Misery Times 2 for Mets
By HOWIE RUMBERG AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Julio Teheran gave flashes of his vast potential
in earning his first big league win and the Atlanta Braves, using a
lineup with Chipper Jones starting as the No. 2 hitter for the
first time in 15 years, beat the New York Mets 5-1 Thursday night
to complete a sweep of a doubleheader made necessary by the threat
of Hurricane Irene.
Jones had a sacrifice fly and RBI double in the nightcap and a
solo homer and a double in the opener, a 6-5 victory for Atlanta.
The Braves were making a quick stop in New York to play two games
postponed Aug. 27-28 after being handed their first three-game
sweep of the season, by the Phillies.
The Braves next head to St. Louis for a crucial series with the
team they lead in the wild-card race by 71/2 games. Only several
hundred fans were on hand to see the start of the twinbill at 4:10
p.m. A few thousand more sat through a misty rain in the nightcap,
though the announced attendance was 25,953.
Teheran (1-1) gave a performance more in line with his minor
league credentials than his first two big league starts in May. The
International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher and Rookie of the Year
went 15-3 for Triple-A Gwinnett, but he gave up a combined five
runs in 8 2-3 innings for the Braves earlier this year for a 5.19
This time, he gave up two hits to start the first and a
sacrifice fly then little more in 5 1-3 innings. He left after
walking two with one out in the sixth but Cristhian Martinez
retired two in row to end New York’s best threat. He yielded five
Dan Uggla had an RBI single in the first, driving in Michael
Bourn two outs after the speedster reached on Jose Reyes’ fielding
error at shortstop. Catcher David Ross had an RBI single in the
fifth off Dillon Gee (12-6) and a homer in the ninth to
straightaway center. Jones drove in a run when his sinking liner
was caught by a diving Jason Bay in the seventh and doubled after
Bourn tripled in the ninth.
Bay hit a grand slam off Mike Minor (5-2) in the opener and had
a sacrifice fly in the finale, both coming in the first inning. The
Mets had won 10 of 13 coming in and had a chance to pull to .500 in
the opener but are now 70-73.
Valentino Pascucci singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth
inning of the night game for his first major league at-bat since
the Montreal Expos’ final game in 2004, the 32-year-olds only
season in the big leagues until his callup this September. His hit
put runners on first and second, but Jack Wilson, who entered in a
double switch, made a run-saving diving stop of Nick Evans sharp
grounder to end the inning and keep the score 3-2.
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez tried shaking up his scuffling
club, losers of five of six over all coming in, by stacking his top
on-base percentage guys up front, and his squad, with Jones
starting as the No. 2 batter for first time since 1996, responded
in the opener.
Cleanup hitter Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double and Martin
Prado had an RBI single in the first. They each had three hits.
Jason Heyward had the go-ahead hit, an RBI single in the third off
Chris Schwinden (0-1), making his major league debut. Jones tied it
with his 48th homer against the Mets leading off the third, his
most against any opponent.
Reyes led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Craig
Kimbrel, but the closer extended his rookie record by retiring the
next three for his 43rd save.
In the opener, a matchup of young starters got off to a rough
start. Minor settled down first, though.
Schwinden gave up three runs with two outs in the first. Making
his 12th start this year, Minor was tagged for a two-out grand slam
in the bottom half. He was nicked for just four more hits in five
innings while Schwinden gave up two more runs and left trailing 5-4
after throwing 100 pitched in his five.
The Braves scored a run in the eighth with a single, two walks
and a hit batter to make it 6-4. The run was needed, because Nick
Evans hit a sacrifice fly off Jonny Venters in the bottom half.
After Minor got two easy flyouts to start his outing, Lucas Duda
singled, David Wright doubled and Angel Pagan walked. Bay followed
with his second grand slam of the season and fourth of his career.
NOTES: Mets ace Johan Santana (shoulder) will make his second
rehab start Friday with Class-A Savannah in a playoff game. The
lefty threw three scoreless innings for Class-A St. Lucie in late
July but was shut down because of fatigue in the surgically
repaired shoulder. … Mets longtime spokesman Jay Horwitz broke
his ankle Thursday and will have surgery on Monday. … Gonzalez
said Tommy Hanson (shoulder tendinitis) could throw off a mound
this weekend. Gonzalez said Hanson was progressing nicely. … Mets
reliever Bobby Parnell turned 27. … The Braves swept the Mets in
a doubleheader April 16, a makeup from a rainout a day earlier. …
Freeman set a Braves rookie record for hits in a season when he
singled in the third inning of the opener for his 147th knock. Ron
Gant had 146 in 1988.
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