Saturday was a tale of two games: one of dingers and one of small ball and singles.
Game 1: Braves 4, Mets 2
After not receiving any run support in his previous two starts, Derek Lowe was finally rewarded with some in the first game of the doubleheader. With two outs in the first inning, Chipper Jones smacked his 438th career home run, one of four in the game for the Braves, to left field off starter D.J. Carrasco. Freddie Freeman obliged with a homer of his own in the sixth: when reliever Pat Misch buzzed him inside with some chin music, Freeman responded by blasting the next pitch into the right field seats for his first round-tripper of the season.
The hitting hero of the game, however, was Alex Gonzalez. He led off the second inning with a home run and added a second one with two outs in the fourth. This was Gonzalez's ninth career multi-home run game and his first with the Braves. His 2 for 4 day raised his average to .255.
Lowe scattered five hits over his six innings and kept the Mets off the scoreboard until the fifth. Following singles by Josh Thole and Scott Hairston to put runners at first and third with no outs, Jose Reyes reached base when Dan Uggla tried to turn a double play, allowing Thole to score the first Mets run. The Mets scored their second run one inning later: Carlos Beltran walked with one out and scored when Martin Prado misplayed a Willie Harris double.
The bullpen took care of the rest with Craig Kimbrel tossing an easy ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.
Game 2: Braves 4, Mets 0
Jair Jurrjens couldn't have pitched much better than he did in the second game. Jurrjens pitched masterfully in handing the Mets their seventh straight loss, facing the minimum through five innings and allowing only two hits in his seven innings of work to accompany four strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Braves offense singled Mike Pelfrey to death. They tacked on their first run with two outs in the first: Chipper Jones and Eric Hinske both singled and Dan Uggla drove Chipper home with a single to right.
The Braves added to Pelfrey's misery by playing some small ball in the third. Martin Prado led off with a single and advanced to second on Nate McLouth's sacrifice bunt. Prado then stole third without a throw and scored on a Chipper Jones single. The Braves added a run in the fifth when Prado doubled with one out and scored on an Eric Hinske single.