National League Game Summary - New York at Atlanta|
(Wednesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Atlanta 14, New York 6
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Juan Francisco, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman
each hit a two-run homer on Wednesday and the Braves pounded the Mets, 14-6,
in the finale of a three-game series.
Atlanta, which was swept by the Mets to begin the season, has won seven of its
last eight games overall, including the final two in this series.
Michael Bourn went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Martin Prado also knocked in a
pair. Jair Jurrjens allowed four runs on seven hits over four-plus innings and
Cristhian Martinez (1-0) earned the win after giving up one run in two
innings of relief.
"It was awesome," Uggla said. "It was really fun to watch. Francisco got us
going with another homer."
David Wright had three RBI, Ike Davis hit a solo home run and Kirk Nieuwenhuis
went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for the Mets, losers of three of their
R.A. Dickey (2-1) took the loss and saw his major league-leading streak of 14
straight quality starts come to an emphatic end. He was charged with eight
runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings.
"I've got to give us a better shot," Dickey said. "We were hitting the ball
great. I wish I would've kept us in the game longer."
The Braves went on top for good in the third. Jurrjens and Bourn led off with
consecutive singles before scoring on Prado's double down the left-field line.
Uggla followed two batters later with a two-run homer for a 6-3 advantage.
Wright scored Nieuwenhuis and chased Jurrjens with an infield single in the
fifth, but Freeman threw Daniel Murphy out at the plate later in the inning
and hit a two-run homer in the bottom half to make it 8-4.
Josh Thole doubled to begin the sixth and later scored on Nieuwenhuis'
single, but Atlanta continued to pull ahead. In the home sixth, Chipper Jones
hit an RBI double with a catchable fly to left fielder Jason Bay and scored on
Bourn's line drive single. The Mets left the bases loaded in the seventh
before Matt Diaz and Bourn slapped two-out RBI singles, making it 12-5.
Nieuwenhuis led off the eighth with a double and Murphy followed with an RBI
single but Jason Heyward tripled a half-inning later and scored on Freeman's
sac fly before David Ross doubled home Francisco to cap the scoring.
Earlier, Davis led off the second inning with a blast over the wall in right-
center field for his third home run of the season to give the Mets an initial
The Braves went in front in the bottom of the inning when Francisco followed
Freeman's one-out double with his second home run of the season and second in
as many games.
The Mets regained the lead when Nieuwenhuis and Murphy each walked with one
out in the third and raced home on a double off the center-field wall by
Wright. Davis then drilled a hard one-hopper off the glove of Freeman at first
and Wright was easily gunned down at home by Uggla, who was backing up the
play. After Bay again walked, Duda was caught looking at a third strike to
keep it a 3-2 game.
Wright is now tied with Darryl Strawberry for the most RBI in team history
(733)...The Braves improved to 6-1 on the season when they score four or more
runs in a game...Heyward extended his hit streak to eight straight
games...Dickey's quality start streak dated back to July 25th of last year. It
was the longest streak in the majors since Jered Weaver had 15 straight
quality starts from May 18-August 5, 2011.
04/18 17:06:52 ET