Final Score: Atlanta 7, New York 5
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - David Ross smoked a three-run home run and
finished with four RBI as the Atlanta Braves knocked off the New York Mets,
7-5, in the opener of a three-game series at Turner Field.
Ross picked up another RBI on a bases loaded walk and Chipper Jones clubbed a
solo home run for the Braves, who have won five straight. Dan Uggla and Jason
Heyward also knocked in runs in the victory.
"We haven't played them much this year," Ross said of facing the Mets. "They
never give away at-bats, they're tough outs, they grind at-bats, they're
really a good team. We took advantage of their pitching mistakes. It was nice
that our bullpen came in to pick up Huddy (starter Tim Hudson)."
Cristhian Martinez (4-1) earned the win with an inning of scoreless relief
behind Hudson, who allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks with three
strikeouts over just four-plus innings.
Chris Young (2-3) absorbed the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and
three walks over three full frames.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis ripped a two-run single and David Wright finished with a pair
of hits for the Mets, who have lost three of their last four games.
The Braves struck first with a pair of runs in their first at-bat. Michael
Bourn started the inning with a bang as he led off the frame by ripping a
double off the base of the center field wall and scored on a Heyward single
two batters later. Heyward stole second before Jones and Freddie Freeman
walked to load the bases and Ross drew another free pass to force home Heyward
for the 2-0 lead.
Jones roped a one-out double down the right-field line in the Atlanta third,
and Freeman followed with a solid base hit to left before Ross got a fastball
right down the middle from Young and he hooked it about three rows back in the
left field seats to extend the lead to 5-0.
New York got four runs back in the fourth to cut the deficit to one. Wright
led off the frame with a double and Lucas Duda walked two batters later. Scott
Hairston ripped a run-scoring double and Nieuwenhuis followed with a single to
left which scored Duda and Hairston to make it a 5-3 game. Ruben Tejada came
through with a two-out RBI single through the right side to score Nieuwenhuis,
making it a one-run game.
New York wasted a huge opportunity to take the lead in the fifth. Wright
singled to start the inning and Ike Davis drew a walk, knocking Hudson from
the game. Martinez came out of the bullpen and walked Duda to load the bases
with no outs.
The Braves escaped unscathed though as Martinez fanned Hairston and
Nieuwenhuis before getting Josh Thole to fly out to center, ending the inning.
Jones extended the Atlanta lead to 6-4 in the sixth when he got a hold of a
fastball from Mets reliever Josh Edgin and deposited it a few rows deep in
left-center field. Uggla ripped a run-scoring single back through the box
later in the inning to make it 7-4.
"You definitely have to focus," Edgin said of the tough spot he was in to make
his major league debut. "I had jitters, but you have to get over them. The
team was in a position to win."
Andres Torres ripped a base hit into right in the eighth which scored Ronny
Cedeno to cut the Braves' lead to 7-5.
All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth and fanned Wright, Duda and
Hairston to collect his 26th save of the season.
Prior to Friday's game, the Braves placed catcher Brian McCann on the
paternity list and recalled catcher JC Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett...The
Braves are 11-2 in Friday games this season...New York fell to 20-21 on the
road this year...Jones extended his hitting streak to 14 games and with his
home run, moved to within one RBI of Royals great George Brett for the most
all-time RBI by a third baseman (1,596)...The game was delayed 16 minutes in
the fourth inning due to a power failure...Braves shortstop Jack Wilson left
the game in the fourth and was replaced by Martin Prado.
07/14 00:31:42 ET
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