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(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 Field.
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- opener.
"We just can't string anything together [offensively]," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
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