Minor gives major effort as Braves win two
by Ben Walker
Associated Press Sports Writer
May 26, 2013 12:32 AM | 643 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mike Minor gets a high-five from Jason Heyward after homering in Saturday's regularly scheduled game against the Mets.
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Mike Minor gets a high-five from Jason Heyward after homering in Saturday's regularly scheduled game against the Mets.
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NEW YORK — Start-by-start over the years, the Atlanta Braves have seen Mike Minor emerging as a young, talented pitcher.

Perhaps as a hitter, too.

Minor homered for his first two RBIs in the majors and struck out 10 as the Atlanta Braves posted their second win in a matter of hours, beating the New York Mets 6-0 Saturday for their eighth straight victory.

“He’s been fun to watch,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said, later adding, “he’s a good athlete.”

Earlier, Dan Uggla hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Braves won 7-5 in the resumption of a game suspended because of rain Friday night after eight innings with the score tied.

Minor (6-2) then pitched 7 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, sending the Mets to their fifth loss in a row overall and eighth straight at Citi Field.

Minor was hardly a force at the plate coming in — he was a paltry 8-for-108 (.074) in four seasons, striking out in exactly half of those at-bats. He perked up for his first two-hit game in the majors.

“Streaky,” he kidded.

In the third inning, Minor singled to become the Braves’ first baserunner of the game, and a bat boy brought him a warmup jacket on a blustery, cool evening. The next time up in the fifth, with a light rain, the 25-year-old lefty never had time to get chilly.

Despite gusts that kept knocking down fly balls, Minor hit a two-run drive inside the left field foul pole off Dillon Gee (2-6) that broke a scoreless tie.

“Got to have power, like me,” Minor said with a grin.

Minor homered for the first time since his senior year of high school, and it touched off a five-run burst. Minor connected after a two-out single by Chris Johnson, and they smiled the whole way from home plate back to the bench.

Minor’s teammates celebrated the shot, too, and big first baseman Freddie Freeman hugged the pitcher and playfully jumped up and down with him in the dugout.

Catcher Brian McCann, however, reminded Minor that there was still work to do on the mound.

“Didn’t try to live in that moment of the home run,” Minor said.

The Braves got six straight hits in their surge, including doubles by Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons and singles by Jason Heyward and Freeman.

The suspended game picked up right where it left off, at the start of the ninth inning.

After Upton grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners in the Atlanta ninth, the Braves won it in the 10th.

Freeman, who homered Friday night before the rain came, drew a leadoff walk from Brandon Lyon (1-2) and took third on a double by McCann.

Uggla, who hit a late home run the previous night at Citi Field, followed with his tiebreaking single. B.J. Upton later squeezed home pinch-runner Jordan Schafer.

Anthony Varvaro (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Craig Kimbrel escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the 10th for his 15th save in 18 tries.
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