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The Associated Press

The New York Mets have battled through cold temperatures and snow to put themselves on the cusp of their first series sweep of the season.

The weather may get the upper hand Sunday.

With rain in the forecast all day, the Mets are hoping to get a chance to complete their first sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the finale of this three-game series.

New York (7-4) opened this series at snowy Target Field with Friday's 16-5 win, and followed that with a 4-2 victory Saturday with game-time temperatures registering at 35 degrees.

"I just keep looking forward to when it gets warmer," center fielder Collin Cowgill told the team's official website. "Hopefully, we've got some warmer games ahead of us."

The weather may keep the Mets and Twins (4-7) from having a game at all Sunday. It's expected to be 31 degrees with a rain and snow mix at game time, changing to rain until later in the evening.

New York is trying to win for the sixth time in eight games, and Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71 ERA) will attempt to draw some inspiration from Matt Harvey's impressive Saturday outing.

Harvey's no-hit bid ended with two outs in the seventh when Justin Morneau connected for a solo homer off the foul pole in right.

Gee has a 6.86 ERA while losing four straight starts on the road dating to a victory at Toronto on May 20. The right-hander's latest performance away from New York was the shortest start of his career, as he surrendered seven runs and 10 hits - three homers - in three innings of Tuesday's 8-3 loss at Philadelphia.

"He'd miss his target by two feet. It was just one of those nights for him," manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets are hitting .316 with six doubles, two triples and two homers in this series as their bats continue to show dramatic improvement. They're hitting .272 with 15 homers while averaging 6.3 runs, 2.3 more than last year when they batted .249.

New York has homered in each of its 11 games this season, a franchise record that has it in position to become the first team to homer in its first 12 since Tampa Bay in 2007.

Despite the power display, David Wright is still seeking his first homer. The third baseman, though, has four hits - two for extra bases - and five RBIs in this series, and owns a .438 average in eight career meetings with the Twins.

Wright may cap this series with a big day at the plate since he's an eye-popping 13 for 17 with three doubles and three homers against Kevin Correia, Minnesota's scheduled starter.

Correia (0-1, 3.14) has lost his last two starts versus the Mets, giving up 10 runs in 12 innings while allowing homers to Wright and Ike Davis.

The right-hander has been much better so far this season, but has been backed by one run in each of his first two starts. He had a 1-0 lead going into the eighth inning Monday at Kansas City, but got just one more out and was charged with all three Royals runs in a 3-1 loss.

That defeat started this five-game skid, during which Minnesota has been outscored 33-12 while batting .200. The club hasn't dropped six straight since April 21-27.

Joe Mauer has a .345 average with six runs over the past seven games after getting three hits - two doubles - in this series.

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