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Braves, Mets juggle rotations for finale

ATLANTA -- Not only did heavy rains force the postponement of Saturday's game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, it also altered the pitching matchups for the final game of the series between the two NL East opponents.

Atlanta will start Tim Hudson (3-1), the scheduled starter today, and bypass Julio Teheran, who had been scheduled to start on Saturday. Hudson won his 200th career game in his last start against Washington.

New York will stick with Jonathon Niese (2-2), who was scheduled to start on Saturday.

The Mets will move rookie standout Matt Harvey, who had been scheduled to pitch Sunday, to Tuesday when they return home to play the Chicago White Sox.

Today's game is scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m., weather permitting.

The Braves will be trying to end a three-game losing streak and finish with a .500 home stand before they hit the road for 10 games in three cities. Atlanta is 17-12 and leads the division by 2 games, but has only won five of its last 16 games.

The Mets (12-15) have won two straight and rank as the third-highest scoring team in the league. New York has scored 133 runs.

"We've been in a lot of games," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "We haven't been getting blown out. We're in games. We're hanging in there, trying to make some things happen."

The Braves will be trying to recover from Friday's disappointing 7-5 10-inning loss, which saw reliable relievers Eric O'Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel blow leads in consecutive innings by allowing home runs. It was the first time the dependable duo has both allowed a home run in the same game.

"We had plenty of opportunities," Kimbrel said. "The bullpen couldn't hold it down."

Kimbrel allowed a solo home run to David Wright in the ninth inning, which sent the game into extra innings. It was the 46th home run of Wright's career that has come in the seventh inning or later.

Notes: The rainout is only the 17th postponed game in Turner Field history. Five of those have involved the Mets, more than any other opponent. No makeup date was announced, but the Mets will make two more trips to Atlanta. ... C John Buck's two-run homer on Friday gave him a league-leading 29 RBI. ... Mets RHP Shaun Marcum failed to reach the sixth inning for his second straight start. That had not happened since June 22, 2011, a stretch of 39 starts.