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New York at Atlanta

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N.Y. Mets (42-47)000000000020
Atlanta (45-45) «30304010x11140

Braves drill Mets with 11 runs in two-hit shutout

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ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens celebrated Greg Maddux's big day with a Maddux-like pitching effort.

Jurrjens combined with three relievers on a two-hitter, Brian McCann drove in four runs in the first three innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 11-0 on Friday.

Jurrjens (8-7) gave up both hits and two walks in six innings after the Braves retired the No. 31 worn by Maddux. Boone Logan, Luis Valdez and Kris Medlen each pitched an inning after Jurrjens left.

  Braves retire Maddux's No. 31

The Braves inducted Maddux into the team's Hall of Fame at a luncheon earlier Friday. Players and coaches then watched as Maddux became only the sixth Braves player to have his number retired by the team during a pregame ceremony.

"I think it was a special night for everybody in Atlanta," Jurrjens said. "He did a lot of great things for this city and I think everybody wanted to come out with a bang, to make it more special."

The slumping Mets lost Gary Sheffield to a hamstring injury in the fifth inning and were shut out for the sixth time in 22 games since All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran went on the disabled list, going 8-14. The Mets have scored a major league-low 68 runs in that span.

Sheffield pulled up and grabbed the back of his right thigh after catching up to a double hit by Yunel Escobar in the fifth inning. He dropped the ball and leaned over while center fielder Angel Pagan threw the ball back to the infield.

Sheffield declined a ride but walked slowly off the field favoring his right leg.

"When I got ready to throw the ball, that's when I felt it grab," he said.

Manager Jerry Manuel said Sheffield won't start on Saturday but may be available as a pinch hitter.

The Mets already are without outfielders Beltran and Fernando Martinez, first baseman Carlos Delgado, shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher John Maine and relievers J.J. Putz and Billy Wagner due to injuries.

The injuries and losses are beginning to take a toll on the Mets.

"I have to say there is frustration," Manuel said. "To a degree, I am frustrated."

The Mets fell 8½ games back of the NL East-leading Philadelphia, which beat Florida 6-5 in 12 innings. It's New York's largest deficit since it was nine games out after play on Sept. 29, 2005, according to STATS LLC.

Manuel said it's not too late for a turnaround.

"I will say it doesn't outweigh my faith," he said. "I still believe. I still think it can happen."

McCann hit a two-run double in the first and a two-run homer in the third as the Braves led 10-0 after five innings. Martin Prado homered in the third.

McCann finished with three of Atlanta's 14 hits. The Braves set a season high with nine extra-base hits and equaled their season best with seven doubles.

Mike Pelfrey (7-5) gave up nine hits and a career-high nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Pelfrey gave up nine runs, including eight earned, in an 11-6 loss at Pittsburgh on June 4.

Manuel said he didn't see "life" from Pelfrey "until after there were runs on the board, and that concerns me a little bit."

"He's going to have to step it up," Manuel said. "He's the guy we depend on, and we have to have better from him."

Pelfrey's ERA rose from 4.47 to 5.07.

"I felt bad for everybody playing behind me," Pelfrey said. "It's embarrassing."

With their second straight win over the Mets, the Braves (45-45) moved back to .500 for the first time since June 12.

"We've been playing good the last two games," Jurrjens said. "I hope we can keep it going."

Escobar had three hits and three RBI. He drove in McCann with a single in the first and added a two-run double in the fifth.

Ryan Church made his first start against his former team since he was traded to Atlanta for Jeff Francoeur and cash last Friday. The right fielder went 1 for 4 and made a sliding catch on Omir Santos' line drive to end the fifth inning.

Francoeur went 0 for 3 for New York.

The start of the game was pushed back about 15 minutes due to the pregame ceremony for Maddux.

Notes

  • Maddux and his 12-year-old son, Chase, threw out the first pitches.
  • Braves LHP Mike Gonzalez, who was diagnosed with left elbow tendinitis last week, said inflammation has moved to his forearm. He hopes to be able to pitch by Sunday.
  • With his first-inning walk, Atlanta's Chipper Jones has 1,298 for his career, passing Hank Aaron for second place on the franchise list. Eddie Mathews is the leader with 1,376.
  • Attendance was 50,704, a sellout and a season high at Turner Field.
 
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Ryan Church makes a sliding catch in his first game against his ex-team since he was traded to Atlanta. (AP)
Ryan Church makes a sliding catch in his first game against his ex-team since he was traded to Atlanta. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 1
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4000001 .286
Luis Castillo, 2B3000100 .285
David Wright, 3B3010011 .323
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Schneider, PH1000000 .221
Gary Sheffield, LF2010001 .286
    Jeremy Reed, LF2000000 .283
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000002 .250
Daniel Murphy, 1B2000110 .246
Alex Cora, SS2000001 .238
    Tim Redding, P0000000 .083
    Fernando Tatis, 3B1000000 .246
Omir Santos, C2000100 .265
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .133
    Angel Berroa, SS2000001 .125
Totals2802032  
a-grounded out for Green in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Wright (25, Jurrjens), Gary Sheffield (9, Jurrjens)
Team LOB - 4
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,7-5) 4.1999132 5.07
Tim Redding 0.2311020 7.22
Elmer Dessens 2211020 3.00
Sean Green 1000000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 104-65, Tim Redding 21-15, Elmer Dessens 29-18, Sean Green 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 6-4, Elmer Dessens 2-2, Sean Green 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 23, Tim Redding 5, Elmer Dessens 8, Sean Green 3
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5000022 .261
Martin Prado, 2B-3B5221010 .330
Chipper Jones, 3B3320100 .293
    Matt Diaz, LF1000000 .300
Brian McCann, C4334000 .305
    David Ross, C0000000 .278
Garret Anderson, LF4111021 .279
    Luis Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS4233000 .300
Ryan Church, RF4010012 .273
Casey Kotchman, 1B4022000 .280
Jair Jurrjens, P3000012 .175
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH-2B1000001 .344
Totals3811141117  
a-flied out for Logan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (20, Pelfrey), Chipper Jones (16, Pelfrey), Brian McCann (20, Pelfrey), Garret Anderson (15, Pelfrey), Yunel Escobar 2 (19, Redding, Dessens), Casey Kotchman (19, Dessens)
HR - Martin Prado (5, Pelfrey), Brian McCann (9, Pelfrey)
RBI - Martin Prado (19), Brian McCann 4 (41), Garret Anderson (34), Yunel Escobar 3 (48), Casey Kotchman 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (21), Casey Kotchman (16)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Kotchman
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,8-7) 6200210 2.77
Boone Logan 1000010 2.25
Luis Valdez 1000100 5.40
Kris Medlen 1000000 5.67
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 85-53, Boone Logan 12-6, Luis Valdez 11-6, Kris Medlen 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 10-6, Boone Logan 1-1, Luis Valdez 3-0, Kris Medlen 3-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 21, Boone Logan 3, Luis Valdez 4, Kris Medlen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 50704
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Lance Barksdale