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Surging Mets beat sliding Braves 4-1

NEW YORK — Ike Davis’ RBI double in a three-run sixth inning Tuesday night gave the Mets the lead for good, and Carlos Torres earned his first win as a starter in almost four years in New York’s 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

The Mets (44-52) won for the eighth time in their last 12 games. The Braves (56-44) lost for the third time in their last four games.

John Buck had two hits for the Mets, including an RBI single in the sixth inning. David Wright also had two hits, while Juan Lagares had a double and capped the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly.

Dan Uggla had a pair of singles and Andrelton Simmons led off the game with a homer for the Braves, who never scored again off Torres (1-1) despite plenty of opportunities. The Braves went down in order just once and stranded seven runners — including six in scoring position — in Torres’ six innings.

Torres, who previously won as a starter on Sept. 3, 2009 when he threw seven scoreless innings for the Chicago White Sox in a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs, allowed the one run on seven hits and two walks Tuesday night while tying a career high with six strikeouts. He has a 0.94 ERA in 28 2/3 innings for the Mets since he was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 15.

Torres also hit a game-tying single in the third.

Bobby Parnell, who was saddled with a blown save and a loss when he allowed two runs in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 2-1 defeat against Atlanta on Monday, earned his 19th save Tuesday by striking out two in a perfect ninth.

The Mets made a winner out of Torres by chasing Braves starter Kris Medlen (6-10) with a four-hit flurry in the sixth. Daniel Murphy and Wright singled before Wright was forced at second when Braves third baseman Chris Johnson made a nice diving play of Marlon Byrd’s grounder.

Davis followed with an RBI double off the base of the right field wall to score Murphy. Buck then singled home Byrd to end Medlen’s night. Lagares greeted David Carpenter with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-1.

Medlen allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings.

Simmons gave the Braves an immediate lead when he homered to left on Torres’ second pitch. The Braves had three hits against Torres in the first but failed to add on to the lead when Jason Heyward ended the inning by getting thrown out at home trying to score from second on Evan Gattis’ single.

Medlen retired the first six batters before Lagares doubled leading off the third. Lagares went to third on Omar Quintanilla’s fly to center and scored on Torres’ single to left.

Notes: Mets manager Terry Collins said before the game that RHP Jenrry Mejia would be recalled from his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton to start the first game of Friday’s doubleheader against Washington. Mejia has been on the disabled list with a strained right elbow all year but is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts since joining Binghamton. … The Mets placed RHP Shaun Marcum on release waivers. Marcum is out for the year after undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, but the move saves the Mets $1 million in incentives Marcum would have reached by remaining on the DL for an injury unrelated to his right arm. Marcum went 1-10 this year with a 5.29 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts. … Though he is expected to miss at least two weeks with a left wrist contusion, Braves LHP Paul Maholm probably won’t officially be placed on the 15-day disabled list until Thursday, when Atlanta will recall LHP Alex Wood to take Maholm’s spot in the rotation. … Simmons’ leadoff homer was his third of the season and of his career. It was also the second leadoff homer against the Mets in the last four days. Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins homered on RHP Zack Wheeler’s fourth pitch Saturday.

Comments

kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

Get someone who can hit the ball. I stopped going months ago because they are repeating the same season over and over, no clutch hitting. Never seen a team leave so many men on the bases. They outhit the other team 2 to 1 and still can't score runs. The HR ball isn't going to make it to the playoffs.

Quit wasting our money on has-beens or guys the coaches can't coach. Maybe it IS the coaches.

More interesting at a G-Braves game.

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