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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Recap: Game 158 - Mets at Braves - Mets Get Blanked 2-0

Turner Field (Atlanta, Ga.)
N.Y. Mets (73-85)000000000050
Atlanta (92-66) «10001000x281
W: M. Minor (11-10) L: C. Young (4-9)
S: C. Kimbrel (41)
HR: NYM - None   ATL - None

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 from second.

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.

Game Notes

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.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS400000000.292
Andres Torres CF301000001.227
  Daniel Murphy PH100000000.293
David Wright 3B301010001.306
Scott Hairston RF301000001.260
  Ike Davis PH100000001.224
Lucas Duda 1B400000002.241
Jason Bay LF301000000.158
Ronny Cedeno 2B300000000.262
Mike Nickeas C200000001.174
  Kelly Shoppach PH-C101000000.217
Chris Young P200000000.129
  Elvin Ramirez P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.273
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
Jose Constanza CF401000002.243
  Jonny Venters P000000000.000
  Craig Kimbrel P000000000.000
Martin Prado LF412120001.305
Jason Heyward RF400100000.267
Chipper Jones 3B400000000.286
Freddie Freeman 1B400000003.263
Dan Uggla 2B302000000.221
Brian McCann C201000010.229
Andrelton Simmons SS312000000.294
Mike Minor P100000001.073
  Chad Durbin P000000000.000
  Luis Avilan P000000000.333
  Eric Hinske PH100000001.194
  Reed Johnson CF000000000.287

E_D.Uggla. LOB_NY Mets 5, Atlanta 6. 2B_D.Wright, M.Prado 2. S_M.Minor. CS_J.Constanza. GIDP_J.Bay, R.Cedeno. DP_Atlanta 2 (A.Simmons, D.Uggla and F.Freeman 2).

Chris Young (L 4-9)6.0722160104-724.15
Elvin Ramirez1.010001012-95.95
Ramon Ramirez1.000001014-94.16
Mike Minor (W 11-10)6.130004088-624.12
Chad Durbin (H 15)0.10000003-23.15
Luis Avilan (H 5)0.10000105-32.18
Jonny Venters (H 20)1.02000007-53.28
Craig Kimbrel (S 41)1.000002021-141.03

HBP_by C.Kimbrel (D.Wright).
WP_C.Young 2, C.Kimbrel.
T_2:33. A_48310.
Umpires_Home,Paul Nauert; First, Dana DeMuth; Second, Doug Eddings; Third, Kerwin Danley.

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