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Atlanta (63-57) «08102300115180
N.Y. Mets (56-64)0010100002101

Braves score eight runs in second inning, decimate Mets

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NEW YORK -- There were a few well-placed grounders and a couple of liners as the hits piled up in a big eight-run inning. Only this time it was the Atlanta Braves at the plate.

Brian McCann hit a three-run homer and the Braves took advantage of another gaffe by Luis Castillo to put together their second-biggest inning of the season in a 15-2 victory over the sluggish New York Mets on Wednesday.

The Braves' eight-run second came one night after they lost the series opener when New York had a season-high eight runs and a franchise-record 10 hits in the fourth inning of a 9-4 win.

"I've never seen anything like that you know one time and then back-to-back nights so it's pretty ironic," said Matt Diaz, who homered and drove in four runs. "It wasn't anything like payback, 'Oooh, we'll get them.' But last night was tough. It could have crushed us but I was very proud the way we bounced back and put it right back on them tonight."

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McCann's long drive to right-center off Bobby Parnell was the highlight of Atlanta's highest scoring inning since it had nine runs in the fourth against Colorado on May 20. It also was the last of the Braves' season-high seven hits in the frame.

Five runs scored after Castillo failed to cover second on Garret Anderson's two-out grounder to shortstop Anderson Hernandez with runners on the corners.

"When Garret Anderson hit the ball, Anderson [Hernandez] kind of thought Luis would be covering," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "They've got to communicate before the play."

Omar Infante had three hits and three RBI for Atlanta, which had a season-high 18 hits in its highest scoring game of the year. Adam LaRoche went deep for the third straight day and sixth time since joining the Braves in a trade with Boston on July 31.

"Rochey's hot," manager Bobby Cox said. "He's really swinging the bat well."

Jair Jurrjens (10-8) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings to earn his first win since July 22 against San Francisco. The right-hander also improved to 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.

Castillo collected two more hits for New York and is batting .391 (45 for 115) since July 5, but is likely headed for more scrutiny after his latest mental lapse. The normally sure-handed second baseman cost the Mets a win when he dropped a ninth-inning popup in a 9-8 loss at the Yankees on June 12, allowing two runs to score.

This time he barely budged on Anderson's bouncer to Hernandez, who looked to second before making a late throw to first. The Citi Field crowd booed lustily as Diaz scampered home on Anderson's infield hit to give Atlanta a 4-0 lead.

Castillo, a three-time Gold Glove winner from 2003-05 with Florida, was replaced before Atlanta batted in the fourth and left the clubhouse quickly after the game. Manuel said he wasn't removed because of the second-inning play, which the manager chalked up to a lack of communication with the pull-hitter Anderson at the plate.

"Luis has been playing extremely well," Manuel said. "I wanted to give him a little break. He has a banged-up ankle."

Parnell fell apart after the misplayed grounder, walking Chipper Jones and uncorking a run-scoring wild pitch before McCann connected on a full-count offering for his 14th homer. LaRoche, the 11th batter of the inning, followed with a popup to Castillo for the final out, leading to sarcastic cheers.

"My game plan is to make them hit the ball," Parnell said. "Ground balls got through."

Atlanta and New York became the first teams to exchange innings of eight or more runs on consecutive days of the same series since the Indians and Yankees did it on July 4-5, 2006, according to STATS LLC.

"It was basically the same thing, just a long inning," McCann said. "Anytime you have a long inning like that, like I said, there's got to be some luck involved."

Parnell (3-5) allowed nine runs and nine hits over three innings in his third major league start.

LaRoche and Diaz connected against Tim Redding in Atlanta's three-run sixth and Reid Gorecki, a Queens native, picked up his first major league hit and RBI in the ninth.

"Got an RBI, got my knock and I'm feeling pretty good," a grinning Gorecki said.

