published Friday, June 21st, 2013

Wright's two shots spark 4-3 Mets win

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, back right, avoids Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton (8) while turning a a double play on a B.J. Upton ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, back right, avoids Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton (8) while turning a a double play on a B.J. Upton ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA — David Wright hit two solo homers, New York's bullpen pitched five-plus scoreless innings and the Mets overcame an injury to starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Niese left the game in the fourth with left shoulder discomfort and the Mets trailing 3-2, but the Mets' bullpen shut down Atlanta for the next 5 2/3 innings.

Closer Bobby Parnell earned his 11th save in 14 chances by facing the minimum in the ninth, retiring Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton on groundouts and B.J. Upton on a lineout.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-0), New York's third pitcher, earned the victory after allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings.

The Mets have won four of six games, thanks in part to a bullpen that's 1-0 with a 1.55 ERA in the last nine.

Mike Minor (8-3) allowed nine hits, four runs and two walks in six-plus innings for Atlanta. The left-hander struck out six.

Wright, who went 3-for-4, has 32 homers against Atlanta, his most against any opponent, including 18 at Turner Field. The Mets third basman is hitting .407 with four homers and eight RBIs since June 5. It was his 20th multihomer game and second this season.

Atlanta used four singles in the third to go ahead 3-1. Chris Johnson's single scored Freeman from second and moved Justin Upton to third. Gerald Laird's single drove in Upton.

Those runs came off Niese, who winced in the fourth after making a pitch to Tyler Pastornicky. Niese motioned to the dugout that he was hurt and was done for the night after manager Terry Collins visited the mound.

Niese gave up eight hits and three runs with five strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.

Wright gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first with his 10th homer and led off the fourth with his 11th to cut Atlanta's lead to 3-2.

After Wright's second homer, New York loaded the bases with no out, but Minor escaped the jam on Juan Lagares' flyout and Omar Quintanilla's double-play grounder.

Andrew Brown's pinch-hit homer to lead off the Mets' fifth tied to score at 3.

David Aardsma replaced Niese and pitched out of a jam with runners on second and first when Justin Upton lined out. After Hawkins faced four batters in the fifth and four in the sixth, Brandon Lyon faced the minimum in the seventh.

The Mets took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh. Omar Quintanilla doubled on the 10th pitch he saw from Minor and scored from second when pinch-hitter Josh Satin doubled down the right-field line to chase Minor.

Jordan Walden got the next six outs, facing the minimum, for Atlanta.

In the eighth against Lyon, Andrelton Simmons reached with one out on Wright's fielding error and advanced to third on Pastornicky's broken-bat single to right.

Josh Edgin ended the threat when Jason Heyward grounded out.

Luis Avilan faced the minimum for Atlanta in the ninth.

Braves third baseman Johnson committed three errors, including two on the same play in the ninth.

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