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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Braves 8, Mets 2

By Matt Ehalt



NEW YORK -- Here's a quick look at the Atlanta Braves' 8-2 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night:

Atlanta starter Tim Hudson was carted off the field in the eighth inning after being stepped on at first base by Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr.

Atlanta hit three homers off Mets starter Jeremy Hefner to build an early 6-0 lead.

Ugly play: Young hit a chopper to first that bounced off Freddie Freeman's chest. Freeman recovered and tossed the ball to Hudson at first for the out, but Young stepped right on the lower part of Hudson's ankle/heel. Hudson went right to the ground after the contact.

Immediately after Young stepped on Hudson, he checked on the veteran right-hander, and Young stayed out on the field the whole time with Hudson until he was carted off. Hudson was cruising through Wednesday's game before the collision, as he went 7 2/3 innings and gave up just two runs on four hits. Both runs scored after he departed, as Daniel Murphy hit a two-run double off reliever Luis Avilan.

Bad Hef: Hefner lasted just 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday, and has now thrown a total of 6 1/3 innings in his first two starts since the All-Star break. Atlanta only collected six hits against him, but half them left the park, with Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons each hitting blasts to left field. Hefner entered the All-Star break with the best ERA in the majors dating back to June 4, but those days are far behind him.

Ouch: In the fourth inning, David Wright was hit in the head on his follow-through. The bat broke as Wright swung, but it did not splinter into two halves, and it connected with him. Wright bent over near the plate as the Braves turned a double play, and manager Terry Collins and head trainer Ray Ramirez came out to check on Wright. He stayed in the game and finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Saved by Germen: Gonzalez Germen entered in relief of Hefner and tossed 2 2/3 shutout innings. Germen didn't allow a hit and only walked one batter as he helped prevent the bullpen from being overworked. Germen has been pitching quite well lately, and could be working himself into more meaningful innings moving forward.

Up next: The Mets will try to split the series with the Braves as Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.58 ERA) faces Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45) at 12:10 p.m. Thursday.