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NEW YORK -- All winter long, the New York Mets heard critics lampooning them, certain the club would hit a wall from the get-go.
On Saturday, these plucky Mets got busy hitting balls over the wall.
R.A. Dickey and a bolstered bullpen stayed in command and the Mets flashed some leather, too, in improving to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
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"We realize we have a long way to go, but this locker room is filled with guys who believe they belong here," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Looks good to Dickey, so far.
"It was a great community win -- a lot of people chipping in," he said. "It's been a good couple of days. Hopefully, we can maintain this momentum."
Wright kept hitting with an opposite-field homer to right-center in the first inning and two singles. Coming off a down year and injury-interrupted spring training, the All-Star had two hits and drove in the only run in Thursday's opener against Atlanta.
As for those shortened fences, they're totally fine by Wright.
"I don't need it -- Duda does," he kidded.
"It helped us out today. Nice to see guys have good at bats and get rewarded for it," he said.
Martin Prado hit a two-run homer for Atlanta. His shot in the fifth ended the Braves' longest season-opening shutout streak since 1980 -- this is their first 0-2 start in four years.
"We're not panicking," Braves outfielder Jason Heyward said. "The first two games, it hasn't happened."
With hot dog wrappers blowing around the field, Duda launched a drive to right-center field in the fourth. The ball flew over the new fence, yet several feet in front of where the old wall still stands.
"It plays fair now," Duda said.
Duda hit another solo shot run in the seventh off Chad Durbin, a drive to right that would've been a home run in any year. It was Duda's first multihomer game in the majors.
Dickey (1-0) allowed five hits and four walks in six innings. He had trouble getting a good grip for his signature knuckler, a common problem on cooler, windy days.
"It might have been a knuckleball that didn't knuckle," he said.
Dickey drew attention this spring with his revealing biography, a book in which he wrote about being sexually abused as a boy. He returned the focus to the field with his pitching, plus an alert play at the plate.
Michael Bourn led off the game with a double and later tried to score from third when a pitch skittered away from Thole. But the catcher pounced on it and threw a fastball to Dickey, who tagged out the three-time NL stolen base champ.
"When we made that play, I knew it was going to be a good one today," Thole said.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Bourn hesitated, but didn't blame the speedster.
"You can't fault him on that. The two guys made a play," Gonzalez said.
Frank Francisco, the fourth Mets pitcher, earned his second save. Wright helped with a nifty catch in foul ground down the third-base line, then Francisco struck out pinch-hitter Matt Diaz with two runners on to end it.
Jair Jurrjens (0-1) gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He made the All-Star game last year, but won just one of his final seven starts and didn't pitch in September because of an injured right knee.
|Nobody is more popular in the Mets' clubhouse than Lucas Duda, who records his first multi-homer game in a winning cause. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.286|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||1||1||2||0||2||2||.250|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.143|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Jason Heyward, RF||2||0||1||0||2||1||1||.167|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.000|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jack Wilson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jair Jurrjens, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Livan Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Constanza, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|a-singled for Pastornicky in the 9th|
|b-grounded out-bunting for Hernandez in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Cr. Martinez in the 9th|
|2B - Michael Bourn (1, Dickey)|
|3B - Jason Heyward (1, Dickey)|
|HR - Martin Prado (1, Dickey)|
|RBI - Martin Prado 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|PB - Brian McCann (1)|
|Jair Jurrjens (L,0-1)||4.1||7||3||3||3||3||2||6.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 102-65, Livan Hernandez 33-20, Chad Durbin 19-12, Cristhian Martinez 7-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 3-7, Livan Hernandez 1-3, Chad Durbin 1-1, Cristhian Martinez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 23, Livan Hernandez 8, Chad Durbin 6, Cristhian Martinez 3|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.000|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||3||.375|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Wright, 3B||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.625|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||1||0||0||1||2||4||.000|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Lucas Duda, RF||4||2||2||2||0||1||2||.250|
|Josh Thole, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.571|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.500|
|R.A. Dickey, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a- Mike Baxter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Justin Turner, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Dickey in the 6th|
|b-singled for Parnell in the 7th|
|2B - Josh Thole (1, Jurrjens)|
|HR - David Wright (1, Jurrjens), Lucas Duda 2 (2, Jurrjens, Durbin)|
|RBI - David Wright (2), Lucas Duda 2 (2), Josh Thole (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (1), Josh Thole (1)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Dickey-Tejada-Davis|
|PB - Josh Thole (1)|
|New York Mets|
|R.A. Dickey (W,1-0)||6||5||2||2||4||3||1||3.00|
|Bobby Parnell (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Jon Rauch (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Frank Francisco (S,2)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 94-58, Bobby Parnell 13-9, Jon Rauch 15-9, Frank Francisco 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-5, Bobby Parnell 2-0|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 25, Bobby Parnell 3, Jon Rauch 3, Frank Francisco 5|
|Attendance - 39526|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 55|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Gerry Davis|