Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 5/15/12
Daniel Murphy is red hot at the plate, especially at Citi Field. The New York Mets are reaping the benefits. The second baseman goes for the longest hitting streak of his career as the Mets try to win for the eighth time in 10 tries by sweeping this two-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Murphy is hitting .333 with a team-leading 10 doubles and 14 RBIs on the season, and those numbers have been aided by his 10-game hitting streak, which matches the longest of his career set from Aug. 15-24, 2009. He has a .452 average with four doubles and seven RBIs during his run, helping New York (20-15) win seven of nine. He also owns a .382 average at home, where the Mets are 11-6. Murphy had two of the Mets' season low-tying three hits in a 3-1 win over Milwaukee (15-20) on Monday. He singled home a run in the first and scored on a suicide squeeze in the sixth following his third double in five games. Murphy is batting .333 in 11 career meetings with the Brewers, including 6 for 13 in three games in Flushing. Also contributing offensively is David Wright, who ranks among baseball's leaders with a .398 average. He has at least one hit in 18 of 19 games and is hitting .455 with seven of his team-high 21 RBIs in the past eight. While Murphy and Wright are pacing the offense, New York's rotation has compiled a 2.73 ERA in the past nine games. However, the starters are only 4-0 during that span because the bullpen has a 5.18 ERA while blowing three of eight save opportunities. Frank Francisco was accountable for one of those blown saves, and is 0-2 while surrendering six runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings over his last three appearances, drawing his status as closer into question. He allowed a run and two hits in the ninth Monday but finished up for his ninth save. "He wanted to be in there bad, so I thought I should give him the opportunity," manager Terry Collins said. "I thought he made some better pitches. He's still got to get his secondary pitches in the strike zone." Collins is scheduled to give the ball to Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.78 ERA), who's looking to be more efficient and win for the first time in four home starts this season. The right-hander labored through 103 pitches Wednesday, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings at Philadelphia but left without a decision in a 10-6 win. Gee made his only career start against the Brewers on Sept. 30, 2010, yielding four runs - two earned - and seven hits in six innings of a 9-2 home loss. The Brewers will counter with Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.35), who is 2-0 with a 2.23 ERA in his past five starts. The right-hander pitched well enough to win again Wednesday, tossing eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball with a season-high 11 strikeouts before closer John Axford blew the save in a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati. Greinke, though, is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in three road starts, and is making his first visit to Citi Field. He last faced the Mets in a home loss with Kansas City on June 13, 2004, allowing five runs in seven innings.
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