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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/03/2011

Leading off: Brewers and Marlins face off, both looking to gain ground

Game of the day: Milwaukee at Florida, 7:10 p.m. The Brewers and Marlins are both in second place, each two games behind the teams ahead of them in their respective divisions. Milwaukee is just 9-19 on the road this season, while Florida opens an 11-game homestand with a middling 14-12 record in Miami. Left-hander Randy Wolf (4-4) will pitch for Milwaukee, coming off two straight starts in which he allowed just one earned run. Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-1) is the scheduled starter for Florida, in what will be his first outing since he allowed eight runs on 15 hits in his last start Sunday against Los Angeles. Nolasco has an 8.66 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee.

Other game to watch:

Texas at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. This matchup of division leaders features a pair of right-handed starters who opened the season in strong fashion. Rangers starter Alexi Ogando (5-0) sports a 2.33 ERA even after he allowed five runs in his last outing, and Ogando remains unbeaten through 10 starts. Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson (5-3) started the season 5-0 through his first five starts, but Masterson hasn’t won a game since April 26. Texas has won seven of its last 10 games.

Game you should have seen

New York Mets 9, Pittsburgh 8. The Mets overcame an early 7-0 deficit to storm back and beat the Pirates. Carlos Beltran cut the lead to 7-3 with his ninth home run of the year in the bottom of the third before the Mets scored four in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 7. Ruben Tejada hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth, and Beltran walked with the bases loaded to add what turned out to be a needed insurance run. It was the Mets’ biggest comeback since 2000.

Stat you should know: 0. Strikeouts by Rangers hitters on Thursday in their 7-4 win over the Indians. It marked the first game in which no Ranger struck out since May 31, 2008.

Star of the night: Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff hit three home runs and had six RBI in San Francisco’s 12-7 win over St. Louis. In the same game, Colby Rasmus had six RBI for the Cardinals.

Chatter: “You need wins like this to show you can do it. You have 27 outs. You don’t stop until the game is over.” – Mets Manager Terry Collins after his team’s come-from-behind win over the Pirates

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/03/2011

 
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