Atlanta (12-17) at New York (20-9)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sat May 6, 2006
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Tim Hudson looks to continue his dominance over the New York Mets when the Atlanta Braves continue a three-game series against their NL East rivals at Shea Stadium on Saturday.

Hudson (2-2, 4.54 ERA) will try to build on a 4-0 career record and 1.70 ERA in five starts against the Mets. He is 3-0 at Shea and has allowed the Mets a .194 batting average there in that span.

In his last outing in New York in April 19, the right-hander pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts in a 3-1 victory.

The two-time All-Star threw his second career one-hitter Monday as the Braves (12-17) topped Colorado 2-0.

“I’m getting a lot more downward movement instead of side to side. That side-to-side stuff gets hit a long way,” said Hudson. “It’s not rocket science. It was just a little bitty adjustment, but that’s all it took.”

Despite his success against the Mets (20-9), Hudson has struggled against Carlos Delgado—the Mets’ leading home run hitter with 11—who has five in 36 at-bats against him.

The Mets (20-9) will counter with Victor Zambrano (1-2, 7.20), who has struggled against the Braves.

Zambrano is 0-4 with a 4.88 ERA and 13 walks in five appearances including four starts against Atlanta. The right-hander suffered the loss when he allowed seven runs and seven hits through five innings of a 7-1 defeat on April 18.

The right-hander is coming off his best performance of the season as he went six innings Monday and allowed a run and five hits in a 2-1 win over Washington.

“He’s taking a lot of heat,” Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca said. “Sometimes you use lose your confidence. This was big for him.”

Zambrano will try to build on the momentum of the Mets’ 8-7 in 14 innings Friday in the series opener.

The Mets rallied four times before David Wright’s two-out double to give New York its third consecutive win and eighth in the last 10.

“We kept scrapping and clawing,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “It was a big character win for us.”

New York trailed in the first and second and came back from four runs down in the seventh. The Mets were down again when Atlanta’s Wilson Betemit had a pinch hit solo home run in the top of the 11th. Cliff Floyd answered with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame.

“We had it won twice,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “We gave it up twice. It was a game we should have won.”

Wright is 7-for-10 with three RBIs in two games after a 1-for-19 slump.

The Mets will try for their eighth win in 11 series in this season. They have split two and lost only to the Braves from April 17-19 at home.

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T. Hudson SF vs. V. Zambrano NYY
13-12 Record 1-2
4.86 ERA 6.75
141 K 15
79 BB 11
1.44 WHIP 1.69