Final Score: Atlanta 2, New York 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward and Martin Prado each drove in a
run and the Braves pitching staff blanked the New York Mets, 2-0, to win the
second edition of a three-game set.
Mike Minor (11-10) was nearly untouchable for the playoff-bound Braves,
who trail the NL East-leading Washington Nationals by four games with four
left to play.
He gave up just three hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out four.
Minor won for the fourth time this month and has given up just three runs
over his last five starts. He's won five straight decisions.
"His velocity has been up and has been pounding the zone," said Braves second
baseman Dan Uggla. "He's throwing all three pitches for strikes and hitting
the corners. He's not just working in the middle of the plate, he's getting
ahead of hitters. He's really turned the corner."
After putting two runners on in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel struck out pinch-
hitter Ike Davis and Lucas Duda to earn his 41st save of the season.
Chris Young (4-9) was once again charged with the loss despite tossing his
fourth straight quality start. He pitched six strong innings, but gave up two
runs on seven hits. He struck out six.
"Ultimately, it's about team wins and losses," said Young. "All in all, there
were some really good things. It was a great year to bounce back, it's the
most I've pitched since 2008. There were a lot of positives."
Chipper Jones, who is playing his final regular season games at Turner Field,
once again went 0-for-4.
Prado finished 2-for-4 and scored a run in the first and drove in the Braves'
second run in the fifth.
In the first, Prado ripped a one-out double to right, advanced to third on a
wild pitch by Young and scurried home on Heyward's groundout to short.
After Andrelton Simmons singled to leadoff the fifth, Minor sacrificed him
over and Prado drove another double, this one to left field, to score Simmons
The Mets managed just five hits all game, but had their best chance to score
in the ninth inning.
Ruben Tejada reached on a fielding error by Uggla to leadoff the ninth.
After Kimbrel got pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy to fly out, he hit David Wright
with a pitch, bringing Davis to the plate. However, Kimbrel was able to fan
Davis and Duda struck out looking to end the game.
Tejada had his 10-game hitting streak snapped ... The Mets lost for just the
second time in their last nine games ... Prado becomes the 10th player in
franchise history to accomplish 60 multi-hit games in a season.
09/29 22:58:04 ET
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