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Atlanta at New York

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Atlanta (80-70) «44300000011100
N.Y. Mets (65-86)010110000370

Braves 11, Mets 3

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NEW YORK -- Forget all that retirement talk. Chipper Jones is starting to swing the bat again.

Jones homered and drove in four runs to power the Atlanta Braves to an 11-3 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

"The hitting just exploded tonight," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Long balls good to see once in a while when there's a couple guys on base."

  Playoff Race

Worn down by injuries, Jones has talked openly about calling it quits if he struggles again next season. But the switch-hitter has shown some signs of life in his last six games, batting .350 (7 for 20) to help the Braves keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

"It's coming," Jones said. "Right-handed, I feel a lot better. Left-handed is still, as you saw in the last couple at-bats, it's just not there yet. But it's good to contribute the last couple days. Almost makes the game fun again."

Garret Anderson and Matt Diaz also connected for the Braves, who have won nine of 11. They moved within five games of idle Colorado for the NL wild-card lead with 12 games left.

"Mathematically, we're still in it, even though it's going to be tough," right-hander Derek Lowe said. "But as long as we keep winning, put the pressure on everybody else, that's all you can do."

Atlanta opened a six-game trip with its most runs since it set a season high in a 15-2 win at New York on Aug. 19. Martin Prado had three hits, Nate McLouth scored three times and Lowe (15-9) pitched five innings to help the Braves improve to 11-5 against the Mets this season.

Daniel Murphy homered and Luis Castillo had two hits for New York, which has lost seven of nine. Castillo was replaced by Anderson Hernandez with Atlanta leading 11-1 in the fourth and All-Star third baseman David Wright was taken out in the sixth.

Murphy, who doubled and scored in the second, is batting .358 (19 for 53) with three homers and 12 RBI in his last 14 games.

"I like the way Daniel Murphy is swinging the bat," said manager Jerry Manuel, searching for something positive in New York's latest loss. "He's really coming on."

Atlanta jumped all over Pat Misch (1-4), scoring four times in each of the first two innings. Anderson capped the scoring in the first with a two-run drive into the second deck in right and Diaz started the second with a liner into the seats in left-center.

"I really threw bad pitches," Misch said. "Just elevated, too much plate. The last two starts I haven't pitched down low."

Jones drove in the Braves' first run with a groundout and chased Misch with a towering three-run drive to left in the second for his 17th homer and first since Aug. 29, at Philadelphia.

The 37-year-old third baseman has a .324 batting average, 42 homers and 133 RBI in 203 games against New York. It was his first homer at Citi Field after hitting 19 at Shea Stadium, his most at any opponent's ballpark.

"He's starting to come around a little bit and he's starting to feel good," Cox said.

Lowe allowed three runs and six hits, and helped himself at the plate with his sixth career two-hit game. Kenshin Kawakami pitched four innings of one-hit ball for his first career save.

Lowe left his previous start Wednesday against the Mets after two innings because of a blister on his right ring finger. He developed a cut on his right thumb Monday night but said he should be fine for his next start.

"It's always something with me," he said with a grin.

The right-hander reached the 15-win mark for the fourth time in his career and first since he went 16-8 for the Dodgers in 2006.

Notes

Jones on his retirement talk causing a bit of a stir among Mets fans: "They still got one more year of coming out and ragging on me. So New Yorkers can rest assured that they'll have me in an Atlanta Braves uniform for at least one more year." ... Anderson Hernandez hit New York's 46th triple of the season in the fifth inning, one shy of the franchise record set in 1978 and equaled in 1996. ... Atlanta's last four-inning save was recorded by Mark Grant on Oct. 2, 1990, in a 16-7 victory at San Francisco. ... Misch's four-out start was the shortest of his career. His previous low was four innings. ... Manuel wouldn't commit to keeping Misch in the rotation.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5321002 .270
Martin Prado, 2B4232000 .302
   a- Kelly Johnson, PH-2B0000100 .220
Chipper Jones, 3B4114102 .271
Brian McCann, C3000111 .286
    Kenshin Kawakami, P1000000 .100
Yunel Escobar, SS5101011 .299
Garret Anderson, LF4112020 .272
    Reid Gorecki, LF1000010 .208
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000120 .281
Matt Diaz, RF3211101 .321
Derek Lowe, P3120001 .216
    David Ross, C1000000 .266
Totals3711101157  
a-walked for Prado in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (26, Broadway), Martin Prado 2 (32, Misch, Broadway)
HR - Chipper Jones (17, Misch), Garret Anderson (13, Misch), Matt Diaz (12, Misch)
RBI - Nate McLouth (66), Martin Prado 2 (48), Chipper Jones 4 (68), Yunel Escobar (69), Garret Anderson 2 (56), Matt Diaz (53)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (21), Martin Prado 2 (19), Garret Anderson 2 (21)
Team LOB - 4
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe (W,15-9) 5633051 4.55
Kenshin Kawakami (S,1) 4100030 3.92
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 69-46, Kenshin Kawakami 49-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-0, Kenshin Kawakami 3-6
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 21, Kenshin Kawakami 13
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, LF-CF4001000 .300
Luis Castillo, 2B2020000 .311
    Tobi Stoner, P0000000 .000
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH-3B2000010 .269
David Wright, 3B3010000 .313
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .125
    Cory Sullivan, LF1010000 .258
Carlos Beltran, CF3000003 .333
    Jeremy Reed, RF1000011 .250
Daniel Murphy, 1B4221000 .266
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000011 .277
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Evans, PH1000010 .219
Josh Thole, C4001000 .300
Wilson Valdez, SS3000030 .240
Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
    Lance Broadway, P0000000 .000
   c- Anderson Hernandez, PH-2B3110010 .254
Totals3437308  
a-struck out for Stoner in the 5th
b-struck out for Stokes in the 9th
c-struck out for Broadway in the 3rd
Batting
2B - Cory Sullivan (2, Kawakami), Daniel Murphy (36, Lowe)
3B - Anderson Hernandez (4, Lowe)
HR - Daniel Murphy (11, Lowe)
RBI - Angel Pagan (30), Daniel Murphy (61), Josh Thole (6)
Team LOB - 4
New York Mets
Patrick Misch (L,1-4) 1.1788113 5.59
Lance Broadway 1.2333100 6.07
Tobi Stoner 2000120 4.00
Bobby Parnell 1000110 5.53
Ken Takahashi 1000020 2.70
Brian Stokes 2000110 4.19
Pitches-Strikes - Patrick Misch 42-25, Lance Broadway 32-19, Tobi Stoner 30-17, Bobby Parnell 15-8, Ken Takahashi 10-8, Brian Stokes 36-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Patrick Misch 3-0, Lance Broadway 5-0, Tobi Stoner 1-3, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Ken Takahashi 1-0, Brian Stokes 3-2
Batters Faced - Patrick Misch 12, Lance Broadway 9, Tobi Stoner 7, Bobby Parnell 4, Ken Takahashi 3, Brian Stokes 7
Game Information
Attendance - 37706
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings