The surging Atlanta Braves have thrived at home, but haven't enjoyed the same success on the road.
Fortunately for them, the slumping New York Mets haven't held much of a home-field advantage.
Seeking a seventh straight win, the Braves look for their momentum to carry over to the road when they face a Mets team hoping to avoid a seventh consecutive home loss Friday night.
One day after hitting a pinch-hit game-tying homer in the ninth inning of a 5-4, 10-inning victory, Evan Gattis connected on a grand slam Wednesday as Atlanta (28-18) beat Minnesota 8-3 to sweep a six-game homestand.
Ramiro Pena and B.J. Upton also went deep for the Braves, who enter this three-game set having outscored opponents 34-16 during their run.
"I love this team," said Gattis, who, despite not playing every day, ranks second on the team with 10 homers and 27 RBIs. "All of our pitchers, relievers, everybody in the whole lineup, we all contribute, we've all got roles, we've all got things we do to help this team. It's a good feeling right now in the clubhouse. We're playing good baseball."
Keeping things going could prove difficult on the road, where Atlanta has dropped 13 of 19 following a 7-0 start. The Braves are hitting .152 with runners in scoring position during a 1-5 slump in opposing ballparks.
"You go on long road trips, they can wear on you," Upton told MLB's official website. "It's definitely good to sweep the homestand, so hopefully we can take that to the road."
While things haven't gone Atlanta's way as the visiting club, the Mets (17-27) can't seem to get it together at home. Coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Cincinnati, New York has dropped 11 of 13 at Citi Field - including its last six by a 36-14 margin.
The Mets, who lost nine in a row at home last season, saw their woes continue in Wednesday's 7-4 loss, going 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Ike Davis went 0 for 2 with two walks and made a costly defensive mistake that led to the Reds' go ahead-run in a three-run ninth inning.
"There are certain guys that you root extra hard for, and Ike's at the top of that list," teammate David Wright said of Davis, who's mired in a 1-for-38 slump. "He's done everything he can to help his team. It's tough to watch."
Things aren't about to get any easier for Davis, who's two for his last 10 against Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.02 ERA). The right-hander takes the hill looking to lead the Braves to a 14th win in 17 matchups versus New York.
Medlen, who has the majors' second-lowest run support average at 2.38, allowed one unearned run and two hits over seven innings but didn't factor in the decision of Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers .
"Medlen was outstanding," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You saw seven innings of him being the Medlen of last year."
Medlen, who is 0-4 over his last seven outings, compiled a 1.47 ERA in winning all three of his starts versus New York in 2012. Besides Davis, Medlen has made things tough on Wright and Daniel Murphy , who are a combined 4 for 30 against him.
The Mets counter with Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 5.00), who allowed four runs in as many innings during Saturday's 8-2 road loss to the Chicago Cubs . New York has lost all eight of the righty's starts this year.
In his only start versus Atlanta, Hefner was tagged for five runs and eight hits over 2 2-3 innings during an 11-3 defeat Sept. 8.
|May 18, 2013||Eric O'Flaherty||15-Day DL||Left elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
|May 12, 2013||Jordan Walden||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 05, 2013||Juan Francisco||Day-to-Day||Sprained right ankle|
|April 25, 2013||Luis Ayala||15-Day DL||Anxiety disorder|
|April 21, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|New York Mets|
|May 14, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|May 09, 2013||Jeurys Familia||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|April 29, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|April 23, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Lower right leg contusion|
|March 22, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||60-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
NEW YORK (AP) -- An overnight wait was worth it for the Atlanta Braves .
Dan Uggla hit an RBI single in the 10th inning soon after a suspended game resumed, and the Braves beat the New York Mets 7-5 Saturday for their seventh straight win.
"Sometimes you wonder how long these games will last," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm glad we were able to finish it off."
Friday night's game was halted because of rain after eight innings with the score 5-all. It took 42 minutes to complete it.
The game picked up right where it left off, at the start of the ninth inning. There was no national anthem, fans were scattered in the stands and it was cloudy and windy with temperatures in the low 50s.
The Mets lost their fourth in a row overall and seventh straight at home. Atlanta and New York were originally scheduled to play Saturday at 7:10 p.m. The resumption ended about 20 minutes before that start time, and the first pitch was pushed back 15 minutes.
"As I said before, when you're playing bad baseball, you've got to play perfect baseball to win. And so when we don't execute some things, certainly it comes back to hurt us," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
After Justin Upton grounded into inning-ending double play with runners at the corners in the Atlanta ninth, the Braves won it in the 10th.
Freddie Freeman , who homered Friday night before the rain came, drew a leadoff walk from Brandon Lyon (1-2) and took third on a double by Brian McCann .
Uggla, who hit a late home run the previous night at Citi Field, followed with his go-ahead single. B.J. Upton later squeezed home pinch-runner Jordan Schafer .
"That was good, heads-up play by them on the bunt. It wasn't called," Gonzalez said.
Anthony Varvaro (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. He worked the eighth a day earlier and gave up two runs that made it 5-all. Gonzalez said Varvaro wouldn't pitch in Saturday night's game.
Craig Kimbrel escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the 10th for his 15th save in 18 tries. John Buck was hit by a pitch leading off and Ike Davis , who struck out in all four at-bats Friday, singled for his second hit in 43 at-bats.
But Ruben Tejada popped up a sacrifice bunt try and pinch-hitter Justin Turner grounded into a double play that ended it.
The Braves' previous suspended game was April 5, 1997, against the Cubs - it was the second game ever played at Turner Field and was stopped because of rain in the seventh inning. Atlanta won the resumption the next day.
The Mets lost in their first suspended game since Aug. 6, 1986, when the second game of a doubleheader against the Cubs was halted after the seventh for darkness - Wrigley Field didn't have lights then. The Mets won the completion the next day.
When the Mets took the field Saturday, the public-address announcer said Bobby Parnell was now pitching for New York. Greg Burke finished out the eighth Friday night while reliever Robert Carson warmed up.
The Braves took a 5-3 lead in the eighth on a two-run single by pinch-hitter Evan Gattis . The Mets evened it in the bottom half against Varvaro, who struggled to get a good grip but threw a wild pitch that let the tying run score.
The game was suspended after a 75-minute delay. The start was delayed by rain for 16 minutes.
Uggla hit a solo homer in the Atlanta seventh that made it 3-all. Buck had also connected.
NOTES: Gonzalez said RHP Brandon Beachy ( Tommy John surgery in 2012) is "progressing well." Beachy pitched four innings and gave up two runs Friday night in a Triple-A rehab start. ... Atlanta RHP Jordan Walden (shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Friday and will have another one Sunday. ... The clubs combined TV crews to show the resumption, with Mets announcer Keith Hernandez working with Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson . The regularly scheduled game was a Fox national game.