Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Maholm (17) throws a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Paul Maholm fired his fourth career shutout
Friday as the Atlanta Braves blanked the New York Mets, 4-0, in the opener of
a three-game set at Citi Field.
Maholm (10-7), who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs before the non-waiver
trade deadline, allowed just three hits and struck out five without walking a
batter to earn his first victory as a Brave.
Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla each clubbed two-run home runs for Atlanta, which
won for the fourth time in their last five games.
Matt Harvey (1-3) pitched well in defeat, giving up just two runs on two hits.
But he did walk five and absorbed the loss for the Mets, who have dropped
their last six meetings with Atlanta.
The Braves wasted little time getting on the board in the first as Michael
Bourn worked a leadoff walk before Heyward followed with a blast into the
Atlanta bullpen in right-center field to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
Daniel Murphy's single in the second inning was New York's only hit of the
game before Rob Johnson's one-out double in the sixth. Johnson moved to third
on pinch-hitter Justin Turner's groundout, but was stranded 90 feet away when
Andres Torres grounded out to end the sixth.
The Mets got a two-out double from Scott Hairston in the seventh, but Maholm
retired the final seven Mets he faced to complete the shutout.
Uggla crushed a fastball into the left-field bleachers in the eighth to plate
Freddie Freeman and account for the final margin.
Heyward's homer was his 19th of the season, which marks a career
high...Maholm's last shutout came on May 28, 2011 against the Cubs as a member
of the Pittsburgh Pirates...Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was scratched
due to back tightness...Atlanta catcher Brian McCann missed his second
straight game with a sore right shoulder...New York second baseman Ruben
Tejada went 0-for-4, snapping his 14-game hit-streak.
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