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W: J. Niese (11-8) L: T. Hanson (11-7)
HR: ATL - D. Uggla (24)   NYM - J. Turner (3),J. Bay (8),J. Thole (2),J. Turner (4)

Uggla ups hit streak to 27 games in loss to Mets

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NEW YORK -- When the Mets blew an early lead by allowing five runs to the Braves on bloopers and broken bats, Justin Turner knew exactly what everyone was thinking.

"I'm sure most of the people watching the game were like 'Here we go again,"' he said.

Turner put a stop to that by hitting his second homer of the game to put New York up for good in the fourth inning and the Mets stopped a five-game losing streak with an 11-7 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night.

Jason Bay answered the Braves' big third with a two-run shot of his own and Josh Thole connected on a solo shot to tie it for the Mets, who banged out 16 hits to break out of a weeklong offensive funk. New York hit four homers in a game for the first time in more than a year.

"It's like everyone says, pitching wins ballgames," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Tonight we had a slow-pitch softball game -- we don't win those very often."

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Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 27 games and Freddie Freeman ran his own to 20 for the Braves, who have lost four of six.

Jonathon Niese (11-8) gave up a season-high 10 hits, but made it through five innings. He allowed five runs and struck out six to win for the fourth time in five decisions and eighth in 11.

"He was at 90-some pitches, I didn't want to take the chance," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I thought our bullpen could come in there and we could mix and match."

Niese gave up all five runs in the third inning, and the leadoff batter reached in the first four innings against him.

In that third inning, Freeman's broken-bat RBI single extended his streak and Uggla followed with a roller down the third base line that just barely stayed fair and was too slow to draw a throw. Both of them came home on David Ross's two-run single. After Alex Gonzalez singled to put runners on first and third, Jose Constanza hit a blooper that barely made it past the mound.

Turner came in from second base and dived, but the ball bounced just at the lip of his glove. He held the ball up for a second, thinking he made the catch, then fired to second to get Gonzalez while Ross came home. Hanson grounded out to end the inning.

"I felt like they didn't hit the ball that hard," Niese said. "I just went out and said 'Here, hit it."'

Bay answered with a two-run shot with two outs in the third that got the Mets back to within a run, and Thole took Hanson deep in the fourth to tie it at 5 before Turner's blast.

"We needed that," Thole said. "It was good that, when they scored the five, we didn't quit ... I was joking around today: 'We can't lose the rest of the season"'

Hanson (11-7) had his worst start of the season, allowing seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. He lasted one out longer in his first start, but allowed only three earned runs April 2. He is 1-3 in six outings since he won five starts in a row from June 1 to July 4.

"Warming up, my location wasn't there," Hanson said. "It was the same trouble I had once I got in the game. I didn't have very good - actually I had horrible command."

Once Jose Reyes led off the sixth inning with a single, every starting position player for the Mets had a hit. Reyes had already contributed with a walk, two steals and a run, and Angel Pagan stole two bases, too.

After the start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 2 minutes, the Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Turner's solo shot to left-center and David Wright's RBI double.

Notes

  • The Mets scored nine runs total in their five losses.
  • Chipper Jones returned to the Braves' lineup after he was limited because of a strained right quadriceps. The longtime slugger with sterling numbers against the Mets was greeted with the customary jeers and boos from New York fans his first time up. Gonzalez pinch-hit for him late because light rain was falling, not wanting to take a chance on him getting re-injured.
  • Mets RHP Dillon Gee (10-3) was set to face the Braves for the fifth time in his career Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 1.52 ERA against Atlanta.
  • The Braves called up lefty Mike Minor (1-2) to start Sunday in place of Jair Jurrjens, who was placed on the DL because of a strained right knee. Minor's first win of the season came June 21 against Toronto, his most recent big league start.
  • Braves RHP Anthony Varvaro, who grew up in Staten Island and went to college at St. John's in Queens, pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed three hits with three strikeouts and an intentional walk. He was charged with a run when George Sherrill gave up a single to pinch-hitter Scott Hairston in the eighth.
  • The teams combined for 29 hits.
  • The Mets last hit four homers June 13, 2010, at Baltimore. The last time they did it at Citi Field was May 7, 2010, tied the record.
  • Uggla added a homer leading off the ninth against Manny Acosta.
 
