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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.

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.

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.

08/20 22:39:13 ET