National League Game Summary - New York at Atlanta
(Sunday, September 30th)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - After being showered with cheers all weekend,
Chipper Jones got one more standing ovation from a sold-out crowd at Turner
Field on Sunday.
At the conclusion of an Atlanta Braves 6-2 victory over the New York Mets,
Jones walked off the field to a booming applause for the final time in the
regular season. The retiring slugger finished 1-for-2, recording his first hit
of the series in the third.
David Ross provided all the necessary offense with a three-run homer for the
Braves, who stayed alive for the NL East crown after the Washington Nationals
lost to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Atlanta trails Washington by three
games with three left to play.
Kris Medlen (10-1) once again dazzled for Atlanta. He tossed six strong
innings of three-hit ball, allowed one unearned run and struck out four to
notch his ninth win in his last 12 starts. The Braves have won in his last 23
starts overall, breaking the record set 49 years ago by New York Yankees'
"I think the best part about it is that my name is in the history books, but
it's a team thing, they are team wins," said Medlen. "Guys go out and battle
for me because they know I'm going to go out and throw strikes and try and
execute my pitches. It's been a fun ride and I don't think we're done."
After Andres Torres drove in a run in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel came in to lock
down his 42nd save of the season.
Coming off his first career win, New York starter Jennry Mejia (1-2) was
unable to duplicate his last outing. He lasted five innings and surrendered
four runs on six hits with two walks. He struck out three in the loss.
Ross' homer in the second plated the first runs of the game. Following a
leadoff walk to Jones and a Freddie Freeman double, Ross ripped a Mejia
fastball into the left field seats to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead.
Ruben Tejada scored a run in the following frame for the Mets on a throwing
error by Freeman, but the Braves got the run back in the fifth when Jason
Heyward stroked an RBI double.
Jones delivered his 2,725th career hit with single up the middle in the bottom
half of the third. The milestone gave Jones the fifth-most career hits for a
switch-hitter and placed him 57th on the all-time hits list, surpassing Robbie
"I grew up watching that guy so you know it is definitely an honor to see
somebody put together that kind of career," said Mets' Daniel Murphy. "I
thought the fans did an unbelievable job, very receptive. Obviously Chipper
has given a lot to them and vice versa."
Jones also flashed the leather in his final home game. He made two diving
stops in the first inning, the first to retire Tejada and the second to save a
run. With runners on first and second, Scott Hairston grounded a ball to the
left side. Jones dove and from his knees threw to second to get the force out
to end the inning.
Then, in the third, he made a bare-handed scoop on a soft grounder from Mejia
and threw out the hustling pitcher by a step.
Atlanta tacked on two more runs in the sixth with an RBI triple from Andrelton
Simmons and a run-scoring single by Michael Bourn.
The Braves are now 27 games over .500 for the first time since the 2004 season
... Atlanta improved to 19-8 in September and will finish its season with a
three-game set in Pittsburgh ... The Mets completed their fourth consecutive
losing month after posting winning records through the first three and will
wrap up the season with three in Miami.
09/30 17:36:05 ET
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