Freeman drives in five as Braves top Mets

By
Updated: September 2, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with a three-run
homer and five RBI to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 13-5 rout of the New York
Mets in the opener of a three-game set at Turner Field.

Jordan Schafer added four hits, an RBI, two runs scored and three stolen
bases for the Braves, winners in seven of their last eight games. Justin Upton
collected a pair of hits and scored three times

Paul Maholm (10-10) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while
striking out four over five innings for Atlanta. It was his first win since
June 30.

With the win, Atlanta reduced its magic number to 12 games to clinch the NL
East.

Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda each drove in one run apiece for
the Mets, who have dropped two straight.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3) was tagged for six runs on seven hits in just three
innings of work to remain winless on the season. The Japanese right-hander’s
last MLB victory game Aug. 27, 2012.

The Braves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Schafer
and Upton opened the frame with back-to-back singles before Freeman smashed a
bases-clearing double to right field.

The Mets pushed one across in the second. Lagares led off with a single, then
moved to second on Anthony Recker’s two-out walk. Matsuzaka helped his own
cause with a single to center to push Lagares across.

Atlanta, though, plated four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-1
lead. Andrelton Simmons reached on a base hit to right and moved to second on
Maholm’s sacrifice bunt. Schafer followed with a base hit to short right field
to bring Simmons around.

Upton then drew a walk before Freeman clobbered a towering homer to deep right
field to make it a five-run game.

The Mets added a pair of runs in the fourth to pull within 6-3. With two on
and no outs, Zach Lutz doubled off the wall in center field to score Wilmer
Flores. Two batters later, Murphy delivered a sacrifice fly to left to score
Recker.

Atlanta, though, pushed two runs across in both the fifth and sixth innings to
take a 10-3 lead.

In the fifth, Simmons doubled home Chris Johnson and B.J. Upton. In the sixth,
Brian McCann laced an RBI single to left, then later scored on a B.J. Upton
double.

Duda singled home Eric Young and Murphy scored on a rare Simmons fielding
error in the seventh to bring the Mets within 10-5, but Simmons smacked a two-
run double and Joey Terdoslavich had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to account
for the final difference.

Game Notes

The Braves’ last divisional crown came in 2005 … Atlanta leads the season
series, 9-8 … The Braves went 8-for-20 with runners in scoring position …
Schafer has 20 stolen bases this season … The Mets were 3-for-13 with RISP
… Matsuzaka is 1-2 with a 9.00 earned run average in three lifetime starts
against Atlanta.