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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Juan flashes power as Mets top Braves

By Adam Rubin


John Minchillo/Associated PressJuan Lagares' two-run homer in the fourth staked the Mets to a 3-1 lead.
NEW YORK -- Juan Lagares ended a 227-at-bat homerless drought Saturday. Now he has two long balls in his past three games.

Lagares' two-run shot against Alex Wood proved the difference as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, Tuesday at Citi Field.

Mets manager Terry Collins said hitting coach Lamar Johnson has been encouraging Lagares to pull the ball more.

"He's got more power than he's shown," Collins said.

The manager added: "When you coach him, it's applied."

Lagares now has four homers in 337 at-bats this season.

Still, Lagares' bread and butter is his fielding. And that was on display on multiple occasions Tuesday. That included lunging forward to grab Wood's sinking liner in the third.

"That's what he's getting paid for," Collins said.

Gee sharp: Dillon Gee, who limited Atlanta to two runs in 6 2/3 innings to notch his first win since July 9, said he did not feel like he had exceptional stuff Tuesday.

"I think I struggled with some of the breaking balls," Gee said. "The changeup was a big thing tonight. I was able to throw that behind in the count and get ahead with it, and kind of threw it when I needed to."

Needed relief: Collins revealed postgame that Vic Black and Josh Edgin had been unavailable. Collins made it sound as though Edgin's injury might linger for a day or two more. Edgin minimized his issue, saying his elbow needs a little rest.

Calf stuff: Daniel Murphy saw the doctor and has a mild calf strain, according to Collins. Murphy is day to day.