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By Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange May 25, 2013 10:50 PM
NEW YORK -- Mike Minor did it all for the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. The left-hander had a season-high 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 shutout innings and hit a two-run homer to begin a five-run fifth in the Braves' 6-0 win over the New York Mets in front of a windswept announced crowd of 27,622 at Citi Field. The win was the eighth in a row for the Braves (30-18), whose seventh win came earlier in the afternoon when they scored two 10th-inning runs to beat the Mets 7-5 in the completion of Friday night's suspended game. The feeble Mets, meanwhile, fell to 17-29 with their fifth straight loss overall and their eighth straight at Citi Field. The Mets have scored four runs or less 17 times in their last 19 games. The Mets got just one runner as far as second base against Minor, who continued his recent stellar pitching by allowing three hits and one walk. Minor is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts this month, a stretch in which his overall ERA has fallen to 2.47. He's not nearly as renowned for his hitting. While the homer was Minor's second hit of the night, it was just his third hit in 18 career at-bats as well as his first RBI. Freddie Freeman had two RBI singles for the Braves. Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton and Chris Johnson had two hits and a run scored apiece. Mets starter Dillon Gee matched Minor until the fifth, when the Braves strung together six straight hits -- all after Gee had retired the first two batters of the inning. Johnson began the rally with a single, after which Minor wrapped his first professional homer around the foul pole in left field. Simmons followed with a double and scored on Jason Heyward's single to right. Justin Upton fouled off several two-strike pitches before doubling past a diving David Wright to bring home Heyward. Freeman's single on a 3-2 pitch scored Upton. Gee managed to get out of the inning by retiring Evan Gattis on a popup, but his night was done as he failed to pitch beyond the fifth for the fifth straight time. Gee allowed eight hits and no walks while striking out four, Ruben Tejada had three singles for the Mets and Lucas Duda singled in the second to extend his hitting streak to nine games. NOTES: Braves right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy made his first rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday and allowed two runs, two hits and three walks in four innings. Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery last June 21. ... The slumping B.J. Upton, who had a squeeze-bunt RBI during the completion of Friday's game, sat for Saturday's scheduled game, which allowed the Braves to start Evan Gattis in left field. B.J. Upton is hitting just .151 in 152 at-bats. ... Another player in a terrible slump, the Mets' Ike Davis, also sat Saturday night. Davis had a single in the 10th inning earlier Saturday -- just his second hit in his last 43 at-bats -- but wasn't going to start against the left-handed Minor. ... The Mets need to win one of the final two games against the Braves to avoid going winless on a homestand (minimum six games) for the seventh time in team history.