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New York Mets Ride Chris Capuano’s Gem Past Atlanta Braves

August 26th, 2011 at 10:50 PM
By Cody Fields

Chris Capuano fired a two-hit shutout for the New York Mets in what was supposed to be the series opener – and then turned in to the only game – against the Atlanta Braves Friday. The Mets lefty faced one batter over the minimum 27 in the Braves' 6-0 loss.

It seemed that Capuano was untouchable almost all night, as he was perfect through four innings. And even when Dan Uggla broke up the perfect game with a single to lead off the fifth inning, Freddie Freeman grounded into a double play.

Capuano, who walked no one all game, then sat down 10 straight Braves before giving up a double to David Ross in the eighth inning. He also struck out a career high 13 batters, four of which were Michael Bourn.

Tim Hudson was not as sharp as he has been recently, snapping his streak of nine straight starts in which he had thrown seven innings. The RBI singles he gave up to Nick Evans and Josh Thole were enough to put his start in the loss column, but the total of 11 hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings usually does not bode well for a starting pitcher.

Hudson also allowed a single to Lucas Duda and walked Evans in the seventh and was charged with the two runs Scott Linebrink allowed to score on a Justin Turner double.

Jonny Venters also saw his scoreless innings streak end at 23 when Duda drove in two runs with a double. They were the first runs he had given up since June 29 against the Seattle Mariners.

With the remainder of the series postponed due to Hurricane Irene, the Braves have the next three days off until they begin a home series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chris Capuano, Jonny Venters, MLB, New York Mets, Tim Hudson

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