Simmons, Gattis, Medlen lead Braves past Mets

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2013 at 10:19 pm •  Published: September 3, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Gattis is starting to get his groove back for the Atlanta Braves.

After playing three games in the minor leagues to correct his swing, Gattis returned to the majors and made an immediate impact.

"I felt fixed before leaving," Gattis said. "It's good to go there and really kind of put it into action. It was good to have a good night."

Kris Medlen pitched seven strong innings while Gattis and Andrelton Simmons homered to help the Atlanta Braves win their second straight game with a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

The Braves have won 20 of 24 at Turner Field to improve the major leagues' best home record to 51-19.

Gattis, who was recalled earlier in the day after a three-game stint at Triple-A Gwinnett, tied it at 1-all with his 16th homer in the seventh.

After Mets starter Carlos Torres (3-3) walked Dan Uggla on nine pitches, Simmons hit his 13th homer to make it 3-1.

Medlen (12-12) allowed seven hits and one run while striking out nine.

Closer Craig Kimbrel converted his 34th straight save opportunity and improved to 44 for 47 this season. He struck out Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker, allowed a single to Omar Quintanilla and retired pinch-hitter Justin Turner on a groundout.

New York has dropped three straight and nine of 13.

Torres gave up seven hits, three runs and one walk. He tied career highs with six strikeouts and seven innings pitched.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on Daniel Murphy's RBI double with one out, but Medlen limited the damage on Josh Satin's groundout and Lucas Duda's strikeout.

In the seventh, New York manager Terry Collins let Torres bat with runners at first and third, but the pitcher struck out.

Torres lost the lead in the bottom half of the inning, unable to finish off Gattis and Uggla when both hitters fell behind with 0-2 counts.

"Look where he was in that point in the game, and he was cruising," Collins said. "They're dangerous so you can't make any mistakes. He gave us a chance. We just couldn't put up any runs."

Medlen erased the first two runners in scoring position — Eric Young Jr. in the first and Duda in the fourth.

After Young tripled over Gattis' head in left field in the sixth and scored on Murphy's double, Medlen escaped further damage when Josh Satin grounded out and Duda took a called third strike.



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