The Atlanta Braves took advantage of their day off via rainout on Saturday to stick it to the New York Mets on Sunday, using a five-run inning to split the series in a 9-5 final at Turner Field.
Atlanta converted seven Mets walks into five runs while torching Jonathan Niese for seven runs in four-plus innings, including five runs in the third inning.
Those five runs would be the support Tim Hudson needed when the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate in the third. Justin Upton put the Braves on the board with an RBI-single, which Freddie Freeman followed with a two-run double. After an Evan Gattis groundout, Freeman then scored on a wild pitch before Dan Uggla walked to start another rally.
B.J. Upton singled on a sharp grounder to left, setting up Reed Johnson for an RBI-single, his first of three RBIs on the day.
Hudson gave up a two-run homer to David Wright in the fifth, but Johnson came back with a two-run single in the bottom of the inning, and Freeman hit an opposite field homer off Jeurys Familia in the sixth inning. The homer left Freeman a triple short of the cycle.
Hudson finished his day with three runs over 7 1/3 innings, striking out seven. One of his runs was surrendered after being inherited by Luis Avilan, who walked Wright and gave up an RBI-single to Lucas Duda before being pulled for Cory Gearrin. Gearrin then plunked John Buck and was pulled for Eric O'Flaherty, who walked in a run before getting Marlon Byrd out on strikes.
The win snapped the Braves' three-game losing streak before departing on a 10-game road trip, where they will face the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite the difficulty inherent in this road trip, they expect to activate Brian McCann from the disabled list on Monday.
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