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ATL@NYM: Capuano fans 13 in a two-hit shutout

The Mets' four-game winning streak was halted on Tuesday in a 6-0 defeat, as was their run of lockdown pitching following a five-run, seventh-inning burst by the Marlins. On Wednesday, the Mets will turn to the pitcher who originally jumpstarted the winning streak in Chris Capuano. The left-hander sparked the Mets' streak when he tossed a two-hit shutout with a career-high 13 strikeouts on Friday.

Capuano has buoyed the staff over the last two months, pitching at least six innings in eight of his last 10 outings. However, his shutout came with a price tag in the amount of 122 pitches thrown. For a pitcher that has twice undergone Tommy John surgery, the question is whether Capuano will have much left in the tank.

However, Mets manager Terry Collins was told by Capuano that he feels no effects from his last start. Instead, Collins pointed to the left-hander as an example for his staff's recent surge.

"It's consistent strikes. We haven't walked very many guys ... that's what our guys have been doing," Collins said. "You look at the outings from Cappy and Dillon [Gee] and [Mike Pelfrey] ... they're pounding the strike zone. The minute you shy away from the strike zone is when you really run into problems."

Unlike Capuano and his heavy workload, Marlins starter Chris Volstad accrued extra rest since his last start. Wednesday marks a week since the right-hander last took the mound in a six-inning, three-run effort.

"[The extra rest] ... it's all right. It's kind of weird having all these extra days," Volstad said. "It's wasn't one day off, it was two days. And travel was kind of weird. That's the way it goes. Baseball players are pretty good at adapting."

Volstad threw his regularly scheduled bullpen session on Friday before tossing another side session on Monday in New York.

"So I threw off the mound twice," Volstad added. "[Monday] was a light one. It wasn't very long. It was the get-the-feel-type thing."

Volstad, who also spent some time in Triple-A this season, is in search of his first victory since July 10. He is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six career starts against the Mets, including a no-decision he earned on July 22 when he allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings.

Marlins: Stanton avoiding sophomore slump
Mike Stanton has shown no signs of slowing down in his second big league season, demonstrating consistency in both average and power throughout the season. Stanton, who is hitting .290 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in August, reached 30 home runs on Aug. 21, which tied him with Jimmie Foxx for the sixth-most home runs before Sept. 1 by a player 22 years old or younger. Stanton, who hit his 31st home run of the season Tuesday, has also picked up his production against the Mets. The outfielder is hitting .342 (13-for-38) with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 11 games.

Mets: Youth infusion
• Injuries and roster moves have afford the Mets the chance to see their young players in action. Notably, Lucas Duda is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with nine RBIs over his last nine games, and he is hitting .328 (42-for-128) with 26 RBIs since the All-Star break.

• Ruben Tejada is hitting .364 (24-for-66) with seven doubles and five RBIs since returning from Triple-A Buffalo on Aug. 8. However, his playing figures to decrease with Jose Reyes back in the lineup.

• Nick Evans has chipped in over the last week by hitting .435 (10-for-23) with one home run, five RBIs, three doubles and one triple in his last six games.

Worth noting
• Angel Pagan is hitting .330 (34-for-103) with three home runs, nine RBIs and 15 runs scored in August.

• Reyes went 1-for-4 and stole his 35th base this season in his second game back since suffering a hamstring injury on Aug. 7.

• Gaby Sanchez's home run in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader was his first since July 23.

• Logan Morrison batted cleanup on Tuesday night, marking the third time this year he has hit fourth. Comments