Box Score Bits: Berkman, Branyan return 

April, 21, 2010
New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey, the team leader in wins and saves, hurled seven shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 0.86. Pelfrey, who had a 5.03 ERA in 31 starts a year ago, looks like a new pitcher. At 26, this breakout could be real.

• The Atlanta Braves were shut out Tuesday for eight innings by Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick, but hit two ninth-inning home runs and got a Nate McLouth game-winner in the 10th inning. McLouth's first home run could be a turning point; he's hitting .167 but has opportunity to reclaim the team's leadoff spot.

Box Score Bits