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Mets hope to break the brooms out in Minnesota

Right-hander Dillon Gee will try to follow the mound example set by teammate Matt Harvey on Sunday when the New York Mets head back to Target Field to close out a weekend interleague series with the Minnesota Twins.

The Mets put themselves into position to sweep the set on Saturday, as Harvey tossed eight strong innings of two-hit ball and Marlon Byrd hit a solo homer during a four-run fifth inning in a 4-2 win.

Harvey (3-0) didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and wound up allowing one run, striking out six and walking two for the Mets, who have won five of their last seven.

The 24-year-old righty threw 107 pitches and had five 1-2-3 innings. He has allowed just two earned runs and six hits over 22 innings through his first three starts this season.

Daniel Murphy had two hits and an RBI, David Wright supplied one hit and drove in a run and Justin Turner went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the victory.

Justin Morneau hit a solo home run in the seventh to give the Twins their first hit and run. Minnesota, which has dropped five straight, saw starter Scott Diamond (0-1) give up four runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in his first start of the year after recovering from elbow surgery.

Gee, who won 13 times in 30 appearances with the Mets two years ago, skidded to just six wins in 17 starts in 2012 and has opened 2013 with a pair of losses to National League foes.

He pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed just a run in a tough luck 2-1 loss against San Diego on April 4, then was rocked for 10 hits and seven runs while retiring only nine batters in an 8-3 loss at Philadelphia five days later.

Gee returns to the road against the Twins with a chance to improve on an 11-7 career mark away from home. He has never faced the Twins.

Opposing him will be veteran righty Kevin Correia, who meets the Mets for the 14th time in his 293rd big-league appearance.

Now 32, Correia was 12-11 for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season before signing a two-year free agent deal in the offseason worth $10 million.

He's allowed 15 hits and five runs in 14 1/3 innings in two starts with the Twins this month, getting a no-decision in the team's defeat of Detroit and dropping a road game at Kansas City.

Against the Mets, Correia is 2-5 with a hold and a 4.01 earned run average in 51 2/3 innings, in which he's walked 11, struck out 34 and allowed a .268 batting average - four points lower than his career .272 mark.

The Mets won two of three games the last time the teams played in 2010. The Twins lead the all-time series, 7-5.