Box Score Bits: Berkman, Branyan return 

April, 21, 2010
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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.

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