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Atlanta (5-6) «1000101104121
N.Y. Mets (2-5)101000000281

Braves 4, Mets 2

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Hudson was pleased with his performance - when he was pitching out of jams.

With the bases empty, that's another story.

Hudson allowed six hits and a run while throwing 80 pitches over four innings Monday, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win over the New York Mets.

"About 75 of those 80 were stressful pitches," Hudson said.

Justin Upton and Chris Johnson each hit solo home runs for the Braves. Marlon Byrd drove in both runs for the Mets.

Hudson gave up a hit to the first or second batter in each inning and often found himself in tough spots.

"It was good work for me," Hudson said. "I was able to pretty much have big situation pitches a lot - every inning. I was able to work out of most of them and make a good pitch here and there. It was a great work day,

"I just wouldn't be happy with it at all if it was June," he said. "That's what spring training's for, I guess."

Hudson got some help from catching prospect Christian Bethancourt, who threw out two base runners. And Bethancourt nearly hit Hudson while throwing out Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill in the first inning.

"He's really good back there," Hudson said. "He threw out a couple guys, he almost threw me out once. He pulled a Benito Santiago on me from his knees. I thought I was low enough, but I wasn't. He's only going to get better."

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner, who could be in the mix for a rotation spot if Johan Santana starts the season on the disabled list, went three innings, allowing three hits - including Upton's homer - and struck out two.

"First and foremost, I want Johan to be healthy," Hefner said. "He's a leader of this team. If something happens and he's not able to go, then obviously that would maybe fall on my shoulders. I'm going to prepare to go out and give it my best whenever my name's called. And whatever happens with Johan will take of itself."

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Upton hit a high fastball well over the left field fence. Johnson, who went 3 for 3, connected in the seventh.

Byrd, a non-roster invitee, continued his strong spring, had a hit and is batting .400 in six Grapefruit League games.

"He's done a great job," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "One of the things I think, for sure, we're excited about seeing is his steadiness in the clubhouse and everything else, being a veteran guy. He did play winter ball until a week before spring training. That helps him coming in here, but I like a lot of the things I see."

NOTES: Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis had an MRI on his left knee and was diagnosed with a bone bruise. Collins said he should be back on the field in three to five days. Nieuwenhuis injured the knee sliding in a game Sunday. . Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler (mild oblique strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Johnson
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

M. Byrd
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reed Johnson, LF3000000 .190
    Jordan Schafer, CF2000013 .300
Jason Heyward, RF3000010 .250
    Jordan Parraz, RF1000000 .286
Justin Upton, DH2111100 .333
   a- Evan Gattis, PH-DH1110000 .444
B.J. Upton, CF3000011 .318
    Joe Terdoslavich, LF1010000 .647
Juan Francisco, 3B3010010 .333
    Joe Leonard, 3B1001000 .200
Chris Johnson, 1B3131000 .421
    Ernesto Mejia, 1B1000011 .200
Blake DeWitt, 2B4120011 .200
    Sean Kazmar, PR-2B0000000 .000
Tyler Pastornicky, SS3021001 .421
    Elmer Reyes, SS1000011 .000
Christian Bethancourt, C2000000 .250
    Matt Pagnozzi, C2010000 .286
Totals36412417  
a-singled for Upton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Blake DeWitt (2, Montero)
HR - Justin Upton (2, Hefner), Chris Johnson (2, Gorski)
RBI - Justin Upton (5), Joe Leonard (1), Chris Johnson (4), Tyler Pastornicky (7)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (2)
SB - Sean Kazmar (1, 2nd base off Parnell/Recker)
CS - Tyler Pastornicky (1, 2nd base by Montero/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Bethancourt-Francisco, Reyes-Kazmar-Mejia
PB - Matt Pagnozzi (1)
E - Blake DeWitt (2, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson 4622120 4.00
Luis Avilan 1000020 0.00
David Carpenter (W,1-0) 1000020 12.27
David Hale (H,1) 2100110 0.00
Alex Wood (S,1) 1100110 0.00
HBP - Davis (by Tim Hudson)
WP - David Hale (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 27-20, Luis Avilan 7-7, David Carpenter 7-7, David Hale 14-9, Alex Wood 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-3, Luis Avilan 1-0, David Hale 1-4, Alex Wood 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 18, Luis Avilan 3, David Carpenter 3, David Hale 8, Alex Wood 4
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt den Dekker, CF4110001 .188
    Juan Lagares, CF0000000 .200
Collin Cowgill, DH4010011 .450
Ike Davis, 1B2110010 .214
    Brandon Hicks, 1B1000010 .077
Marlon Byrd, RF2012000 .400
    Mike Baxter, RF1010000 .125
Lucas Duda, LF4000013 .176
Travis d'Arnaud, C3010020 .429
    Anthony Recker, C1010000 .500
Justin Turner, 2B2010001 .333
    Wilmer Flores, 2B2000010 .111
Zach Lutz, 3B1000101 .286
    Brian Bixler, 3B0000200 .333
Ruben Tejada, SS2000013 .182
    Wilfredo Tovar, SS2000002 .300
Totals3128238  
Batting
2B - Ike Davis (1, Hudson), Travis d'Arnaud (2, Hudson)
SF - Marlon Byrd (1)
RBI - Marlon Byrd 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd (1)
SB - Matt den Dekker (2, 2nd base off Hudson/Bethancourt)
CS - Collin Cowgill (1, 2nd base by Hudson/Bethancourt), Justin Turner (1, 3rd base by Hudson/Bethancourt)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lucas Duda 1
DP - Turner-Davis, Hicks-Tovar
E - Wilfredo Tovar (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hefner 3311021 3.68
Rafael Montero (BS,1) 2311010 4.50
Jeurys Familia 1000100 4.50
Darin Gorski (L,0-2) 1311021 9.00
Josh Edgin 1211010 4.50
Bobby Parnell 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hefner 17-16, Rafael Montero 11-11, Jeurys Familia 7-3, Darin Gorski 14-12, Josh Edgin 7-7, Bobby Parnell 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hefner 2-4, Rafael Montero 1-2, Jeurys Familia 1-2, Darin Gorski 1-0, Josh Edgin 1-1, Bobby Parnell 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hefner 11, Rafael Montero 7, Jeurys Familia 4, Darin Gorski 6, Josh Edgin 5, Bobby Parnell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 4012
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Sean Barber, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Chris Segal