Braves pitcher Mike Minor won his fifth straight Saturday against the Mets. He's seen here in the second inning of a game against the Nationals at Turner Field. (Photo: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Minor was outstanding on the mound and had a pretty good day inside the batter's box, too.
The lefty spun 7 1/3 innings of three-hit ball and belted his first career home run among his two hits, as the Atlanta Braves shut out the New York Mets, 6-0, in the middle test of a three-game set from Citi Field.
Minor (6-2) recorded his third straight victory in style, hitting double digits in strikeouts while adding a two-run homer to begin a five-run fifth inning.
He struck out 10 batters, just his second time reaching double digits and first since his rookie season.
After finishing off Friday's rain-suspended contest earlier Saturday with a 7-5 win in 10 innings, the Braves pounded Dillon Gee (2-6) for five runs during the game-breaking fifth en route to the club's eighth straight win.
Atlanta scored all six of its runs with two out. Freddie Freeman collected a pair of RBI singles, Justin Upton had two hits and knocked in a run, while Jason Heyward scored twice and had an RBI in the victory.
New York, shut out for the second time during the week, received half of its six hits from Ruben Tejada. The Mets lost to the Reds, 4-0, on Tuesday and have dropped five straight and six of their last seven contests.
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