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NEW YORK (AP) - Chipper Jones tossed the ball to first base for the final out and pumped his fist emphatically.
“It was a good win for us. We needed it. Badly,” Jones said.
Jason Heyward, Alex Gonzalez and Jose Constanza homered early for the Braves, who finally solved rookie Dillon Gee in handing the Mets their sixth loss in seven games. Dan Uggla extended his career-best hitting streak to 28 games.
It was the first major league homer for Constanza _ he also got his first stolen base, spiking Murphy hard in the process on a clean but awkward play. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Murphy has a substantial injury to his left knee and will be placed on the disabled list.
Reyes, the NL batting leader, was lifted in the second because of a stiff left hamstring, the same spot that landed him on the DL last month.
X-rays on Murphy’s leg were negative, but the team was waiting for MRI results on both players.
“We’ve been struggling offensively as it is. Now we lose a guy hitting .335 and another guy hitting .320, obviously that’s going to be difficult to overcome,” said third baseman David Wright, who found himself filling in at shortstop Sunday for the first time in his major league career. “We know it’s going to be a tremendous uphill battle to try to score runs.”
Jason Bay had three hits, three runs and a stolen base for New York during a perfect day at the plate. He singled leading off the ninth but was erased when he ran into a tag on Angel Pagan’s double-play grounder.
After a walk, closer Craig Kimbrel retired Nick Evans on a grounder for his 34th save in 39 chances. A fired-up Jones, a Mets nemesis throughout his stellar career, pumped his fist after making the throw from third to end it.
“It never gets old. He likes playing against this team and especially in those kinds of situations,” Uggla said. “That’s what he’s been doing for years. If there’s anybody who knows how to play under pressure, it’s Chipper.”
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