Chicago (54-56) at New York (56-54)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 7, 2005
  • TV: ESPN
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The New York Mets have been an inconsistent team all season. Sweeping the Chicago Cubs would go a long way toward helping them shed that label.

The Mets look to continue their strong play at home and complete their first sweep of the Cubs in almost three years when the teams meet Sunday night at Shea Stadium.

This has been an up-and-down season for the Mets, who since starting 0-5 have not been more than four games over or three games under .500. They have reached or dropped to .500 on 23 different occasions, most recently following a 12-9 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.

One constant for the Mets this season has been their play at home. They have won nine of their last 12 at Shea Stadium and are 35-23 there this year. St. Louis and Houston are the only NL teams with more home victories.

Jae Seo, making his first appearance in more than three months, worked 7 1-3 scoreless innings and David Wright and Carlos Beltran each drove in a run to lead the Mets to a 2-0 victory Saturday.

“I’m glad we got the win today,” manager Willie Randolph said. “Jae Seo gets his next start. Then we’ll wait and see how it plays out.”

Although New York is last in the NL East, it is well within striking distance of wild card-leading Houston.

A victory Sunday would give New York its first sweep of any kind against Chicago since it won three straight at home from Sept. 17-19, 2002.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak a career-high 19 games. He is batting .418 (33-for-79) with 18 runs and 11 steals during the streak.

Seo and two relievers completely baffled Chicago’s best hitters, holding the first six batters in the order hitless in 22 at-bats.

Saturday’s loss was the fourth straight and fifth in six contests for the Cubs, who fell two games under .500 for the first time since July 9, when they were 42-44.

After returning to the lineup Friday for the first time since April 20, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra got the day off on Saturday. He is expected to be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

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