(Sports Network) - Right-hander Ben Sheets meets the New York Mets for thesecond time in his 2012 comeback tonight when the Atlanta Braves go for asweep in the finale of their three-game series at Citi Field.
Now 34 years old, Sheets was a 13-game winner for the Milwaukee Brewers in2008 before injuries kept him out of the majors for all of 2009 and limitedhim to 20 starts with the Oakland Athletics in 2010.
He didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2011 either, and only returned to thebig leagues on July 15 when he tossed six innings of scoreless two-hit ball ina 6-1 defeat of the Mets at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Sheets won subsequent starts against Washington and Philadelphia whileallowing a single run in 12 innings, before dropping a 4-2 verdict to Miamifor his first loss since July 19, 2010.
One start since has resulted in one more win, which came in a 6-1 decisionafter he went a season-high 7 1/3 innings and allowed a run and seven hits atPhiladelphia.
In the four wins, he's allowed just two runs in 25 1/3 innings.
Sheets is 5-2 in nine career starts against the Mets.
In Saturday's second game, Freddie Freeman clubbed a three-run home run aspart of a seven-run second inning and knocked in five runs overall to help theBraves take a 9-3 victory.
Kris Medlen (3-1) allowed just one run on five hits and one walk whilestriking out seven over 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory.
Medlen helped his own cause with an RBI single and a run scored, while MichaelBourn registered three hits, two runs scored and an RBI as the Braves wontheir third straight game for the fifth time in their last six tries.
Andres Torres, Ruben Tejada and David Wright each plated a run for the Mets,who dropped their seventh straight meeting with Atlanta.
Johan Santana (6-8) was shelled for eight runs on eight hits and a walk over 11/3 innings in his first start since July 20 after landing on the disabledlist with a sprained right ankle.
"It's just one of those nights where I didn't execute pitches the way they'resupposed to be executed," Santana said. "But overall I felt fine. I didn'tfeel anything in my ankle or my shoulder. I felt good."
New York ends the series with lefty Jonathon Niese, who faces the Braves forthe 10th time in his 88th major-league appearance.
The 25-year-old Ohio native is 4-2 with a 3.66 earned run average in theprevious nine starts against Atlanta, including a 7-5 in his first start ofthe 2012 season on April 8 in New York.
In that win, he allowed three runs on two hits - with seven strikeouts - insix innings.
The former seventh-round draft choice has split two starts in August,defeating San Francisco with seven innings of one-run ball on Aug. 1 andlosing to Miami after allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings.
He's 4-3 in 11 home starts this season.
The Mets took their first four games against the Braves this season beforelosing six straight in which the Braves have outscored New York, 48-22.