National League Game Summary - Atlanta at New York|
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: New York 4, Atlanta 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Lucas Duda recorded his first career multi-
home run game and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, at Citi
David Wright also homered as part of a three-hit performance for the Mets, who
are off to their first 2-0 start since 2009.
A two-run blast by Martin Prado was among the five hits given up by New York
starter R.A. Dickey (1-0) over his six innings of work.
"I'm hoping this is going to be the norm for us," Dickey said.
Jair Jurrjens (0-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and walked three in 4 1/3
innings for Atlanta, which was shut out by the Mets in Thursday's season-
"We just can't string anything together [offensively]," said Braves manager
The Braves were in a prime position to get on the board in the first inning.
Michael Bourn doubled to lead off the game and a Prado groundout advanced him
to third. Bourn, though, was tagged out trying to score on a pitch that got
away from New York catcher Josh Thole.
Wright knocked in the game's lone run Thursday and opened the scoring in the
bottom of the first with a solo home run to right-center.
A smash by Duda put New York up 2-0 in the fourth, and the Mets were looking
for more runs later in the frame but left the bases loaded.
Atlanta tied the game in the next frame when Bourn drew a two-out walk and
Prado followed with a drive just inside the left-field foul pole.
The Mets moved ahead in the bottom of the fifth on Thole's two-out single that
bounced in front of Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward and scored Ike Davis.
Duda went deep off Chad Durbin to give New York a two-run lead in the seventh.
Despite allowing a pair of ninth-inning singles, Frank Francisco earned his
second save in as many games.
Wright has 727 career RBI, six shy of Darryl Strawberry's franchise
record...New York center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-4 in his major
league debut. The Mets called up Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Buffalo after
outfielder Andres Torres landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained
left calf suffered on Thursday...Before the game, the Mets made it official
and signed pitcher Jonathon Niese to a five-year contract with club options
for 2017 and 2018...Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones took swings Friday
afternoon against live pitching for the first time since undergoing surgery on
March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
04/07 18:24:00 ET