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McCann, Braves edge Mets in extras; Chipper says goodbye to New York

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NEW YORK -- Chipper Jones spent the weekend receiving warm wishes and gifts from the Mets organization and fans.

Then he and the Braves left them a fitting going away present of their own -- a three-game sweep capped off by a 3-2 win over New York on Sunday in 10 innings.

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"He's killed us so much on the field but away from the field he's all class," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "I think that as much as the fans like to get on him over the years, I think they respect his body of work. I think they respect his career, the way he's carried himself and what he's been able to do on the field is obviously, I think, a nice cap to a Hall of Fame career."

The Mets scored three or fewer runs for the 10th straight home game.

"We're running out of ideas," manager Terry Collins said. "It's about grinding it out right now. It's about going out there and having some confidence in your ability."

Collins said he and his staff were considering a change in the Mets' pregame routine for Monday.

"We've researched it. We're going to try something new tomorrow," Collins said. "We've run dry trying to come up with some answers why we don't hit the ball in this park."

Brian McCann homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give Atlanta its fifth straight win.

When Jones took the lineup card to home plate before his last game in Queens, he got some scattered applause. When he pinch hit in the ninth, he received cheers in full voice -- along with some boos, of course.

Jones walked, and once a pinch runner came in to replace him, the retiring 40-year-old star trotted back toward the Braves dugout on the third base side and Mets fans stood and cheered. He took off his batting helmet, raised it to the crowd, and then was gone down the steps.

For that, and for his long career as a most worthy adversary, Mets fans stood and applauded.

"Can't say enough about the fans in New York this year. They've been awfully supportive both in person, out on the field, on Twitter," Jones said. "I'm very appreciative to them for that."

In the ninth, pinch runner Reed Johnson made it to third before Michael Bourn struck out, flinging his bat and helmet in rage after the inning ended. Jones walked on four pitches, including a 3-0 splitter thrown by Francisco.

"I didn't want to pitch around him, but I didn't want to leave anything right there," Francisco said. "Even 3-0 I throw a split because I know he was ready to swing on 3-0. I can see it. Even 3-0 I throw a split, he flinched."

Martin Prado led off the 10th with a single against Bobby Parnell (4-4). After Jason Heyward grounded out, Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked. Dan Uggla worked a walk before McCann hit a sacrifice fly.

Peter Moylan pitched the bottom half of the inning for his first save of the season. Craig Kimbrel (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the NL wild-card leaders.

Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty got Wright to ground out on a full count with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and runners on first and third.

Braves starter Tommy Hanson remained winless in five starts since a victory over Miami on July 30. He's 0-3 since then and has only made it out of the sixth inning in one of those starts.

Hanson's day ended when Wright hit a double into the left-field corner to tie it at 2 in the sixth. It started off with much more promise - Hanson retired the first 10 batters he faced.

McCann led off the sixth with his 20th home run for a 2-1 lead.

The Mets took the lead on Ike Davis' RBI single in the fourth, but Atlanta answered when Bourn singled home Jose Constanza in the fifth.

Mets starter Chris Young allowed five hits and four walks in six innings, striking out seven. He is 0-4 in seven starts at Citi Field this season.

"It was a tough loss, tough series," Young said. "It's frustrating on days when I don't come through, like days like today."

Notes

  • Jones will get another chance to torment the Mets. The Braves host them in a series later this month.
  • Wright is set to visit a New York firehouse to remember Sept. 11 for the eighth year in a row. On Monday, he plans to visit Squad 18 in Greenwich Village, along with Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.
  • Braves LHP Mike Minor is set to go against RHP Wily Peralta on Monday in Milwaukee.
  • Mets RHP Colin McHugh is scheduled to face Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez on Monday at Citi Field.
 
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Brian McCann comes up big for the Braves, connecting for a home run while also driving in the winning run.  (AP)
Brian McCann comes up big for the Braves, connecting for a home run while also driving in the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

D. Murphy
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5021011 .283
Martin Prado, SS-3B4110001 .296
Jason Heyward, RF3000201 .275
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000202 .262
Dan Uggla, 2B4010113 .215
Brian McCann, C4112011 .231
Juan Francisco, 3B4000041 .243
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   a- Lyle Overbay, PH1000012 .280
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
Jose Constanza, LF2110110 .250
   b- Chipper Jones, PH0000100 .297
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF0000000 .305
Tommy Hanson, P3000023 .022
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Hinske, PH1000001 .202
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .188
Totals34363711  
a-struck out for Kimbrel in the 10th
b-walked for Constanza in the 9th
c-grounded out for O'Flaherty in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (25, C. Young), Jose Constanza (2, C. Young)
HR - Brian McCann (20, C. Young)
SF - Brian McCann (3)
SH - Martin Prado (3)
RBI - Michael Bourn (56), Brian McCann 2 (64)
SB - Michael Bourn (39, 2nd base off C. Young/Thole)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Freeman-Prado, Uggla-Prado-Freeman
E - Freddie Freeman (8, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson 5.2422150 4.35
Jonny Venters 1.1100010 3.24
Eric O'Flaherty 1100010 1.99
Craig Kimbrel (W,1-1) 1100020 1.18
Peter Moylan (S,1) 1100110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 70-46, Jonny Venters 7-7, Eric O'Flaherty 21-15, Craig Kimbrel 21-15, Peter Moylan 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-5, Jonny Venters 1-1, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-0, Peter Moylan 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 21, Jonny Venters 4, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Craig Kimbrel 4, Peter Moylan 5
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Baxter, RF3000010 .272
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-RF2000022 .265
Daniel Murphy, 2B4230110 .290
David Wright, 3B5011005 .313
Ike Davis, 1B4021011 .227
    Jason Bay, PR-LF0000000 .165
Lucas Duda, LF-1B4010022 .240
Justin Turner, SS3000021 .282
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Kelly Shoppach, C1000011 .254
Andres Torres, CF3000101 .223
Josh Thole, C2000001 .237
   b- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000000 .275
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   c- Jordany Valdespin, PH1010000 .244
Chris Young, P1000000 .107
   d- Fred Lewis, PH1000000 .000
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
    Ruben Tejada, SS1000000 .290
Totals36282210  
a-struck out for Baxter in the 8th
b-flied out for Thole in the 8th
c-singled for Parnell in the 10th
d-grounded out for C. Young in the 6th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy 2 (35, Hanson, Hanson), David Wright (38, Hanson)
SH - Ruben Tejada (2)
RBI - David Wright (80), Ike Davis (78)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (30), Ike Davis (27)
SB - Jason Bay (5, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann), Andres Torres (11, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Jordany Valdespin (8, 3rd base off Moylan/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young 6522471 4.39
Josh Edgin 1.1000000 3.52
Jon Rauch 0.2000010 2.88
Frank Francisco 1000120 5.36
Bobby Parnell (L,4-4) 1111210 2.98
IBB - Constanza by Chris Young, Freeman by Bobby Parnell
WP - Frank Francisco (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 97-56, Josh Edgin 11-7, Jon Rauch 9-7, Frank Francisco 24-14, Bobby Parnell 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-8, Josh Edgin 1-3, Frank Francisco 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 27, Josh Edgin 4, Jon Rauch 2, Frank Francisco 4, Bobby Parnell 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23161
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez