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Mets shut out by Braves

Associated Press Published: September 7, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — From the start, the New York Mets put plenty of runners on base against Paul Maholm.

Getting them home, that was the trouble.

Maholm and the Braves bullpen combined to give Atlanta three straight shutouts for the first time in exactly a decade, and the NL wild-card leaders beat the Mets 3-0 on Friday night.

The Mets were hitless in 10 tries with runners in scoring position, a persistent problem since the All-Star break.

"The thing we did so well when we had guys on base was to get two-out hits. But lately, we're not hitting. We're not hitting at all. And we haven't been able to get big hits here at home," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets lost their eighth straight series opener at Citi Field.

"You always hope your offense is going to give you what you need. Sometimes they give you a lot of runs. Sometimes you battle not to give up runs," starter Jonathon Niese said.

Ronny Cedeno led off the Mets first with a walk and Daniel Murphy followed with a solid single up the middle. But Maholm retired David Wright, Scott Hairston and Ike Davis in order, setting a tone for the whole game.

"He wiggled out of a lot of jams," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Coming off two 1-0 wins over Colorado, the Braves' staff stretched its scoreless streak to 28 innings. Atlanta last pitched three straight shutouts on Sept. 4-7, 2002, according to STATS LLC.

Jason Heyward hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning and Dan Uggla also connected.

This weekend marks Chipper Jones' last trip to New York to play the Mets, an opponent he has often wrecked in the past. The Mets presented the retiring 40-year-old star with a pricey piece of 3-D artwork as part of his farewell tour, while the crowd responded with its usual boos.

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