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Braves 14, Mets 6

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ATLANTA -- The Braves slugged and slogged their way to a 14-6 win over the Mets Wednesday, taking the series 2-1 to atone for losing three straight in New York to open the season.

It was messy out there; a steady rain falling since dawn had water pooling on the warning track from the third inning on. That must have made right-hander R.A. Dickey's famous knuckle ball easier to see, slower or both, because the Braves teed off for three home runs, including the first one of the season for second baseman Dan Uggla, who was 0-for-24 versus Dickey entering that at-bat.

Freddie Freeman also hit his first homer and rookie third baseman Juan Francisco stroked his second. All three were two-run homers. Left fielder Martin Prado added a two-run double.

By the time the skies partially cleared, Dickey (2-1) had allowed eight earned runs, the most he'd given up since August, 2008.

The Mets had chances against right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who surrendered a home run to Ike Davis leading off the second. Third baseman David Wright drove in three runs, two on a third-inning double and another on a fifth-inning single.

The RBIs gave him 733 for his career, tying him with Darryl Strawberry for the most in franchise history.

Wright was also thrown out at home in the third, when he tried to score from second on Ike Davis' infield single that bounced off Freeman. Uggla recovered the ball in shallow right and fired to the plate.

Second baseman Daniel Murphy was also out on a fielder's choice at the plate in the fifth, when Cristhian Martinez relieved Jurrjens.

Martinez (1-0) worked two innings for the win.

NOTES: Shortstop Ruben Tejada received the day off, which moved rookie centerfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis into the leadoff spot. Mets manager Terry Collins wanted to break up the left-handed batters at the bottom of the lineup. ... Collins repeated that he isn't concerned about left-hander Johan Santana's short outing Tuesday -- 1.1 innings, the shortest of his career -- but may have to consider getting a spot start from one of the bullpen pitchers if Santana struggles in his next outing. ... With the field covered before the game, the Mets stretched in the clubhouse to the beat of "Regulate" by Warren G. ... Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez stuck to his pattern of giving veteran third baseman Chipper Jones and catcher Brian McCann the day off after a night game. Jones pinch hit in the sixth, driving in a run and subsequently scored himself. ... Left-hander Eric O'Flaherty, who had a 7.71 ERA in 4.2 innings after posting a 0.98 ERA last season, finally had some life on his sinker in Monday's appearance. Gonzalez was glad he was able to find a spot for O'Flaherty to pitch. "You don't like to have bullpen guys sit around after a bad outing," he said. ... Right-fielder Jason Heyward extended is hitting streak to eight games with a lead-off triple in the eighth.
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