PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) _ New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey had his strongest performance of the spring in an 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Pelfrey, who will be the Mets’ starter on opening day at Florida, gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings and struck out four.

Pelfrey said he tweaked the delivery of his sinker since his last start, when he allowed seven runs in 3 1-3 innings against the Braves on Monday.

Braves starter Derek Lowe gave up six runs and seven hits in four innings. Two of the runs were unearned, and Atlanta committed five errors overall. Brooks Conrad, who had fielding problems in the playoffs last year, had trouble on grounders at third base and first base.

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


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