Wednesday October 26th, 2016 12:09AM

Minor's arm, bat lead Braves over Mets 6-1

By The Associated Press
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NEW YORK -- Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 6-1 Thursday night.<br /> <br /> Minor (6-8) had an RBI single in the second for the game's first run, then doubled and scored in the eighth.<br /> <br /> Minor was perfect for four innings before Lucas Duda led off the fifth with a single that just barely touched the glove of leaping shortstop Andrelton Simmons.<br /> <br /> The Mets didn't have a runner in scoring position until Travis d'Arnaud opened the eighth with a double. Eric Campbell followed with an RBI single, finishing Minor.<br /> <br /> Minor gave up four hits, struck out five and walked none.<br /> <br /> Jonathon Niese (7-10) pitched into the eighth inning, when Atlanta scored twice for a 3-0 lead.<br /> <br /> Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth. Emilio Bonifacio got four hits, drove in two runs and stole a base.<br /> <br /> Simmons drew a two-out walk in the second, Gerald Laird singled and Minor had a solidly stroked single to left for his fourth RBI of the season.<br /> <br /> Niese had only allowed one run until Minor and the Citi Field wind helped Atlanta score twice in the eighth.<br /> <br /> Minor led off the eighth with his fifth career double, a ball that the wind carried over the head of right fielder Curtis Granderson. Bonifacio hit a triple to center field that was also helped by the wind and scored on Freddie Freeman's single.<br /> <br /> The wind also boosted Doumit's shot onto the bridge beyond the wall in right-center field. Doumit connected off Daisuke Matsuzaka, who came off the disabled list before the game.<br /> <br /> TRAINER'S ROOM<br /> <br /> Braves: LHP Jonny Venters has been shut down for the remainder of the year after a visit with Dr. James Andrews revealed a tear in his elbow. Venters was rehabbing following his second Tommy John reconstructive surgery.<br /> <br /> Mets: The club remained without 2B Daniel Murphy (calf). He's not healing as fast as the Mets had hoped, and manager Terry Collins didn't rule out a trip to the disabled list.<br /> <br /> UP NEXT<br /> <br /> Braves: Atlanta returns home from a 10-game road trip to begin six-game homestand Friday night against Miami and Philadelphia. RHP Ervin Santana (13-7, 3.60 ERA) takes the mound against Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.82). Santana is 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts this year vs. Miami.<br /> <br /> Mets: Philadelphia will visit for a three-game series starting Friday night. RHP Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) pitches against Phillies RHP David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) in a matchup of rookie pitchers. On May 31, deGrom faced the Phillies at Citizens Bank Ballpark, giving up three runs and striking out 11 over 6 1-3 innings in a no-decision. The Mets handed Buchanan his first major league loss on May 29 and defeated the rookie a second time on Aug. 11.
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