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Pair of Wright homers, Mets bullpen help take down Braves 4-3

ATLANTA -- David Wright hit two solo home runs and five relievers combined for 5 scoreless innings as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Thursday night.

Wright hit his 10th and 11th home runs, making him the first player in team history to have double-digit home runs in 10 straight seasons. It was the 20th multiple homer game of Wright's career and gave him 32 against the Braves in his career.

The Mets' bullpen was called into action when starter Jonathon Niese left the game with discomfort in his left shoulder with one out in the third inning. Niese, who has been dealing with tendinitis in his shoulder, motioned to the dugout after making his 61st pitch and immediately left the game.

The combination of David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins (2-0), Brandon Lyon, Josh Edgin and Bobby Parnell allowed the Braves only five hits. Parnell pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

Atlanta had tagged Niese for eight hits but got only two runners in scoring position against the relievers.

The losing pitcher was Mike Minor (8-3), who allowed four earned runs for the second straight start. Minor gave up nine hits, including a pinch-hit homer to Andrew Brown, and struck out five.

The Mets scored the go-ahead run in the seventh when Omar Quintanilla and pinch-hitter Josh Satin hit back-to-back doubles.

The Mets opened the scoring in the first inning when Wright connected for a long home run against Minor.

The Braves evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Tyler Pastornicky and Jason Heyward led off with singles, and Pastornicky took third when Freddie Freeman hit a long fly to center. Justin Upton drove home the run when he fisted an inside pitch into right field for a single.

Atlanta scored twice with two outs in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Chris Johnson hit an RBI double down the left field line and Gerald Laird followed with a run-scoring single to center.

The Mets made it 3-2 when Wright led off the fourth with a homer, his 11th. New York then loaded the bases but failed to score. The Braves ended the inning by turning a double play on a ball that Quintanilla hit sharply to the mound. Minor threw home for the force, and Laird fired to first to complete the double play.

New York tied the score when Brown led off the fifth with his first career pinch-homer. Brown was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday when pitcher Scott Atchison went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right groin.

Notes: Atlanta started Pastornicky at second base and gave Dan Uggla a rest. Pastornicky batted leadoff, the sixth different player to hit there for the Braves this season. Pastornicky was recalled Tuesday as a roster replacement when C/INF Evan Gattis went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique. ... On Wednesday, the Mets returned RHP Zack Wheeler to minor leagues, since he was officially the 26th player on the roster for Tuesday's doubleheader. However, Wheeler will be recalled to start Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Manager Terry Collins said the club would stick with a six-man rotation through the All-Star break.

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