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New York at Atlanta

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N.Y. Mets (34-34) «100200100460
Atlanta (38-31)000000000021

Mets 4, Braves 0

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ATLANTA -- The New York Mets are at .500 for the first time in almost a month, and rookie Dillon Gee deserves credit, even if he couldn't qualify for the team's latest win.

Gee combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout, Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer and surging New York beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The Mets (34-34) endured two rain delays to reach .500 for the first time since May 20, when they were 22-22.

"Well, we're here, but we've got to stay here now," manager Terry Collins said.

"It's been a long road and a long uphill battle. Now we've got to move forward."

The Mets have won nine of 13, including the first two games of the series.

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After starting the year 5-13, the Mets are 29-21. They improved to 19-17 on the road and 6-3 on their 10-game trip which ends with Thursday against the Braves.

Gee gave up one hit in four innings but did not return following a rain delay of 1 hour, 11 minutes. The delay cost Gee, who is 7-0, a chance to become the first Mets rookie to win his first eight decisions.

Gee had five strikeouts and two walks while lowering his ERA to 2.86.

"He was really good for four innings," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said. "I don't know who helped this guy with his transformation but he's really, really tough right now.

"We couldn't do anything offensively. It didn't matter who they threw out there."

Collins said he and pitching coach Dan Warthen regretted the rain delay denying the rookie the chance for his eighth straight win.

"I said we can't put him back out there," Collins said. "Dan said 'Too bad, because that's his best stuff he's had all year."'

The Mets are 10-0 in games started by Gee.

"My whole goal is for the team to win when I'm out there," Gee said.

"I actually felt very good today, probably the best I've felt all year."

D.J. Carrasco replaced Gee and pitched two perfect innings. Bobby Parnell (1-1) struck out five in two scoreless innings before Francisco Rodriguez completed the shutout with a perfect ninth inning.

Gee and the Mets led 3-0 when heavy wind, rain and lightning forced play to be stopped in the top of the fifth inning. The start of the game had been delayed 1:22 by another storm which brought hail to Turner Field. There was more lightning following the second delay.

The left-handed hitting Pagan pulled a two-run homer off Tim Hudson in the fourth. Pagan lofted the drive into the gusty wind blowing toward right field. The fly ball remained fair before tucking around the foul pole.

Jason Bay, who had been hitting only .067 (2 for 30) in June, had two hits following a vote of confidence from manager Terry Collins before the game.

"I'm trying to get the guy going," Collins said of Bay. "You've got to have some confidence on the field.

"When he gets his stroke back, he's the left fielder. Hands down."

Bay sat out the Mets' 4-3 win in Tuesday night's series opener.

Jose Reyes had a double and scored in the first and drove in Lucas Duda with a groundout in the seventh.

The Braves lost their third straight to fall 5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East. Philadelphia swept a doubleheader from Florida.

Hudson (5-6) gave up four hits and three runs, two earned, in four innings and has lost four of his last five decisions.

Alex Gonzalez doubled with two outs in the second and pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad had a single off Parnell in the eighth for the Braves' only hits.

Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was 0 for 2 with a walk in his return from the disabled list. He missed 18 games with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Heyward had a throwing error after fielding Reyes' double to open the game, allowing him to advance to third. Reyes scored on Ruben Tejada's groundout.

Notes

The Braves optioned OF Matt Young to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for Heyward. ... OF Nate McLouth, recovering from a left oblique strain, took batting practice and expects to begin a rehab stint with Gwinnett on Thursday. ... 1B Freddie Freeman missed his second straight start with a mild right oblique strain. He said he expects to play Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4111010 .345
Ruben Tejada, 2B4001022 .295
Carlos Beltran, RF4000000 .281
Daniel Murphy, 3B4110000 .299
Angel Pagan, CF4122000 .252
Jason Bay, LF4020000 .214
Lucas Duda, 1B3100121 .139
Josh Thole, C2000200 .234
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Dillon Gee, P1000012 .050
   a- Jason Pridie, PH1000010 .236
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH1000003 .226
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Ronny Paulino, C0000000 .324
Totals3246437  
a-struck out for Gee in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Carrasco in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (20, Hudson)
HR - Angel Pagan (2, Hudson)
RBI - Jose Reyes (28), Ruben Tejada (10), Angel Pagan 2 (17)
SB - Jason Bay (5, 2nd base off Hudson/McCann)
CS - Angel Pagan (3, 2nd base by Linebrink/McCann)
Team LOB - 4
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 4100250 2.86
D.J. Carrasco 2000010 4.85
Bobby Parnell (W,1-1) 2100050 3.46
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 53-35, D.J. Carrasco 22-15, Bobby Parnell 32-22, Francisco Rodriguez 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 4-3, D.J. Carrasco 5-0, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 15, D.J. Carrasco 6, Bobby Parnell 7, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4000021 .211
Dan Uggla, 2B4000020 .178
Brian McCann, C4000010 .296
Chipper Jones, 3B3000120 .258
Eric Hinske, 1B3000021 .262
Alex Gonzalez, SS3010011 .265
Jason Heyward, RF2000100 .211
Joe Mather, LF3000022 .222
Tim Hudson, P1000000 .040
    Cristhian Martinez, P1000000 .250
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1010000 .205
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
Totals29020212  
a-singled for Linebrink in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (12, Gee)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Jason Heyward (2, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (L,5-6) 4432141 4.08
Cristhian Martinez 2.1111220 3.62
Scott Linebrink 1.2100000 4.15
Eric O'Flaherty 1000010 1.38
IBB - Thole by Tim Hudson
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 67-40, Cristhian Martinez 49-35, Scott Linebrink 16-12, Eric O'Flaherty 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 4-4, Cristhian Martinez 3-2, Scott Linebrink 2-2, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 17, Cristhian Martinez 10, Scott Linebrink 5, Eric O'Flaherty 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31161
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi