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NEW YORK -- Chipper Jones earned himself another turn in the two-hole.

Jones looked real comfortable starting as the No. 2 batter for the first time since 1996, hitting a double and homer and helping the Atlanta Braves snap a three-game skid with a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader made necessary by the threat of Hurricane Irene.

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The Braves were forced to make a quick stop in New York to play two games postponed Aug. 27-28 after being handed their first three-game sweep of the season, by the Phillies. They next head to St. Louis for a crucial set against the team trailing them in the wild-card race. Only several hundred fans were on hand to see the start of the twinbill at 4:10 p.m.

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez tried shaking up his scuffling club, losers of five of six over all coming in, by stacking his top on-base percentage guys up front.

"We got some productivity up there, we got some people getting on base." Gonzalez said. "It was a good three-run first."

Jones and his teammates responded with their biggest offensive output in six games. Cleanup hitter Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double and Martin Prado had an RBI single in the first. Jason Heyward had the go-ahead hit, an RBI single in the third off Chris Schwinden, making his major league debut. Jones tied it with his 48th homer against the Mets leading off the third, his most against any opponent.

Jose Reyes led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Craig Kimbrel, but the closer extended his rookie record by retiring the next three for his 43rd save.

Jason Bay hit a grand slam for New York, which had won 10 of 13.

After two days of continuous rain in New York, members of the Citi Field grounds crew, holding propane tanks, dried areas of the infield using portable heat torches while others applied a drying agent to the dirt.

Not long after, a matchup of young starters got off to a rough start. Mike Minor (5-2) settled down first, though.

"It was nice to see him not spook -- for lack of a better word," Gonzalez said, "and give us a nice outing."

Schwinden (0-1) gave up three runs with two outs in the first. Making his 12th start this year, Minor was tagged for a two-out grand slam in the bottom half. He was nicked for just four more hits in five innings while Schwinden gave up two more runs and left trailing 5-4 after throwing 100 pitched in his five.

"I think it was probably nerves more than anything," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I've seen him pitch enough to know that his command is always pretty good. I'm sure he was just a little nervous today. He left some balls up in the zone that they hit pretty hard."

The Braves scored a run in the eighth with a single, two walks and a hit batter. Mets reliever Tim Byrdak, who ran through the clubhouse before the game in a football referee's uniform, blowing a whistle and throwing a yellow flag at teammates, entered with the bases loaded and hit Michael Bourn with a pitch to make it 6-4. Byrdak struck out Jones to end the inning.

The run was needed, because Nick Evans hit a sacrifice fly off Jonny Venters in the bottom half.

Schwinden, a 22nd round draft pick in 2008, went 8-8 with a 3.95 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo this year. He retired his first better then gave up a double to Jones and walked Brian McCann. Dan Uggla grounded out and Freeman doubled in two runs and move to third on the throw home. Martin Prado followed with an RBI single.

"The nerves took over a bit. It kind of messed with my mechanics," said Schwinden, whose dad was at the game.

After Minor got two easy flyouts to start the bottom half, Lucas Duda singled, David Wright doubled and Angel Pagan walked. Bay followed with his second grand slam of the season and fourth of his career.

"Curveball, flipped it in there," Minor said. "Shoulda went after him with a fastball and made him hit it."

The 24-year-old right-hander gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Notes

Mets ace Johan Santana (shoulder) will make his second rehab start Friday with Class-A Savannah in a playoff game. The lefty threw three scoreless innings for Class-A St. Lucie in late July but was shut down because of fatigue in the surgically repaired shoulder. ... Mets longtime spokesman Jay Horwitz broke his ankle Thursday and will have surgery on Monday. ... Gonzalez said Tommy Hanson (shoulder tendinitis) could throw off a mound this weekend. Gonzalez said Hanson was progressing nicely. ... Mets reliever Bobby Parnell turned 27. ... The Braves swept the Mets in a doubleheader April 16, a makeup from a rainout a day earlier.
 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4001021 .296
Chipper Jones, 3B5221013 .283
Brian McCann, C4000110 .278
Dan Uggla, 2B5110011 .235
Freddie Freeman, 1B5232011 .295
Martin Prado, LF5131002 .264
Jason Heyward, RF3011111 .225
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010014 .229
Mike Minor, P2000000 .130
   a- Antoan Richardson, PH1000001 .333
    Arodys Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH0000100 .243
    Jose Constanza, PR0000000 .324
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals38611638  
a-grounded out for Minor in the 6th
b-walked for O'Flaherty in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (28, Schwinden), Freddie Freeman (30, Schwinden), Alex Gonzalez (22, Herrera)
HR - Chipper Jones (16, Schwinden)
RBI - Michael Bourn (45), Chipper Jones (62), Freddie Freeman 2 (67), Martin Prado (52), Jason Heyward (40)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (25), Freddie Freeman 2 (28), Martin Prado (22), Jason Heyward (15)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Uggla-Freeman
E - Dan Uggla (15, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor (W,5-2) 5744121 4.32
Arodys Vizcaino (H,4) 1.1000010 5.40
Eric O'Flaherty (H,27) 0.2100000 1.11
Jonny Venters (H,30) 1111110 1.58
Craig Kimbrel (S,43) 1100020 1.55
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 95-62, Arodys Vizcaino 15-9, Eric O'Flaherty 9-7, Jonny Venters 21-11, Craig Kimbrel 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 6-6, Eric O'Flaherty 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 22, Arodys Vizcaino 4, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Jonny Venters 5, Craig Kimbrel 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5000011 .272
Justin Turner, 2B5020001 .264
Lucas Duda, RF5120014 .283
David Wright, 3B3210112 .270
Angel Pagan, CF3110101 .266
Jason Bay, LF4124012 .240
Nick Evans, 1B3011010 .283
Ronny Paulino, C4000012 .276
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Chris Schwinden, P2000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   a- Willie Harris, PH0000000 .246
   b- Joshua Satin, PH1000000 .250
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Mike Nickeas, C0000000 .220
   c- Jose Reyes, PH1010000 .336
Totals36510526  
a-announced for Herrera in the 7th
b-grounded out for Harris in the 7th
c-singled for Nickeas in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (18, Minor), David Wright (22, Minor)
HR - Jason Bay (12, Minor)
SF - Nick Evans (2)
RBI - Jason Bay 4 (52), Nick Evans (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 4 (24)
Team LOB - 7
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Schwinden (L,0-1) 5855141 9.00
Danny Herrera 2100020 6.35
Ryota Igarashi 0.2111200 4.99
Tim Byrdak 0.2000010 3.18
Bobby Parnell 0.2100010 4.32
HBP - Bourn (by Tim Byrdak)
WP - Bobby Parnell (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Schwinden 100-64, Danny Herrera 20-13, Ryota Igarashi 28-15, Tim Byrdak 12-6, Bobby Parnell 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Schwinden 6-5, Danny Herrera 2-2, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Schwinden 24, Danny Herrera 7, Ryota Igarashi 5, Tim Byrdak 3, Bobby Parnell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25953
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Gary Darling