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ATL@MIL: Peralta limits Braves over six solid frames

After dropping their series opener with the Mets on Friday, the Brewers rebounded on Saturday and continued their remarkable creep toward the second National League Wild Card spot. In the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park, Wily Peralta will make his third career start with higher stakes than he's ever faced in the big leagues.

Peralta, a 23-year-old right-hander initially called up after the September roster expansion to audition for the 2013 rotation, suddenly finds himself in the midst of Milwaukee's stunning run. After he was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 4, Peralta made starts against the Marlins on Sept. 5, and the Braves on Monday. He earned a win in the first, and a no-decision in the second, which featured a slew of stellar defensive plays from Milwaukee's infielders. All together, it amounted to a 3.00 ERA, with 12 hits allowed over 12 innings.

"They were playing very aggressive behind me," Peralta said after his last start. "I'm happy with the defense we're playing."

Saturday's win moved Milwaukee to 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals and Dodgers for the second Wild Card spot.

Mets: Young takes mound in series finale
After pitching well but receiving only two runs of support his last time out against the Braves on Sept. 9, Chris Young gets the start for the Mets on Sunday.

The 33-year-old right-hander tossed six innings of two-run, five-hit ball in his last start, but earned only a no-decision. On the season, Young is 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA over 96 1/3 innings.

"A guy like Chris Young, it's all about locating where he wants to locate it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "If he makes a mistake, because he's not going to throw it by you, he can run into trouble. But he is so prepared, that's why he's had success."

Brewers: Tuesday is likely date for Hart's return
The Brewers are hoping first baseman Corey Hart will return to action on Tuesday for the start of a 10-game road trip to Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati.

Hart has been inactive since last Sunday with a left foot injury, though he could be available to pinch-hit on Sunday. With Hart out, manager Ron Roenicke has been setting his lineups based on matchups. Taylor Green started at first on Saturday, and Travis Ishikawa is also an option.

"If everything went perfect, hopefully Tuesday," is Hart's target to start, Roenicke said.

Worth noting
• After going 0-for-3 on Saturday, David Wright remains seven hits shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the franchise record of 1,418.

• Though the Brewers have been hot lately, they have remained in fourth place in the NL Central every day since May 30. Comments