Notes

  • LaRoche's drive was the 100th homer in 61 games at Citi Field. The new Yankee Stadium reached 100 homers in 28 games, back on June 7.
  • Manuel said he thinks LHP Oliver Perez (right knee tenderness) will be able to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Philadelphia.
  • Cox got a tour of the new Yankee Stadium before the game against the Mets.
  • Braves RHP Tim Hudson, recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery, is scheduled to make his sixth rehab start Sunday against injured White Sox RHP Jake Peavy and Charlotte. "It'll be fun," Hudson said.
 
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Adam LaRoche, who goes yard in the sixth, helps the Braves have their way against Tim Redding's Mets.  (AP)
Adam LaRoche, who goes yard in the sixth, helps the Braves have their way against Tim Redding's Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

J. Jurrjens
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, 2B-3B6133000 .333
Garret Anderson, LF4111004 .285
    Reid Gorecki, LF2011000 .500
Chipper Jones, 3B3100112 .290
    Kelly Johnson, 2B2000000 .221
Brian McCann, C4223000 .286
    David Ross, C2000012 .269
Adam LaRoche, 1B5231000 .267
Yunel Escobar, SS5330001 .302
Matt Diaz, RF4324001 .298
Ryan Church, CF5231012 .275
Jair Jurrjens, P2000102 .140
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   a- Kris Medlen, PH1000011 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals4515181424  
a-struck out for Logan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (5, Parnell), Ryan Church 2 (24, Figueroa, Green)
HR - Brian McCann (14, Parnell), Adam LaRoche (19, Redding), Matt Diaz (9, Redding)
SH - Jair Jurrjens (5)
RBI - Omar Infante 3 (15), Garret Anderson (47), Reid Gorecki (1), Brian McCann 3 (61), Adam LaRoche (55), Matt Diaz 4 (39), Ryan Church (37)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante 2 (7), Garret Anderson (19), Brian McCann 3 (37)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,10-8) 6822140 2.99
Manny Acosta 1000010 3.73
Boone Logan 1200000 4.50
Rafael Soriano 1000120 2.50
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 96-60, Manny Acosta 10-8, Boone Logan 14-10, Rafael Soriano 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-6, Manny Acosta 1-1, Boone Logan 3-0, Rafael Soriano 1-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Manny Acosta 3, Boone Logan 5, Rafael Soriano 4
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4011121 .283
Luis Castillo, 2B2021000 .310
    Nelson Figueroa, P0000000 .333
   a- Andy Green, PH-2B^3B2010001 .333
Gary Sheffield, LF3000013 .286
    Tim Redding, P0000000 .071
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH-LF1000001 .274
Daniel Murphy, 1B4020000 .254
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000021 .265
    Jeremy Reed, RF1000002 .256
Fernando Tatis, 3B4010013 .248
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
Omir Santos, C3010102 .261
Anderson Hernandez, SS-2B^SS^2B4000002 .251
Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .333
   c- Wilson Valdez, PH-SS^LF^SS4220011 .250
Totals35210227  
a-fouled out for Figueroa in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Redding in the 8th
c-singled for Parnell in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (9, Jurrjens), Daniel Murphy (21, Logan)
3B - Daniel Murphy (2, Jurrjens)
RBI - Angel Pagan (22), Luis Castillo (33)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Castillo (19)
CS - Luis Castillo (5, 2nd base by Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Andy Green (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Bobby Parnell (L,3-5) 3999211 4.74
Nelson Figueroa 2322000 6.48
Tim Redding 3433012 6.53
Sean Green 1211020 5.13
HBP - Diaz (by Nelson Figueroa)
WP - Bobby Parnell (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Bobby Parnell 71-40, Nelson Figueroa 34-22, Tim Redding 45-29, Sean Green 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bobby Parnell 4-4, Nelson Figueroa 5-1, Tim Redding 3-5, Sean Green 2-0
Batters Faced - Bobby Parnell 20, Nelson Figueroa 10, Tim Redding 13, Sean Green 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38602
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Joe West