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Maholm and the Braves bullpen combined to give Atlanta three straight shutouts for the first time in exactly a decade, and the NL wild-card leaders beat the New York Mets 3-0 on Friday night.
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Coming off two 1-0 wins over Colorado, the Braves' staff stretched its scoreless streak to 28 innings. Atlanta last pitched three straight shutouts on Sept. 4-7, 2002, according to STATS LLC.
"You try to throw up as many zeros as possible," Maholm said.
This weekend marks Chipper Jones' last trip to New York to play the Mets, an opponent he has often wrecked in the past. The Mets presented the retiring 40-year-old star with a pricey piece of 3-D artwork as part of his farewell tour in a pregame ceremony, while the crowd responded with its usual boos.
Jones did little, going 0 for 4, including a strikeout with the bases loaded, and making a throwing error from third base.
"Pregame was a blast. The whole day was a blast, except for when I went to step up to the plate or a ball was hit to me," Jones said.
Fortunately for the Braves, they did fine without him making a contribution.
Maholm (12-9) worked around five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He evened his record at 3-3 since the Braves got him in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 30, including a three-hit shutout at Citi Field on Aug. 10.
"It wasn't the cleanest game," he said. "I was a little erratic. They kind of waited me out."
Still, he extended his shutout streak against the Mets to 22 1/3 innings, spanning four outings. Hitless relief helped him and the Braves close it out.
Chad Durbin got one out in the sixth and Luis Avilan retired pinch-hitter Lucas Duda on a grounder with runners on second and third to end the inning. Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty each pitched a scoreless inning and Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 35th save in 38 chances.
"The thing we did so well when we had guys on base was to get two-out hits. But lately, we're not hitting. We're not hitting at all. And we haven't been able to get big hits here at home," Mets manager Terry Collins.
The Mets lost their eighth straight series opener at Citi Field.
Heyward put the Braves ahead with a drive off Jonathon Niese (10-9) that landed on the roof of the Atlanta bullpen.
Uggla opened the seventh with a double against Bobby Parnell. Catcher Kelly Shoppach had him picked off, but made a wild throw into center field. The error moved up Uggla, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by David Ross.
Uggla hit his 18th home run with two outs in the ninth.
|The Braves defeat the Mets and tally their third straight shutout to stretch their scoreless innings streak to 28. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Reed Johnson, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.305|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Lyle Overbay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.283|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.300|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.264|
|Martin Prado, SS-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.294|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.277|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.209|
|David Ross, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.266|
|Paul Maholm, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.074|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Avilan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- Jose Constanza, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.220|
|Paul Janish, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.189|
|a-struck out for Venters in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Avilan in the 7th|
|2B - Dan Uggla (24, Parnell)|
|HR - Jason Heyward (25, Niese), Dan Uggla (18, Mejia)|
|SF - David Ross (2)|
|RBI - Jason Heyward (70), Dan Uggla (65), David Ross (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (37)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|PB - David Ross (3)|
|E - Chipper Jones (10, Throwing)|
|Paul Maholm (W,12-9)||5.1||5||0||0||3||6||0||3.67|
|Chad Durbin (H,13)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.27|
|Luis Avilan (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.13|
|Jonny Venters (H,18)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.33|
|Eric O'Flaherty (H,25)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.03|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,35)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.20|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 104-65, Chad Durbin 6-3, Luis Avilan 3-1, Jonny Venters 5-4, Eric O'Flaherty 22-12, Craig Kimbrel 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-4, Luis Avilan 1-0, Jonny Venters 2-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 25, Chad Durbin 1, Luis Avilan 1, Jonny Venters 3, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Craig Kimbrel 4|
|New York Mets|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||1||0||1||2||1||.275|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.288|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.312|
|Scott Hairston, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.268|
|Ike Davis, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||2||.223|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.256|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.165|
|Andres Torres, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Jordany Valdespin, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|a- Justin Turner, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.288|
|Fred Lewis, CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Jonathon Niese, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.188|
|b- Lucas Duda, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.237|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jenrry Mejia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mike Baxter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.283|
|a-struck out for Valdespin in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Niese in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Mejia in the 9th|
|E - Kelly Shoppach (7, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (L,10-9)||6||5||1||1||1||2||1||3.47|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 100-69, Bobby Parnell 15-9, Jenrry Mejia 23-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-11, Jenrry Mejia 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Bobby Parnell 4, Jenrry Mejia 7|
|Attendance - 24071|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|