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New York Mets Vs. San Francisco Giants: Mike Pelfrey Will Try To Prevent A Sweep

(Sports Network) - Towering right-hander Mike Pelfrey aims for a return to winning today when the New York Mets host the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.

A 15-game winner a season ago, Pelfrey has won just once in six starts this season while allowing 42 hits and 25 runs in 28 innings.

He was 0-2 with a pair of no-decisions in his first four outings before recording his initial victory - a 4-1 decision over Arizona in which he allowed just five hits and a run in seven innings with four strikeouts.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder was raked a start later, however, giving up eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 10-3 loss at Philadelphia.

He's split a pair of career decisions against San Francisco with a 2.28 earned run average in 27 2/3 innings.

The Giants, meanwhile, go with lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who'll go for a sixth straight start without a loss. The 28-year-old was a 4-3 loser at Los Angeles after 5 2/3 innings of work in an April 1 start, but has subsequently won twice and gotten three no-decisions in five outings.

The most recent came April 30 at Washington, when he gave up two hits and an unearned run with seven strikeouts in five innings, while getting a no- decision in the Giants' 2-1 win.

He's 2-1 in eight games - six starts - against the Mets with a 3.89 ERA in 39 1/3 innings.

On Wednesday, Tim Lincecum struck out 12 in seven shutout innings, leading the Giants in a 2-0 victory. Aubrey Huff went 3-for-4 with a double, while Mike Fontenot and Pat Burrell drove in runs for San Francisco, which has won the first two in this three- game series.

Lincecum (3-3) allowed five hits and walked three, but held New York off the scoreboard and snapped a two-start losing streak.

Chris Capuano (2-3) got the loss despite allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up eight hits and walked three in the Mets' fourth loss in five games.

The Giants won four of seven over the Mets a season ago, but are just 5-7 in Flushing since the start of 2008.


Next Game

San Francisco Giants
@ New York Mets

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Jonathan Sanchez vs Mike Pelfrey

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.


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