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Mets vs. Braves: Jonathon Niese outduels Tim Hudson in Atlanta

Jonathon Niese and Lucas Duda starred for New York as they opened their series with a 3-1 victory

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New York v. Atlanta - Mets look to win series

New York aims to win its series against Atlanta Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.

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The Amazins' fall 2-0 to Atlanta on Saturday

The Atlanta Braves evened their record with the New York Mets on Saturday night at Turner Field, winning 2-0.

Jason Heyward got an RBI on a groundout in the first inning that turned out to be the game-winning run thanks to a terrific performance by Mike Minor.

Minor was almost unhittable throughout the evening, throwing six and one-thirds frames without surrendering a run. Overall, New York could only muster three hits off of Minor in the contest.

Chris Young pitched an excellent game, but couldn't quite earn the victory. The 6'10'' hurler threw six solid innings but took the loss despite allowing just two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six.

The Mets only had one extra-base hit in the form of a David Wright double, his 41st of the campaign.

On Sunday, New York will try to take the rubber game of the series with Jenrry Mejia on the hill against Kris Medlen.

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Mets vs. Braves Saturday Preview

The New York Mets will take on the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in Game 2 of a three-game series in Atlanta.

The Mets don't have much to play for, but they have suddenly become one of baseball's hottest teams. New York has won seven out of eight games, and can still play the role of spoiler. A win today for the Mets would seriously diminish Atlanta's chances of winning the NL East.

The Mets will send veteran Chris Young to the hill. The former Padre has been serviceable for New York this season, but has struggled to get much run support. Overall, he is 4-8 with a 4.21 ERA.

The Braves will counter with Mike Minor, who has been excellent in his last four starts. During that span, Minor has allowed just ten hits and three earned runs. He has not lost a start since Aug 19.

Saturday's game will start at 7:10 ET and air on SNY.

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Mets beat Atlanta 3-1 behind Niese, Duda

Jonathon Niese threw seven innings of one-run baseball, and Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets opened their series in Atlanta with a 3-1 victory over the Braves on Friday night. Niese cruised through his seven innings, yielding only four hits and three walks. Freddie Freeman's solo home run in the bottom of the fourth was the only run of the game for Atlanta, who had only two base runners reach second base. It was Niese's eighth straight quality start going back to August 7th at Miami. Bobby Parnell pitched the ninth for the save.

Tim Hudson was Niese's equal for much of the game, allowing only three hits over his first six innings. Hudson's fortunes changed in the top of the seventh. David Murphy led off with a double and, after a strikeout, Ike Davis drew an intentional walk. Hudson got Scott Hairston to strikeout for the second out, but Duda put a pitch over the right field wall to give the Mets the 3-1 lead.

The two teams face off again Saturday for a 7:10 tilt at Turner Field. Chris Young (4-8, 4.21 ERA) takes the hill for New York against southpaw Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27) for Atlanta.

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Mets head to Atlanta with John Niese on the mound

The New York Mets embark on their final road trip of the season when they head to Atlanta to begin a three-game series on Friday. John Niese takes the mound for the Mets against Tim Hudson of the Braves.

Niese is 12-9 with a 3.49 ERA on the season. The lefty has pitched well down the stretch, going 2-1 with with a 2.95 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 18.1 September innings. Niese last faced the Braves on Sep. 7, when he took a tough loss, allowing just one run in six innings.

The right-handed Hudson is likely making his last start of the regular season, as the Braves will be shutting him down for the playoffs. Hudson is 16-6 with a 3.61 ERA on the year. He has had an inconsistent month, giving up four runs in two straight starts before settling down and going 7.1 innings without allowing an earned run in his last outing.

First pitch is set for 7:35 ET at Turner Field.

Full lineups from baseballpress.com:

Mets

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS

2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B

3. David Wright (R) 3B

4. Ike Davis (L) 1B

5. Scott Hairston (R) CF

6. Lucas Duda (L) LF

7. Mike Baxter (L) RF

8. Josh Thole (L) C

9. Jon Niese (L) P

Braves

1. Reed Johnson (R) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) LF

3. Jason Heyward (L) RF

4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B

5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

7. David Ross (R) C

8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS

9. Tim Hudson (R) P

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