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ATLANTA -- Mike Minor wasn't sure if he will have another turn in the rotation, so he wanted to end the regular season impressively.
"I had a lot of nerves tonight," he said. "I don't think it was because of the crowd. It was like, `OK, this could possibly be my last start.' I don't know if I'll start again. I might come out of the bullpen, where ever they need me."
Chipper Jones, who played his next-to-last regular-season game at Turner Field, was hitless in four at-bats.
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Craig Kimbrel earned his 41st save of in 44 chances with a scoreless but shaky ninth.
The Braves have won six of seven and 11 of 15, but they are four games behind Washington in the National League East with four games to play. Washington beat St. Louis 6-4 in 10 innings on Saturday night.
One more Washington victory or Atlanta loss will eliminate the Braves from the division race and they will host a wild-card playoff game next Friday.
"Tonight was a good team win because we had a lot of guys come out of the bullpen, Martin had a couple big hits, we played some defense," Minor said. "We got the win tonight and also I'm not even anymore. I've got a winning record."
Kimbrel, one of the majors' hardest throwers, hit David Wright in the groin area. The ball ricocheted off Wright and hit home-plate umpire Paul Nauert in the mask. Trainers had to tend to both Wright and Nauert, who both stayed in the game.
Wright, who confirmed that an 88 mph slider hit him in a sensitive spot, was glad Kimbrel didn't throw his fastball, which hit 100 mph two pitches earlier.
"I'm lucky that he hit me with a slider," Wright said. "A fastball would've been a different story, obviously. Now I know what those catchers have to go through on a regular basis. I've got a little more respect for them now."
Minor (11-10) allowed three hits, no walks and struck out four, leaving after Wright's double in the seventh.
Prado leads the NL and ranks second in the majors with 60 multi-hit games.
Atlanta went ahead 1-0 in the first when Prado hit a one-out double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Heyward's RBI groundout.
In the third, Andrelton Simmons lined a leadoff single to left, moved to second on Minor's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Prado's two-out RBI double off the wall in left-center.
Minor, who allowed just two singles through six innings, improved to 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA over his last four starts, a span of 31 innings. The left-hander is 5-0 in his last seven starts.
In six career starts against the Mets, Minor is 3-1 and with a 6.03 ERA over 31 1/3 innings.
"I think the turning point of his season was the game against the Yankees at home," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "He came out and attacked them and trusted his stuff. I think once he got through the Yankees and showed himself he can do that, he can get through anything."
Chris Young (4-9) gave up seven hits, two runs and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings. The Mets have scored just four runs in his last four starts.
"In his last two starts, his velocity climbed," New York manager Terry Collins said. "It was up 3 to 4 mph, which I was very impressed with. He gets himself ready to pitch as well as anyone I've been around. Makes mistakes once and while but for the most part, he executes his pitches."
Jonny Venters allowed two singles in a scoreless eighth for Atlanta.
Kimbrel lowered his ERA to 1.02 and has 113 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings.
"That quality of arm, you won't see many like that, and that arm angle he throws from is very, very deceptive," Collins said. "It's very hard to pick up. He throws both of his pitches for strikes. And when it's [letters high], there's not many guys that can get on top of that pitch. There's no doubt he's one of the best in the league."
|Jason Heyward knocks in what would be the game's winning run for the Braves with a first-inning RBI ground out. (AP)|
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|Ruben Tejada, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Andres Torres, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.227|
|a- Daniel Murphy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.293|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.306|
|Scott Hairston, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.260|
|b- Ike Davis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.224|
|Lucas Duda, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.241|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.158|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Mike Nickeas, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.174|
|c- Kelly Shoppach, PH-C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Chris Young, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.129|
|Elvin Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Justin Turner, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Torres in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Hairston in the 9th|
|c-singled for Nickeas in the 8th|
|d-hit into fielder's choice for Ramirez in the 8th|
|2B - David Wright (41, Minor)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|New York Mets|
|Chris Young (L,4-9)||6||7||2||2||1||6||0||4.15|
|WP - Chris Young 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 104-72, Elvin Ramirez 12-9, Ramon Ramirez 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 6-6, Ramon Ramirez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Young 26, Elvin Ramirez 3, Ramon Ramirez 3|
|Jose Constanza, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.243|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.305|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.267|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.263|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Brian McCann, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.229|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||3||1||2||0||0||0||2||.294|
|Mike Minor, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.073|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Avilan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.194|
|Reed Johnson, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.287|
|a-struck out for Avilan in the 7th|
|2B - Martin Prado 2 (42, C. Young, C. Young)|
|SH - Mike Minor (4)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (69), Jason Heyward (80)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (28)|
|CS - Jose Constanza (2, 2nd base by Ramirez/Nickeas)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Simmons-Uggla-Freeman, Simmons-Uggla-Freeman|
|E - Dan Uggla (12, Misplayed grounder)|
|Mike Minor (W,11-10)||6.1||3||0||0||0||4||0||4.12|
|Chad Durbin (H,15)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.15|
|Luis Avilan (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.18|
|Jonny Venters (H,20)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.28|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,41)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.03|
|HBP - Wright (by Craig Kimbrel)|
|WP - Craig Kimbrel (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 88-62, Chad Durbin 3-2, Luis Avilan 5-3, Jonny Venters 7-5, Craig Kimbrel 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 8-6, Jonny Venters 2-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Minor 21, Chad Durbin 1, Luis Avilan 1, Jonny Venters 4, Craig Kimbrel 5|
|Attendance - 48310|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|