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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 157 - Mets at Braves - Duda, Niese Pair for Mets Win 3-1

Turner Field (Atlanta, Ga.)
N.Y. Mets (73-84) «000000300360
Atlanta (91-66)000100000140

W: J. Niese (13-9) L: T. Hudson (16-7)
S: B. Parnell (6)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (15)   ATL - F. Freeman (23)

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and Jon Niese pitched seven strong innings, as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, spoiling the first of Chipper Jones' final three regular-season home games.

Jones, who is retiring at the end of the season, was honored with a pre-game ceremony in front of the seventh largest crowd in the history of Turner Field, but the 18-year veteran finished 0-for-4 on the night.

"I'm glad it's over, it's been a lot of attention," said Jones. "I was an emotional wreck all night. It was tough to stay focused with the tributes in between innings from ex-teammates and teammates and everything like that. It was too overwhelming, I was a little too emotional to be able to go out there and play effectively tonight."

Niese (13-9) was dominant for New York, which has won seven of its last eight games. He made just one mistake, giving up a homer to Freddie Freeman in fourth. He struck out three and didn't allow a hit over his final three innings.

Duda provided the Mets' only offense with his blast in the seventh off Tim Hudson (16-7), who allowed five hits while striking out four over seven frames.

Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

Daniel Murphy doubled to lead off the seventh and advanced to third on David Wright's fly out. Hudson then intentionally walked Ike Davis before Duda smacked a two-out, three-run shot over the right-field fence on the ninth pitch of his at-bat.

"It's just one of those games with the crowd like that, you could get a lot of energy. It's not very hard to find the energy in a game like tonight," said Niese. "A lot of guys made some great plays behind me. Lucas had a great hit, just fortunate to get the win."

Jones denied the Mets from pouring it on in the eighth when he turned a double play with the bases loaded. With one-out, Wright hit a chopper to Jones, who stepped on the bag at third and threw out Wright at first to end the inning.

The Braves, who lost for just the third time in their last 13 games, put just one runner in scoring position on Jones' honorary night.

Game Notes

The Braves, who have already clinched a playoff berth, trail the Washington Nationals by four games with five left to play for the NL East lead ... New York's Ruben Tejada extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... Parnell has given up just one earned run over his last 12 innings. ... Atlanta lost to New York for just second time in 10 tries since the All-Star break.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS401010001.295
Daniel Murphy 2B311010011.294
David Wright 3B400000001.306
Ike Davis 1B311000011.225
Scott Hairston CF-LF400000001.260
  Jason Bay LF000000000.155
Lucas Duda LF312300100.244
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Justin Hampson P000000000.000
  Fred Lewis PH100000000.158
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Mike Baxter RF301000000.257
Josh Thole C300000000.237
Jon Niese P100000000.218
  Jordany Valdespin PH000000010.241
  Andres Torres CF000000000.226
Reed Johnson CF400000000.287
Martin Prado LF300000011.304
Jason Heyward RF401000002.269
Chipper Jones 3B400000000.289
Freddie Freeman 1B411100101.265
Dan Uggla 2B201000020.218
David Ross C400000002.254
Andrelton Simmons SS301000000.287
Tim Hudson P200000000.218
  Tyler Pastornicky PH100000000.242
  Cristhian Martinez P000000000.000
  Cory Gearrin P000000000.000

LOB_NY Mets 3, Atlanta 6. 2B_R.Tejada, D.Murphy. HR_L.Duda (15) off T.Hudson, F.Freeman (23) off J.Niese. S_J.Niese. CS_M.Baxter. GIDP_D.Wright, L.Duda. DP_Atlanta 2 (A.Simmons and F.Freeman), (C.Jones and F.Freeman).

Jon Niese (W 13-9)7.0411331112-713.40
Manny Acosta (H 2)0.10000103-36.75
Justin Hampson (H 1)0.200001012-92.08
Bobby Parnell (S 6)1.00000108-62.60
Tim Hudson (L 16-7)7.053314186-553.62
Cristhian Martinez0.110020015-33.96
Cory Gearrin1.200001010-81.47

IBB_off T.Hudson (I.Davis), off C.Martinez (D.Murphy).
T_2:31. A_51910.
Umpires_Home,Kerwin Danley; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Dana DeMuth; Third, Doug Eddings.

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