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Jose Reyes is on a tear, and the New York Mets would like to

take advantage of that a bit more frequently.

Success against Tim Hudson has been much harder for them to come

by lately.

Reyes looks to continue his hot hitting when the Mets attempt to

conclude a 10-game homestand at .500 as they face Hudson and the

Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

Reyes leads New York (26-31) with a .335 average while his 10

triples are the most in the majors and his 19 steals rank among the

leaders.

He’s been particularly good at the plate recently, hitting .462

with four triples, 11 runs and five RBIs in nine games, but the

Mets have won just four of them.

New York capitalized on Reyes’ three-run triple Saturday,

beating Atlanta 5-0 after losing Friday’s opener of this three-game

set 6-3 partly due to a costly error from the All-Star

shortstop.

“He’s an amazing player,” said Jason Pridie, whose pinch-hit,

RBI single started a five-run seventh Saturday. “We’ve had a tough

little run in this homestand, so it was great to tack on a few

runs.”

The Mets are 4-5 on this homestand, and not ending it with a

losing record would appear to be a tall task considering they have

to face Hudson (4-4, 3.75 ERA).

The right-hander has won five of his last six starts against the

Mets with a 2.20 ERA, including victories in all three outings at

Citi Field while compiling a 1.80 ERA.

He’s held Reyes to a .267 average in 60 at-bats.

Hudson, though, is winless since tossing a one-hitter in an 8-0

victory over Milwaukee on May 4. He’s 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA over his

last four games but has been backed by just five total runs.

The right-hander was impressive Monday, allowing two runs – one

earned – with seven strikeouts in six innings of a 3-2 loss in 10

to San Diego after missing his previous turn in the rotation with a

back injury.

“Our goal is not to give up any runs, whether we’re scoring a

lot of runs or we’re not,” Hudson told the team’s official

website.

Like Hudson, R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.39) has been dealing with a

lack of support and a recent injury. He’s received three runs or

fewer in nine of his 11 starts.

The knuckleballer was the hard-luck loser while pitching through

a torn plantar fascia during Tuesday’s 5-1 defeat to Pittsburgh. He

fanned a career-high 10 and carried a two-hit shutout into the

eighth before allowing three runs and exiting with two outs.

Dickey is 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA in three starts against the

Braves, losing both at home. His most recent meeting with Atlanta

came in a scoreless inning of relief during a 3-2 road win April

17.

He’s not expected to contend with Chipper Jones, who is 8 for 20

with three homers and five RBIs over his last six meetings with the

Mets. The third baseman is scheduled to be rested for the series

finale with Martin Prado replacing him from left field.

Prado has come up empty in eight at-bats versus Dickey, but he

has five hits with three doubles and a solo homer over the last

three games.

The Braves (32-27) are 13-7 at Citi Field.