After losing two straight games for the first time since the start of the month, the New York Mets rebounded with the help of a stellar pitching performance.
Jonathon Niese is delivering solid outings on a regular basis.Niese takes the mound Sunday as the Mets wrap up their three-game home set against the Los Angeles Angels, who are sputtering on offense.Mike Pelfrey threw a complete game in Saturday's 6-1 victory, avoiding a three-game skid after New York (35-36) had endured its first back-to-back losses since May 31 and June 1.Carlos Beltran went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer estimated at 460 feet. It was his 10th homer of the season and first since June 2."There's some things that this club has that has kept us afloat," manager Terry Collins said. "Obviously, one is the play of Jose Reyes. The other is the play and the leadership of Carlos Beltran."Reyes, the NL's leading hitter at .343, went 1 for 3 on Saturday but is only 4 for 30 over his last seven interleague contests.Niese (6-5, 3.46 ERA), who opened the season 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA through his first four starts, is 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA over his last six outings -- pitching into the seventh inning of five of them and allowing two earned runs or fewer in all six.He yielded two runs in 6 1/3 innings of Tuesday's 4-3 victory at Atlanta."He started to have confidence in his stuff," Collins told MLB.com. "Early in the season, I really felt he relied on just his fastball a lot of times. Right now, he's using all three of his pitches. The cutter has become a weapon for him, better than it was. As the weather started to warm up a little bit, his command of his stuff got better as did his usage of his stuff."The left-hander will face an Angels offense which has totaled six runs over its last three games. Mark Trumbo's homer in the sixth provided the only offense for Los Angeles in Saturday's loss.Bobby Abreu, the team's regular designated hitter, sat Friday's game in an NL park despite hitting safely in 13 of his previous 15 contests. He was back in the lineup Saturday, but went 1 for 4 with a single and wasn't a significant factor in the game's outcome.Torii Hunter has been a bright spot in the series for the Angels' lineup, going 4 for 8 in the first two games after a 1-for-19 slump over his previous five.The Angels (34-38) have reached double digits in hits only once in their last 11 games.Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.20) will take the mound for Los Angeles trying to avoid his third straight defeat. The 21-year-old rookie right-hander lasted only 3 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing nine runs in a 9-0 loss to Kansas City.Chatwood hasn't won since beating Atlanta on May 22 in his only interleague start, but the Angels haven't given him a chance to win. They haven't scored a run for him in any of his last four outings.Despite Saturday's loss, the Angels are a major league-best 27-11 in interleague road games since 2007.