Atlanta at New York


    Braves 7, Mets 5


    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Freddie Freeman is feeling good as opening day approaches.

    Freeman homered twice for his second straight game, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 7-5 Tuesday in a matchup of teams that open against each other April 5.

    "I've been feeling pretty comfortable the last week, so I was just trying to get some got swings on the ball and keep it going," Freeman said. "I'm just trying to get my swing back up through the middle here. I can use the whole field with every pitch, and it's paying off for me."

    Freeman, who homered twice Sunday, sent a slider over the left-field wall n the seventh, then hit a drive to center in the ninth for his fifth home run of spring training.

    A day after making his spring training debut, the Mets' David Wright was 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly. Wright, who tore an abdominal muscle early in camp, had been expected to get Tuesday off.

    "We felt comfortable we wanted to get him back out there today," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We will give him tomorrow off. He looks good swinging certainly really good signs."

    Michael Bourn homered in the second off the Mets' Chris Schwinden, and Lucas Duda connected in the bottom half against Buddy Carlyle.

    "I think Lucas Duda is going to be a dynamic talent," Collins said. "Obviously, he is power supreme. I just believe he is getting very comfortable with the fact he is a major league player and he belongs here and he can hit here. He already has shown us he can hit lefties and hit righties, he can hit the ball out of the ballpark. What you've seen with some of his home runs is why I think the reconfiguration of Citi Field will be a big difference for him."

    New York pulled the fences at the pitcher-friendly ballpark during the offseason.

    Carlyle, who pitched for Atlanta from 2007-09 seasons, allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.

    "It was nice to see Buddy come up and give us four strong innings, and Freddie, it's been three or four games now where he is starting to see those at-bats get better and better, so that's a good sign," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The wind helped us a little."

    NOTES: Mets LF Jason Bay remained out of the lineup for a second straight day after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday against the Nationals. ... New York OF Scott Hairston, nursing a strained oblique muscle, played in a minor league game and is slated to return to the lineup Wednesday. ... CF Andres Torres (strained calf) hit in the batting cages Tuesday. ... Mets reliever Tim Byrdak is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since surgery March 13 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

    Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

    Related Video

    Atlanta Braves
    Michael Bourn, CF4223111 .286
        Luis Durango, CF0000000 .500
    Jack Wilson, 2B4000111 .000
    Freddie Freeman, 1B2323200 .262
    Eric Hinske, LF4011002 .191
        Jose Lugo, P0000000 .000
        Ryan Buchter, P0000000 .000
       a- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .196
        Jairo Asencio, P0000000 .000
    David Ross, C4010001 .161
        J.C. Boscan, C0000100 .250
    Jason Heyward, RF3110110 .190
    Drew Sutton, 3B5020005 .268
    Andrelton Simmons, SS3000006 .205
        Yohan Flande, P0000000 .000
        Jose Constanza, LF1010000 .188
    Buddy Carlyle, P2100001 .000
        Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
        Tyler Pastornicky, SS2000011 .220
    a-popped out for Buchter in the 9th
    2B - Eric Hinske (3, Schwinden), Drew Sutton (2, Parnell)
    HR - Michael Bourn (2, Schwinden), Freddie Freeman 2 (5, Rauch, Ramirez)
    SF - Freddie Freeman (1)
    RBI - Michael Bourn 3 (9), Freddie Freeman 3 (12), Eric Hinske (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 3 (5), Eric Hinske (1)
    SB - Michael Bourn (2, 2nd base off Olson/Nickeas)
    Team LOB - 9
    Atlanta Braves
    Buddy Carlyle (W,1-0) 4322121 4.50
    Cory Gearrin (H,4) 0.2122200 1.80
    Yohan Flande (H,4) 1.1100030 0.00
    Jose Lugo (H,1) 1000100 3.00
    Ryan Buchter (H,2) 1100010 0.00
    Jairo Asencio (S,1) 1311110 3.27
    WP - Cory Gearrin 2 (3)
    Pitches-Strikes - Buddy Carlyle 24-19, Cory Gearrin 12-3, Yohan Flande 11-11, Jose Lugo 7-3, Ryan Buchter 6-6, Jairo Asencio 12-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Buddy Carlyle 2-8, Yohan Flande 1-0, Jose Lugo 3-0, Ryan Buchter 1-1
    Batters Faced - Buddy Carlyle 16, Cory Gearrin 5, Yohan Flande 5, Jose Lugo 4, Ryan Buchter 4, Jairo Asencio 7
    New York Mets
    Jordany Valdespin, CF-2B^CF4021000 .317
    Justin Turner, 2B3011101 .163
        Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
       a- Matt den Dekker, PH1010000 .143
    David Wright, 3B2001000 .250
        Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
        Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
       b- Vinny Rottino, PH-CF^1B1001101 .304
    Ike Davis, 1B4000031 .205
        Wilfredo Tovar, 2B0000000 .000
       c- Josh Thole, PH1000013 .250
    Lucas Duda, RF4121113 .306
    Adam Loewen, LF3010001 .268
       d- Rob Johnson, PH-C1000001 .217
    Ronny Cedeno, SS4110012 .257
    Mike Nickeas, C2100111 .200
        Mike Baxter, LF1110000 .350
    Chris Schwinden, P0000000 .000
        Garrett Olson, P1000000 .000
        Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
       e- Daniel Murphy, PH0100100 .273
        Lucas May, 3B2000001 .182
    a-singled for Ramirez in the 9th
    b-hit into fielder's choice for Rauch in the 7th
    c-struck out for Tovar in the 9th
    d-lined out for Loewen in the 8th
    e-walked for Parnell in the 5th
    HR - Lucas Duda (4, Carlyle)
    SF - Jordany Valdespin (2), David Wright (1)
    RBI - Jordany Valdespin (4), Justin Turner (5), David Wright (1), Vinny Rottino (4), Lucas Duda (8)
    SB - Jordany Valdespin (3, 2nd base off Carlyle/Ross)
    Team LOB - 9
    DP - May-Turner-Davis
    E - Bobby Parnell (1, Throwing)
    New York Mets
    Chris Schwinden (L,0-2) 2.1544211 5.19
    Garrett Olson 1.2111100 2.45
    Bobby Parnell 1100000 0.00
    Josh Edgin 1000110 0.00
    Jon Rauch 1111011 7.27
    Ramon Ramirez 2211211 6.75
    HBP - Heyward (by Garrett Olson)
    WP - Garrett Olson (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Chris Schwinden 26-16, Garrett Olson 12-7, Bobby Parnell 4-4, Josh Edgin 8-4, Jon Rauch 9-8, Ramon Ramirez 19-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Schwinden 4-2, Garrett Olson 2-3, Bobby Parnell 2-1, Josh Edgin 1-0, Jon Rauch 2-0, Ramon Ramirez 1-4
    Batters Faced - Chris Schwinden 14, Garrett Olson 8, Bobby Parnell 4, Josh Edgin 3, Jon Rauch 4, Ramon Ramirez 10
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4577
    Game Time - 3:16
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Ed Rapuano