30ATL 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 1ATL 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 2ATL 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 7NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 8NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 9NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 10NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 26NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 27NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 28NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 19ATL 7:35 PM EDT  
Sep 20ATL 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21ATL 1:35 PM EDT