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New York at Atlanta

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N.Y. Mets (65-66)020001000391
Atlanta (76-55) «23000310x9140

Braves 9, Mets 3

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ATLANTA -- Martin Prado says Jason Heyward is the key to the Atlanta Braves' postseason hopes.

"Like I say, if he goes, we go," Prado said.

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Heyward is recovering his power stroke just in time for the Braves' September playoff push.

Heyward homered and drove in four runs, Prado drove in three runs and the NL East-leading Braves beat the New York Mets 9-3 on Monday night.

Prado said he knew from the start that Heyward, the rookie right fielder, would be a difference-maker for the Braves.

"Since I saw that guy in spring training, I knew he was going to be that guy who changes everything on this team," Prado said.

Heyward had four hits, including a three-run homer off Pat Misch in the second inning. He has five homers in August after hitting only one total in June and July, when he was slowed by a thumb injury.

He missed 13 games with the injury and couldn't start in the All-Star Game.

The left thumb still bothers Heyward, but he said adjustments in his swing have contributed to his renewed power.

"It's just becoming more comfortable with what you have and making adjustments for injuries," Heyward said.

"When you have a hand injury, it takes away your ability to trust in what you have. ... I'm staying with it and keep working. I've got some timing back and got some confidence back."

Heyward is hitting .526 (10 for 19) with two homers in his five-game hitting streak.

Jair Jurrjens (6-4) gave up six hits and matched his career high with six walks, but his eight strikeouts helped him limit the Mets to three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

"To win the game you need to make clutch pitches," Jurrjens said. "I made my clutch pitches when I needed to. They didn't hit when they had guys in scoring position."

The Mets stranded 12 baserunners.

"Their guy, when he needed a strike, he threw a strike," said Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

Jurrjens improved to 6-0 at Turner Field.

Heyward has 16 homers and 62 RBI and is hitting .278 -- his high mark since June 3. The four hits and four RBI each matched Heyward's career high.

Prado had two hits, including a two-run single in the sixth. Each of the first five hitters in Atlanta's lineup had two or more hits.

One day after his homer in the bottom of the ninth capped the Braves' 7-6 comeback win over Florida, Brian McCann padded the lead with a shot deep into the right-field seats off Oliver Perez in the seventh.

Misch (0-4) gave up eight hits and five runs in three innings for the Mets, who opened a 10-game road trip with the first of four games against the Braves.

Jurrjens gave up two hits -- including Josh Thole's run-scoring triple -- and two walks in the sixth, when the Mets cut the Braves' lead to 5-3.

Manager Bobby Cox pulled Jurrjens after the right-hander walked Luis Castillo to load the bases. Chris Carter ended the inning with a groundout against left-hander Eric O'Flaherty.

The Braves stretched the lead with three runs off Manny Acosta in the sixth. Heyward's single drove in Rick Ankiel. Heyward scored from first on a headfirst slide across home plate on Prado's two-run single. Omar Infante, who walked, also scored on Prado's hit.

Heyward was running on the pitch. Still, Cox was amazed Heyward scored from first, beating Jeff Francoeur's throw from right-center field which bounced through the infield.

"Unbelievable," Cox said. "He can do things on the bases. His instincts are so great."

When asked how often he has seen a player score from first on a single, Cox said "almost never."

Heyward and Infante each scored three runs.

Angel Pagan and Luis Hernandez drove in runs in the Mets' two-run second.

A fan in the right-field seats threw a half-empty plastic bottle near Francoeur, the former Braves' hometown star, in the sixth.

"You never know what to expect," Francoeur said. "I played here four years and played hard.

"A lot of people cheered me, but one bozo did that. You can boo me, but don't throw a bottle at me. ... That was classless."

Notes

The Braves had 14 hits. ... Heyward also had four hits and four RBI on Aug. 22 at the Cubs. ... The Braves recalled RHP Kenshin Kawakami from Triple-A Gwinnett. The team optioned RHP Cristhian Martinez to Gwinnett. Cox said Kawakami will work out of the bullpen but could fill in as a starter. ... RHP Derek Lowe plans to throw his regular side session on Tuesday. He appeared to have difficulty keeping his arm loose as he gave up six hits and five runs in three innings against Florida on Sunday. He deflected questions about his arm after the game and again on Monday.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF-LF5011023 .294
Luis Castillo, 2B2000212 .238
Chris Carter, LF2010203 .269
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Oliver Perez, P0000000 .111
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
   a- Henry Blanco, PH1010000 .248
David Wright, 3B5000036 .292
Ike Davis, 1B5010036 .249
Jeff Francoeur, RF5220023 .236
Josh Thole, C3111101 .308
Luis Hernandez, SS3011100 .250
Pat Misch, P0000000 .250
   b- Mike Hessman, PH1000010 .156
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   c- Carlos Beltran, PH-CF2010001 .216
Totals34393612  
a-singled for Igarashi in the 9th
b-struck out for Misch in the 4th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Dessens in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (25, O'Flaherty), Carlos Beltran (7, Farnsworth)
3B - Josh Thole (1, Jurrjens)
SH - Luis Castillo (10), Pat Misch (1)
RBI - Angel Pagan (57), Josh Thole (11), Luis Hernandez (1)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Wright-Davis, Hernandez-Castillo-Davis
E - Ike Davis (7, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pat Misch (L,0-4) 3855011 5.14
Elmer Dessens 2100100 2.18
Manny Acosta 1333110 3.62
Oliver Perez 1111201 6.75
Ryota Igarashi 1100010 7.15
IBB - McCann by Elmer Dessens
WP - Manny Acosta (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Pat Misch 59-37, Elmer Dessens 37-24, Manny Acosta 29-18, Oliver Perez 29-14, Ryota Igarashi 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pat Misch 5-2, Elmer Dessens 2-4, Manny Acosta 1-1, Oliver Perez 1-2, Ryota Igarashi 1-0
Batters Faced - Pat Misch 16, Elmer Dessens 8, Manny Acosta 7, Oliver Perez 6, Ryota Igarashi 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B4320102 .343
Jason Heyward, RF5344000 .278
Martin Prado, 3B5023011 .316
Derrek Lee, 1B5021013 .246
Brian McCann, C3121111 .281
Matt Diaz, LF3000004 .242
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Diory Hernandez, PH1000000 .143
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000101 .260
Melky Cabrera, CF-LF4000000 .256
Jair Jurrjens, P2110000 .118
    Rick Ankiel, CF1110100 .240
Totals36914943  
a-fouled out for O'Flaherty in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jason Heyward (16, Misch), Brian McCann (19, Perez)
RBI - Jason Heyward 4 (62), Martin Prado 3 (58), Derrek Lee (62), Brian McCann (70)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward 4 (29), Martin Prado 2 (26)
SB - Martin Prado (5, 2nd base off Dessens/Thole)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (W,6-4) 5.2633680 4.38
Eric O'Flaherty (H,9) 1.1100010 2.17
Kyle Farnsworth 1100020 3.35
Billy Wagner 1100010 1.62
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 108-62, Eric O'Flaherty 13-10, Kyle Farnsworth 13-11, Billy Wagner 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-3, Eric O'Flaherty 1-2, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 29, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 18842
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Dan Iassogna