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Braves tally third straight shutout

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NEW YORK -- Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves are making their best pitch for the playoffs.

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.

Jason Heyward hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning and Dan Uggla also connected.

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.

Notes

  • Damian Moss, Kevin Millwood and Greg Maddux were the starters when Atlanta threw those shutouts in 2002.
  • Mets CF Andres Torres bruised his left knee making a diving catch on Martin Prado's liner in the second and left the game. He was listed as day-to-day.
  • Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was hitless in four at-bats and is an 0-for-15 rut.
  • Mets SS Ruben Tejada got a day off for rest. Collins said Tejada might sit out again Saturday.
  • The Braves were informed that Prado's two-run double last Sunday against Philadelphia was changed by Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre to an error.
 
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The Braves defeat the Mets and tally their third straight shutout to stretch their scoreless innings streak to 28.  (AP)
The Braves defeat the Mets and tally their third straight shutout to stretch their scoreless innings streak to 28. (AP)

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D. Uggla
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R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
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J. Heyward
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R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3010100 .283
Reed Johnson, LF3010001 .305
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH1000010 .283
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Chipper Jones, 3B4000014 .300
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000003 .264
Martin Prado, SS-LF4000000 .294
Jason Heyward, RF4121000 .277
Dan Uggla, 2B4221001 .209
David Ross, C3001000 .266
Paul Maholm, P2010010 .074
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Luis Avilan, P0000000 .333
   b- Jose Constanza, PH1000010 .220
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .189
Totals3337314  
a-struck out for Venters in the 8th
b-struck out for Avilan in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
PB - David Ross (3)
E - Chipper Jones (10, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm (W,12-9) 5.1500360 3.67
Chad Durbin (H,13) 0.1000010 3.27
Luis Avilan (H,2) 0.1000000 2.13
Jonny Venters (H,18) 1000000 3.33
Eric O'Flaherty (H,25) 1000120 2.03
Craig Kimbrel (S,35) 1000120 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ronny Cedeno, SS4010121 .275
Daniel Murphy, 2B5010013 .288
David Wright, 3B4010013 .312
Scott Hairston, RF4000015 .268
Ike Davis, 1B2000212 .223
Kelly Shoppach, C4010012 .256
Jason Bay, LF3000111 .165
Andres Torres, CF0000000 .225
    Jordany Valdespin, CF2000001 .238
   a- Justin Turner, PH1000012 .288
    Fred Lewis, CF0000100 .000
Jonathon Niese, P2010012 .188
   b- Lucas Duda, PH1000002 .237
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Baxter, PH1000011 .283
Totals33050511  
a-struck out for Valdespin in the 6th
b-grounded out for Niese in the 6th
c-struck out for Mejia in the 9th
Fielding
E - Kelly Shoppach (7, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (L,10-9) 6511121 3.47
Bobby Parnell 1110010 2.88
Jenrry Mejia 2111011 4.50
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
Game Information
Attendance - 24071
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi