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                    === Byrd, Davis help Mets top Braves ===
 
 Flushing,  NY  (Sports Network) -  Marlon Byrd hit a  two-run home run and Ike
 Davis  had  a home run and  two RBI as the  New York Mets defeated the Atlanta
 Braves, 5-3, in the opener of a two-game series at Citi Field.
 
 New  York starter Zack  Wheeler (6-2) gave up three runs on six hits and three
 walks  over 6  2/3 innings. LaTroy Hawkins  pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his
 fifth save.
 
 "I  felt pretty comfortable  against them. I mean no bash on them, but it's an
 easy  gameplan," Wheeler said. "Dan (Warthen) has a good gameplan going in ...
 and Travis (d'Arnaud) did a nice job calling the game,"
 
 The Mets are 17-16 since the All-Star break.
 
 Andrelton Simmons drove in all three runs for the Braves. Brandon Beachy (2-1)
 registered  his first  loss of  the season,  surrendering four  runs --  three
 earned -- on five hits in six frames.
 
 In  the opening frame, Eric Young reached first on a fielding error by Simmons
 and  later stole  second base. With two  outs, Davis brought Young home with a
 single to right.
 
 The  Mets scored three runs in the sixth. Young and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-
 back  singles  to start the  inning before  executing a double steal. McCann's
 throw  to second was off the mark, allowing Young to score.
 
 Byrd then hammered a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left to give them a 4-0 lead.
 
 "It  might have been  a strike, but I don't think it was up. I didn't hang it,
 it  was a decent  pitch," said Beachy. "Maybe I should have thrown it the dirt
 but he hit it, he hit it hard, and that's what happens."
 
 However,  the  Braves responded in the  seventh. Wheeler retired the first two
 batters  before allowing a double to Paul Janish and walking pinch-hitter Joey
 Terdoslavich and Jason Heyward. With the bases loaded, Carlos Torres came into
 the game in relief, but he gave up a bases-clearing double to Simmons.
 
 Davis' leadoff homer in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Mets lead the season series 8-7 ... Young has 28 stolen bases this season,
 the  fifth most  in the National League  ... Murphy is on a seven-game hitting
 streak  ... B.J. Upton  came out in the ninth and struck out. He is hitless in
 his  last 20  at-bats ... Atlanta's Alex  Wood is scheduled to face New York's
 Jonathon Niese in Wednesday's series finale.
 
 
 08/21 01:46:08 ET

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