Justin Upton had three hits, including his first two home runs of the season, but the Braves couldn’t slow down Eric Young Jr. and the Mets’ running game in their 6-4 loss to New York on Thursday night.
Young got three hits, stole three bases and scored four times. He stole five bases in the series as the Mets won two of three at Turner Field.
Upton drove in three runs with three hits. He hit an opposite-field homer in the second inning before his long, two-run drive to left field in the third.
“This is a game of adjustments,” Upton said. “It’s day to day and every day you’re trying to find that timing, find what works for you. Tonight I felt good.
“The only thing I can do is try to take that same exact feel to tomorrow night and the next day and try to make something of it.”
Jones, the former Braves star in his second year of retirement, talked with B.J. Upton about eliminating an extra “hinge” in his swing. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he “threw a little chum in the water” when he invited Jones, who is always willing to talk about hitting.
“When it comes to hitting, it’s hard for me to keep quiet, if you can’t tell that already,” Jones said, adding, “I do miss it. I miss the camaraderie in the clubhouse.”
B.J. Upton, who took a .138 batting average into the game, had help on his triple when right fielder Curtis Granderson lost the ball as it went over his head. It was his only hit.
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.