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Braves beat Mets in 10th on balk

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA -- D.J. Carrasco's balk in the 10th inning gave the Atlanta Braves 9-8 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night.

Diory Hernandez doubled with two outs in the 10th and took third after first baseman Lucas Duda mishandled Jordan Schafer's grounder.

With Jason Heyward at the plate, Carrasco (0-2) clearly stopped and then restarted his motion as he prepared to deliver a pitch. Plate umpire James Hoye called the balk as Heyward celebrated at the plate.

Chipper Jones had three hits, including a three-run homer, and matched his career high with five RBIs before leaving the game with a strained adductor muscle in his right leg.

Pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad hit a two-run shot in the ninth off Francisco Rodriguez, who hadn't blown a save since opening day.

New York had a chance to go above .500 for the first time since April 6. Instead, the Braves got their 13th final at-bat victory of the season.

Scott Linebrink (3-1) pitched the 10th inning before the Braves put pressure on in the bottom half, keeping the Mets from their first three-game sweep in Atlanta since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007.

The Mets trailed 6-2 before pulling even on Scott Hairston's tying, three-run homer off Scott Proctor in the fifth. New York took the lead off Jonny Venters in the seventh.

Venters gave up singles to Beltran and Jason Bay before walking Ronny Paulino to load the bases. Venters struck out Hairston on a wild pitch that skipped past catcher Brian McCann, allowing Beltran to score the go-ahead run.

Two Atlanta errors helped the Mets add to the lead off Venters in the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Angel Pagan reached on Jones' throwing error and scored from second on second baseman Dan Uggla's throwing error to first. Jones fielded Beltran's grounder and threw to Uggla at second to start a potential double play. Justin Turner's hard slide led to Uggla's wild throw to first, allowing Pagan to score.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey gave up six runs in four innings.

Jones hit a three-run homer off Dickey in the third. Heyward and Jones had run-scoring singles in the fourth to give Atlanta a 6-2 lead.

Braves rookie left-hander Mike Minor's control problems helped him blow the lead in the Mets' four-run fifth. Minor walked Turner and Beltran to open the inning before giving up Jason Bay's run-scoring single with one out before Proctor came on.

Minor gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings.

Note: Conrad's homer was his sixth as a pinch-hitter in his career and his second of the season. ... Braves RHP Tommy Hanson was scratched from Friday's scheduled start against Texas due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. RHP Randall Delgado will be recalled from Double-A Mississippi to make his major league debut. ... Atlanta RHP Brandon Beachy gave up one run on four hits in five innings for Triple-A Gwinnett in his first of two scheduled rehab starts as he recovers from a strained left oblique.