By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) _ Jair Jurrjens couldn’t slow Jose Reyes, who had
three hits, two steals, an RBI and scored two runs to lead the New
York Mets to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Jurrjens (8-3), who began the night with the best ERA in the
majors at 1.82, set season highs with five walks while allowing
eight hits and four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Reyes’ 34th multihit game _ tops in the majors _ helped Jonathon
Niese (6-5) win his third straight decision. Niese allowed two runs
on five hits and no walks in 6 1-3 innings.
Dan Uggla’s homer off Jason Isringhausen in the eighth cut the
Mets’ lead to 4-3. Chipper Jones followed with a long drive that a
leaping Carlos Beltran caught in front of the right-field wall.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save as
the Mets won for the eighth time in 12 games.
Reyes led off the game with an infield hit and then, slipping in
the thick, wet dirt beside first base, barely made it back to the
bag on two pickoff attempts from Jurrjens. First base umpire Bill
Miller and crew chief Tom Hallion called for dry dirt to be added
to the base path, too soggy from pregame watering.
Reyes then stole second and scored on Beltran’s single to
Reyes and Willie Harris had singles in the third before
advancing with a double-steal. Jurrjens’ walk to Daniel Murphy
loaded the bases. Angel Pagan’s single to right drove in Reyes, and
Harris scored on Lucas Duda’s flyball to center for a 3-1 lead.
Reyes, hitting .346, added a run-scoring single off Jurrjens in
Joe Mather singled in David Ross in the second for Atlanta. Ross
knocked Niese out of the game with a run-scoring double in the
Jurrjens has allowed more than two runs in only two of his 12
starts this season _ both against the Mets. The right-hander gave
up four runs, three earned, in a 5-0 loss at New York on June 4.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth with
two walks and a hit batter before striking out Ruben Tejada to end
First baseman Freddie Freeman was scratched from Atlanta’s
lineup with a mild right oblique strain, leaving the Braves without
five regulars. Three starting outfielders _ Jason Heyward, Nate
McLouth and Martin Prado _ are on the disabled list. Catcher Brian
McCann didn’t start, but remained in the game after striking out as
a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Freeman is listed as day to day.
Notes: Mets 3B Justin Turner is expected to miss a couple of
days with swelling in his right hand. Turner said he hurt his hand
when he was jammed at the plate. Murphy started at third base. …
Manager Terry Collins said he didn’t start slumping OF Jason Bay
because right-handed hitters struggle against Jurrjens. Collins
didn’t commit to Bay returning to the lineup Wednesday. … After
striking out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, Diory Hernandez
remained in the game to play first base for the first time in three
seasons. … Heyward, with Triple-A Gwinnett on a rehab assignment,
could return from his right shoulder injury as soon as Wednesday.
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