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New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner (2) tumbles over Atlanta Braves' David Ross after forcing Ross out at second and throwing to first to out Braves' Alex Gonzalez for a double play in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner (2) tumbles over Atlanta Braves’ David Ross after forcing Ross out at second and throwing to first to out Braves’ Alex Gonzalez for a double play in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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By HOWIE RUMBERG     The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dan Uggla extended his career-best hitting
streak to 26 games with a two-run single in the eighth inning, Tim
Hudson pitched seven stellar innings and the Atlanta Braves beat
the New York Mets 4-1 on Friday night.

Rookie Freddie Freeman doubled twice to run his hitting streak
to 19 games, a personal best. Hudson (11-7) allowed three hits in
helping the Braves hand the Mets their fifth straight loss.
Jose Constanza had an RBI triple and Michael Bourn a sacrifice
fly for Atlanta off R.A. Dickey (5-10). Constanza made two
acrobatic catches on drives by Jose Reyes in left field and Jason
Heyward made a diving grab on Daniel Murphy’s drive in right.

The Mets have not scored more than three runs during the skid
that dropped them below .500 for the first time since July 18. More
pressing, New York fell nine games behind the wild card-leading
Braves.

They put runners on first and second against Jonny Venters in
the eighth but came up empty. Craig Kimbrel was perfect in the
ninth for his 33rd save.

Hudson did not allow more than three runs for his 11th straight
start, improving to 7-2 in that span. On June 5 he gave up five
runs against the Mets.

He retired nine straight after David Wright’s RBI double high
off the wall in left-center. Angel Pagan’s two-out walk in the
fourth ended that stretch, and Jason Bay’s ground-rule double and
Lucas Duda being hit with a pitch loaded the bases.

Josh Thole then popped out, falling to 1 for 9 with the bases
full and two outs.

Despite another sold outing, Dickey lost his 10th game for the
first time in his career. Other than a shaky third, the
knuckleballer gave the Braves little opportunity to break open the
game.

In the sixth, Martin Prado singled with one out and moved to
third on Freeman’s double. But Uggla struck out with a mighty cut
and was 0 for 3 against Dickey _ he dropped to 0 for 18 against him
for his career. Heyward grounded to short to end the threat.
Dickey gave up five hits and two runs. He struck out five
without walking a batter.

Uggla got his two-run single off Ryota Igarashi in the eighth.
Duda hit a drive leading off the seventh that got a rise out of
the crowd at Citi Field but it fell into Heyward’s glove just in
from of the wall in right-center of the expansive ballpark.
Getting the call from the minors last week when Nate McLouth
went on the disabled list, Constanza ripped a liner into
right-center that drove in Alex Gonzalez for the first run.

Constanza stumbled around third when he was held up at the last
second for a triple.

McLouth had sports hernia surgery on Thursday and will be out at
least six weeks, offering Constanza steady playing time.
Bourn hit a sacrifice fly to left for the 2-1 lead.

Notes: The Mets wore blue jerseys with “Los Mets” written
across the chest in honor of Fiesta Latina Night. … Braves 3B
Chipper Jones (tight right quadriceps) was held out of the Braves
lineup for one more game. He said he was ready to play but Atlanta
held him out as a precaution. Jones should start Saturday. He will
rest Sunday because he’s been limited to pinch-hitting duties since
returning from arthroscopic surgery on June 25. … Mets 1B Ike
Davis (bone bruise, left ankle) is likely done for the season. Out
since getting hurt May 10, Davis will stop running for four weeks
before being reevaluated. … Braves OF Eric Hinske turned 34
Friday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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