- Associated Press - Thursday, April 10, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Eric Young Jr. is proving he’s an important part of the Mets’ winning formula.

That’s especially important with New York’s outfield about to become more crowded.

Young got three hits, stole three bases and scored four times as the Mets overcame Justin Upton’s two home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Thursday night.

Young stole five bases in the series as the Mets won two of three from Atlanta.

“He’s such a great kid, you root for him all the time, and tonight he showed you he can win games for you,” manager Terry Collins said.

Young has joined Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares in the Mets’ outfield. Chris Young could be moving closer to making his return from the disabled list with a right quadriceps injury.

Soon Collins could face difficult decisions in the outfield.

“No question about it,” Collins said, adding that Eric Young “makes things happen.”

“We saw it tonight,” Collins said. “The guy creates runs.”

“We talked about it all spring and all winter, what Eric Young brings to the table. When he gets on base he scores runs. He showed it again tonight.”

Young had two steals in the Mets’ 4-0 win on Tuesday night.

“Anytime you do your job at the top of the lineup, especially with a couple of guys behind me driving me in, it’s a lot of fun,” Young said.

The Mets broke a 4-all tie in the seventh. Luis Avilan (1-1) gave up a leadoff single to Daniel Murphy, who scored on a two-out single by Juan Lagares off Gus Schlosser. Murphy drove in three runs with three hits.

Carlos Torres (2-0) allowed only one hit in two scoreless innings. Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Led by Young, the Mets stole five bases, their highest total since May 28, 2011, against Philadelphia. Young also used his speed to lead off a two-run third inning with a bunt single.

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