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WHAT IT MEANS: Jason Heyward’s solo homer in the fourth was the only damage surrendered by Jon Niese in six innings, but the Mets offered no support at the plate and the Atlanta Braves ultimately won, 3-0, at Citi Field on Friday night.
The Mets placed a pair of runners on base in four of the first six innings and failed to score each time. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position during the game.
OUCH: Andres Torres got his leg caught underneath him after ranging into right-center to catch Martin Prado’s second-inning line drive. Torres left the game. The team labeled it a left knee bruise. He was replaced by Jordany Valdespin in center field.
LAR-RRRYY: Greeted with a mixture of polite applause and boos, Chipper Jones went 0-for-4 in the opener of his final series at Citi Field. He struck out with the bases loaded for the second out of the top of the third.
Jones also committed a potentially costly error in the sixth inning, with Atlanta nursing a 1-0 lead. Braves starter Paul Maholm seemingly coaxed Jason Bay into an inning-ending double-play grounder to Jones, but the third baseman threw wide to second and the Mets had two on with one out.
The faux pas didn’t cost the Braves. Chad Durbin entered and struck out pinch hitter Justin Turner looking. Luis Avilan then entered and, after a passed ball advanced both runners into scoring position, Avilan coaxed Lucas Duda into an inning-ending groundout to first base. Duda was pinch hitting for Niese.
WELCOME BACK: Jenrry Mejia handled the final two innings, in his first major league action since Sept. 15, 2010, before Tommy John surgery. He surrendered a two-out solo homer in the ninth to Dan Uggla. Mejia is expected to enter the rotation later this month, with Matt Harvey due to be shut down after two more starts. Mejia had a 2.75 ERA as a starter and a 5.48 ERA as a reliever with Triple-A Buffalo this season.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) opposes right-hander Kris Medlen at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. The Braves have won Medlen’s past 18 starts, the longest streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 straight starts by Roger Clemens in 2000.
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