Mike Minor did it all in a 6-0 Atlanta Braves win over the New York Mets on Saturday at Citi Field. Not only did the lefty pick up the win; Minor also hit his first career homer to help the Braves to their seventh straight win.
With two outs in the fifth inning and Chris Johnson on first, Mets starter Dillon Gee served up a 2-1 fastball to Minor that was drilled down the left field line for just the fourth extra-base hit of Minor's career.
The Braves then strung together four more consecutive hits, including doubles by Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton and RBI-singles by Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman to cap off the five-run inning.
Minor followed the homer with 7 1/3 scoreless innings and a season-high 10 strikeouts. He surrendered three hits to the Mets – all singles.
Minor has continued his tear since the the second half of last season. After his first 15 starts of 2012, Minor had a 6.20 ERA and was a demotion candidate. In the 25 starts he has made since, Minor's ERA has been a cool 2.32.
As if a homer and a win weren't enough for Minor, it was also his first career multi-hit game. He singled off Gee with two outs in the third inning.
The win sets up the Braves for their third consecutive series sweep Sunday night.
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