National League Game Summary - New York at Atlanta|
(Sunday, July 15th)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ben Sheets threw six shutout innings in his
return to a major league mound, and the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game
sweep of the New York Mets with a 6-1 victory on Sunday at Turner Field.
Sheets (1-0), who made his first big-league start since July 19, 2010 with the
Oakland A's, allowed just two hits and struck out five while walking one to
collect the win. Anthony Varvaro, who got the win on Saturday, tossed a
scoreless ninth inning to close it out for Atlanta, which extended its winning
streak to seven games.
Freddie Freeman cracked a three-run home run, while Jason Heyward, Martin
Prado and Michael Bourn added an RBI apiece in the victory.
"He looked good today," Bourn said of Sheets' effort. "I know he had to be on
a limit because it was only his first start. He threw the ball well. He gave
us a chance and kept them off balance pretty good."
Andres Torres knocked in New York's lone run with a single and Johan Santana
(6-6) took the loss after being tagged for six runs on eight hits and two
walks over five innings. He struck out three in the loss, the Mets' fourth
After being completely shut down by Santana through four innings, the Braves
finally broke through in the fifth in a big way.
Matt Diaz started the inning with a ringing double to center and Paul Janish
drew a walk on a borderline 3-2 pitch. Santana got Sheets to foul out but left
a pitch up to Bourn, who sliced it just fair down the line in left to score
Prado lifted a sacrifice fly to right, which allowed Janish to hustle home and
Heyward followed with a base hit to right to bring home Bourn for a 3-0 lead.
Chipper Jones wrapped one back up the middle and Freeman capped the big inning
when he turned on a high changeup from Santana and launched it about
six rows deep in right field, giving the Braves a comfortable 6-0 cushion.
"We felt we threw good pitches, we didn't get the call," Santana said. "It's
tough when we have a game like this, that one pitch can be the difference, but
I didn't question anything, I was doing my job. It's too bad that a couple of
pitches changed the whole game."
Scott Hairston roped a one-out double in the New York seventh and came around
to score on a single to left by Torres, cutting the deficit to 6-1.
Sheets was signed to a minor league contract by the Braves on July 1. The
right-hander made a pair of starts for Double-A Mississippi and went 0-1 with
a 5.06 ERA. He is 91-92 over nine years with Milwaukee and Oakland and 5-2 in
nine starts against the Mets...Janish made his first start at shortstop for
Atlanta since being acquired in a trade from the Cincinnati Reds on
Saturday...The win marked the Braves' first sweep of the Mets since September
17-19, 2010 at Citi Field, and their first sweep at home since September
15-17, 2009...Mets' third baseman David Wright's first-inning walk was his
586th walk, passing Otis Nixon on the all-time list...Mets pitching coach Dan
Warthen was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
07/15 17:20:53 ET