Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda homered to back
seven strong innings from Dillon Gee, as the New York Mets beat the NL East-
leading Atlanta Braves 5-2 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Gee (11-9), who also had an RBI, gave up one run on four hits while striking
out five for the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid. The right-hander has won
four of his last five decisions.
"My main goals coming out of spring training this year were to get to 200
innings and take the ball every time it was my turn," Gee said. "I've done
that so far."
Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer for the Braves, who had won eight of nine.
B.J. Upton added an RBI.
Atlanta starter Kameron Loe (0-2), making his first start since 2007 while
with Texas, allowed five runs on 11 hits while walking three over 4 1/3
The Mets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Daniel Murphy tripled
to right and scored on Brown's homer to left.
Atlanta put men on second and third with one out in the bottom half. Gee,
however, settled down and got Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird to go down
New York tacked on three more runs in the third. Duda led off with a homer to
right. Justin Turner and Travis d'Arnaud followed with back-to-back singles to
put men on the corners. Juan Lagares then grounded into a fielder's choice to
plate a run. Two batters later, Gee hit an RBI single to left-center field.
Gee was also cruising along on the mound, retiring seven straight batters
before running into some trouble in the fifth. Dan Uggla and Paul Janish hit
consecutive singles to put men on first and third. Upton's sacrifice fly cut
the gap to 5-1.
"He always gives us fits," Uggla said of Gee. "He just pounds the strike zone.
It seems like every time he comes here he pitches really good."
Freeman homered off Vic Black in the eighth to make it a 5-2 game.
LaTroy Hawkins tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save of the
The Braves went 10-9 against the Mets this season ... Gee improved to 4-4
lifetime against Atlanta ... The Braves were trying for their 13th series
sweep of the season ... Atlanta went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position
and stranded seven, while New York went 3-for-11 with RISP and left 11 men on
... The Mets had 12 hits, compared to seven for the Braves.
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