Atlanta 3, NY Mets 0

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 7, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Citi Field
Temperature - 81°
Umpires - Home Plate - Gerry Davis, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi,
Attendance - 24071

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 1
NY Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 79-60 40-32 39-28 W3
NY Mets 65-73 30-36 35-37 L1

Recap

Braves 3, Mets 0: Paul Maholm and five relievers combined on Atlanta's third consecutive shutout and Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla hit home runs as visiting Atlanta claimed the opener of a three-game series between the National League East rivals.

The Braves had not scored more than one run in a game since Monday. They have plated two earned runs in their past four games but have won three of those games via shutout.

Atlanta pulled within 6 1/2 games of NL East-leading Washington, which lost to Miami on Friday, and opened a 4 1/2-game lead atop the wild card standings.

Maholm (12-9) allowed five hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings, striking out six and evening his record at 3-3 since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. The Braves bullpen allowed just two base runners the rest of the way, with Craig Kimbrel working around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 35th save. The Braves have recorded three straight shutouts for the first time since September 2002. 

Heyward blasted a 3-2 fastball from Jon Niese (10-9) to right-center for his 25th homer to open the scoring in the fourth. The Braves added an unearned run in the seventh, when Uggla led off with a double, moved to third on catcher Kelly Shoppach's throwing error and scored on David Ross' sacrifice fly. Uggla's 18th home run made it 3-0 in the ninth.

Niese allowed one run on five hits over six innings to take the tough-luck loss. He has lost his last three starts. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Mets honored retiring Braves 3B Chipper Jones before the game. Jones is playing his final series at Citi Field. Jones, who went 0-for-4, is a career .312 hitter against the Mets and has 49 home runs against them, tied with Philadelphia for his most against any team. … The Braves are 4-for-38 with runners in scoring position over their past five games. … Maholm has not allowed a run in 15 1/3 innings against the Mets this season. … Kimbrel has pitched on three consecutive days for the first time since July 18-20. … Mets OF Andres Torres left after injuring his right knee while making a diving catch in the second inning.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Atlanta   NY Mets
Paul Maholm Player Jon Niese
Win W/L Loss
5.1 IP 6.0
6 Strikeouts 2
5 Hits 5
0.00 ERA 1.50
Hitting
Atlanta   NY Mets
Jason Heyward Player Jon Niese
2 Hits 1
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
5 TB 1
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Atlanta 7 2 14 .212 9 4 3 1 0 1
NY Mets 5 0 5 .152 28 11 0 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • NY Mets will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Mets have a W/L % of .477 after a win and .466 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against NY Mets. The Braves have a W/L % of .628 after a win and .492 after a loss.