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Mets 7, Braves 4

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Dillon Gee stayed positive despite his tough spring for the New York Mets.

The type of outing he had Monday against the Atlanta Braves should make him feel even better.

Gee pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Mets topped the Braves 7-4. Gee had allowed 11 earned runs in his previous two starts and missed the second half of last season with a blood clot in his right shoulder.

"I've never gotten caught up in spring training," Gee said. "I am just trying to be aggressive. To do well in a big lineup like I did today makes me feel good."

Even though Gee allowed five earned runs in four innings in his last outing against the Houston Astros, Mets manager Terry Collins felt the right-hander turned a corner during that rocky outing.

"He got hit in that last inning, but he finished strong," Collins said. "He came back to the dugout after it was over and said, `I'm back.' He showed that today."

Gee went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts last season and is being counted on to be a mainstay in the starting rotation this season.

"I've been pitching well this spring and had some good bullpens, but it isn't what it is until you have to face a real batter," Gee said. "It's coming around."

Gee is convinced that he simply needs to stop overthinking his pitches.

"I have been thinking too much out there," Gee said. "That's when I start to struggle. There's too much on my mind, so I just decided to be aggressive and just let it go. I have to keep it all out of my head and see what happens."

Meanwhile, Mike Minor allowed five runs in five innings for the Braves as his ERA climbed to 6.26. He also walked two and allowed three home runs.

Minor has been hit hard this spring and allowed homers to Andrew Brown, Jamie Hoffmann, and Collin Cowgill. Minor is scheduled for one more start before the team breaks camp. He said he isn't worried about his spring struggles.

"I think I did better today than I have been," Minor said. "I just threw a few that went straight and they ended up going straight out of the ballpark."

Minor said he brought a new attitude to camp this year and that his struggles aren't getting to him.

"I feel like I'm a whole different pitcher than I was last year," said Minor, who went 11-10 for the Braves in 2012. "If I got hit like this last spring, it would have been completely different. This year, I am just thinking about the next pitch."

Cowgill and Hoffman each had two hits for New York.

Jason Heyward and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers off of Robert Carson for the Braves. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who has been hit hard this spring, pitched a scoreless inning.

Notes: Jeremy Hefner will start for the Mets on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals. ... OF Matt den Dekker was sent to New York after breaking his right wrist in Sunday's game. ... Collins said he still hasn't made any decision on the makeup of his bullpen, but he isn't committed to having two or more lefties. ... SS Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 with a walk and saw his average drop to .085. Collins said he isn't overly concerned. "Be careful how much you make out of spring training," Collins said. "It's what happens under the bright lights that counts." ... Tim Hudson will start for the Braves on Tuesday against Detroit. Minor leaguer Shawn Hill will start for the Tigers. ... The Braves lead National League teams in hits this spring with 318. ... The Braves reassigned IF Blaine DeWitt, OF Jordan Parraz, and OF Joe Terdoslavich to minor league camp, and optioned C Christian Bethancourt to Double-A Mississippi.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Gee
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS2100100 .085
   a- Omar Quintanilla, PH-SS1111000 .244
Justin Turner, 2B3000001 .308
   b- Josh Rodriguez, PH-2B2010010 .333
Collin Cowgill, CF2222100 .333
   c- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH0000100 .045
    Robert Carson, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Pena, C1000001 .000
Zach Lutz, 1B4010022 .304
   d- Eric Campbell, PH-1B1001000 .000
Andrew Brown, RF2112010 .244
   e- Mike Baxter, PH-RF2000101 .190
Landon Powell, C4010013 .214
    Jeffrey Walters, P0000000 .000
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
Jamie Hoffmann, LF2121000 .250
   f- Jordany Valdespin, PH-LF1000110 .327
Brian Bixler, 3B4000011 .268
Dillon Gee, P2000001 .000
   g- Corey Patterson, PH-CF2110000 .500
Totals35710757  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Tejada in the 7th
b-struck out for Turner in the 7th
c-walked for Cowgill in the 7th
d-grounded out for Lutz in the 9th
e-flied out for Brown in the 6th
f-walked for Hoffmann in the 6th
g-tripled for Gee in the 7th
Batting
3B - Corey Patterson (1, Varvaro)
HR - Collin Cowgill (4, Minor), Andrew Brown (1, Minor), Jamie Hoffmann (3, Minor)
SF - Omar Quintanilla (1)
RBI - Omar Quintanilla (5), Collin Cowgill 2 (8), Eric Campbell (1), Andrew Brown 2 (7), Jamie Hoffmann (8)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew Brown 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bixler-Turner-Lutz
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (W,1-1) 6200070 5.68
Robert Carson (H,3) 0.1222002 5.40
Jeffrey Walters (H,1) 1.2200110 0.00
Greg Burke 1322110 5.84
WP - Jeffrey Walters (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 33-33, Robert Carson 3-3, Jeffrey Walters 12-8, Greg Burke 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 2-8, Greg Burke 2-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 19, Robert Carson 3, Jeffrey Walters 7, Greg Burke 7
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000010 .250
    Ramiro Pena, SS0000100 .250
Jason Heyward, RF3121010 .258
    Jose Constanza, LF1000012 .231
Justin Upton, LF3111001 .297
    Tyler Pastornicky, 2B1000000 .375
Freddie Freeman, 1B3010001 .343
    William Beckwith, 1B1110000 .333
B.J. Upton, CF3010011 .368
    Jordan Schafer, PR-CF1110000 .241
Dan Uggla, 2B3000020 .214
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Russell, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Francisco, PH1011000 .344
Chris Johnson, 3B3010010 .373
    Kyle Kubitza, 3B0000100 .000
Evan Gattis, C4001001 .358
    Matthew Lipka, PR0000000 .000
Mike Minor, P1000000 .250
    Anthony Varvaro, P1000010 .000
    Cole McCurry, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, RF2000013 .204
Totals3449429  
a-doubled for Russell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Francisco (3, G. Burke)
HR - Jason Heyward (4, Carson), Justin Upton (6, Carson)
RBI - Jason Heyward (6), Justin Upton (19), Juan Francisco (13), Evan Gattis (15)
SB - Matthew Lipka (1, 2nd base off G. Burke/Pena)
CS - Jordan Schafer (4, 2nd base by Walters/Pena)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Uggla
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor (L,2-1) 5655233 6.26
Anthony Varvaro 1.2211230 4.63
Cole McCurry 0.1000100 0.00
Craig Kimbrel 1000010 6.43
Andrew Russell 1211000 4.50
WP - Mike Minor 3 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 48-30, Anthony Varvaro 21-13, Cole McCurry 5-1, Craig Kimbrel 5-5, Andrew Russell 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 1-10, Andrew Russell 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 22, Anthony Varvaro 9, Cole McCurry 2, Craig Kimbrel 3, Andrew Russell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 9477
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Andy Fletcher