(Sports Network) - Lefty Paul Maholm tries to make it two straight strongstarts to begin the season when the Atlanta Braves visit Miami on Monday tobegin a three-game series with the Marlins' home opener.
Maholm, who joined Atlanta from the Chicago Cubs last season, opened 2013 with5 2/3 scoreless innings of six-hit ball with six strikeouts in a 9-2 win overPhiladelphia on April 3.
The 30-year-old was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003 andpitched with the Pirates through 2011. He joined the Cubs to start 2012 andwas 9-6 in 21 games for them last year before going 4-5 in 11 starts with theBraves.
Maholm had two wins and a no-decision in three starts against Miami in 2012while allowing just three runs on 14 hits in 21 1/3 innings.
He opposes Texas-born right-hander Kevin Slowey, who debuted with a tough-luck3-0 loss at Washington after allowing four hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings.
Slowey was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2005 and was with theteam through 2011 before being traded to the Colorado Rockies in December2011. He was then dealt by Colorado to Cleveland a month later and made eightstarts in the minors, going 3-3 with a 5.14 earned run average at Triple-AColumbus.
He signed with the Marlins as a free agent on Jan. 15.
Slowey is 1-1 in two career starts against the Braves with a 5.91 ERA in 102/3 innings of work.
On Sunday in Atlanta, Ramiro Pena hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixthinning and Tim Hudson fired 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Braves' 5-1win over the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game set.
Hudson (1-0) fanned seven and surrendered just three hits and two walks forAtlanta, which swept the series.
Dan Uggla smacked a solo homer and scored twice in the triumph.
"A lot of good things happened on the homestand, great pitching again," Ugglasaid.
In New York, Marlon Byrd's two-run single in the ninth inning gave the Mets a4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Marlins in a rubber match.
Steve Cishek (0-1) was on the mound in the ninth and got the first out, butthen nicked Ruben Tejada with a pitch. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then dropped a singleinto left field that saw Tejada move to third and Nieuwenhuis take second onJuan Pierre's throw to third.
With the infield in, Byrd ripped a pitch down the third base line and past adiving Chris Valaika, scoring both runners for the victory.
Jose Fernandez, who won't turn 21 until July 31, became the youngest Marlin toever start a game. He gave up just one run on three hits with a walk and eightstrikeouts over five innings, and was in line for the win until the ninth-inning collapse.
Donovan Solano went 3-for-5 with an RBI while Justin Ruggiano and Valaika eachadded two hits and an RBI for the Marlins, who came into this season havingbeen swept by Washington.
The Braves won 14 of 18 games between the teams in 2012, including seven ofnine in Miami.