The Atlanta Braves' pitching staff has been pretty stingy lately, and that may bode well heading into a series against a slumping Minnesota Twins team that's struggling to score.
Atlanta seeks to win a fourth straight game while dealing visiting Minnesota a sixth consecutive defeat Monday night.
The Braves (25-18) had lost five of six going into the weekend, but completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-2 victory Sunday, scoring four runs in the eighth inning.
Mike Minor struck out nine and the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings, giving Atlanta a 2.25 ERA over its last six contests.
"We lost a lot of games we felt we should have won," Minor said. "We came back in another one from behind and got the sweep."
The Braves overcame late deficits in all three games, outscoring the Dodgers 13-2 from the sixth inning on.
"We've been slow out of the gate as an offense (over the last three games), and (the pitching staff has) been able to keep us in the ballgame and...