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Justin Turner powers through his first of two home runs while helping the Mets end a five-game slide.  (Getty Images)
Justin Turner powers through his first of two home runs while helping the Mets end a five-game slide. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Turner
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Atlanta

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4130110 .305
Martin Prado, LF4110102 .275
Freddie Freeman, 1B5111032 .299
Dan Uggla, 2B5331022 .220
Chipper Jones, 3B4011000 .258
   a- Jason Heyward, PH1000010 .220
David Ross, C4112123 .250
Alex Gonzalez, SS5021011 .234
Jose Constanza, RF4011003 .387
Tommy Hanson, P2000013 .051
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .400
   b- Julio Lugo, PH1000002 .158
    Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   c- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .238
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
Totals407137311  
a-struck out for Jones in the 9th
b-grounded out for Cr. Martinez in the 5th
c-flied out for Sherrill in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Gonzalez (18, Niese)
3B - Martin Prado (1, Niese)
HR - Dan Uggla (24, Acosta)
RBI - Freddie Freeman (55), Dan Uggla (55), Chipper Jones (48), David Ross 2 (21), Alex Gonzalez (35), Jose Constanza (4)
SB - Michael Bourn (41, 2nd base off Parnell/Thole)
CS - Michael Bourn (8, 2nd base by Niese/Thole)
Team LOB - 9
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (L,11-7) 3.1877254 3.60
Cristhian Martinez 0.2000000 3.33
Anthony Varvaro 2.1311130 1.29
George Sherrill 0.2322100 3.38
Scott Proctor 1211100 5.90
IBB - Thole by Anthony Varvaro
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 81-47, Cristhian Martinez 4-3, Anthony Varvaro 45-27, George Sherrill 26-17, Scott Proctor 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cristhian Martinez 1-1, George Sherrill 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 20, Cristhian Martinez 2, Anthony Varvaro 11, George Sherrill 6, Scott Proctor 6
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4121102 .337
Justin Turner, 2B5224023 .270
Daniel Murphy, 1B5110013 .318
David Wright, 3B4111101 .273
Angel Pagan, CF4230101 .247
Jason Bay, LF5123023 .242
Lucas Duda, RF3010011 .264
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-RF2111002 .276
Josh Thole, C4231102 .259
Jonathon Niese, P2000012 .070
   b- Willie Harris, PH1000012 .237
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
   c- Nick Evans, PH0000100 .148
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Pridie, PH1000002 .234
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals4011161158  
a-singled for Duda in the 7th
b-struck out for Niese in the 5th
c-walked for Beato in the 7th
d-flied out for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (13, Hanson), Angel Pagan (14, Varvaro), Josh Thole (12, Hanson)
HR - Justin Turner 2 (4, Hanson, Hanson), Jason Bay (8, Hanson), Josh Thole (2, Hanson)
RBI - Jose Reyes (37), Justin Turner 4 (41), David Wright (33), Jason Bay 3 (40), Scott Hairston (22), Josh Thole (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 2 (18)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (34, 2nd base off Hanson/Ross, 3rd base off Hanson/Ross), Angel Pagan 2 (22, 2nd base off Hanson/Ross, 2nd base off Varvaro/Ross)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Daniel Murphy (10, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,11-8) 51055260 4.12
Tim Byrdak (H,6) 1000020 3.62
Pedro Beato (H,8) 1211010 3.50
Bobby Parnell 1000110 3.63
Manny Acosta 1111011 4.84
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 87-59, Tim Byrdak 13-10, Pedro Beato 16-12, Bobby Parnell 17-12, Manny Acosta 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 8-1, Pedro Beato 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Tim Byrdak 3, Pedro Beato 5, Bobby Parnell 4, Manny Acosta 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33556
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman