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Recap: Braves 4, Mets 7
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Game: 4
Venue: Citi Field
Date: July 25, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
  

NEW YORK (AP) - Now that Tim Hudson is out for the season, the Atlanta Braves know they'll need to rely on some pretty young pitchers in the starting rotation.

Alex Wood gave them all he had Thursday, but that wasn't enough against the New York Mets.

John Buck drove in three runs and Zack Wheeler beat the first-place Braves for the second time in seven major league starts, sending New York to a 7-4 victory.

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Wood, facing Wheeler for the second time in two career starts, was recalled from the minors to pitch in place of Paul Maholm (bruised left wrist). With a funky delivery, the 22-year-old lefty threw 90 pitches in 4 1-3 innings. He yielded four runs and eight hits.

``I thought for his second major league start he did OK. It was a good experience for him. Five days from now he'll get another opportunity to improve,' said manager Fredi Gonzalez, ejected in the sixth.

``He was in Double-A two months ago. Those hitters swing at some of those outside pitches and strike out. Here, they have the patience to take them.'

One day after Hudson broke his right ankle when Eric Young Jr. accidentally stepped on him, the NL East leaders caught another tough break. This time, it was a missed call by the umpires that helped the Mets score three times in the sixth and led to Gonzalez's ejection.

Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered off Wheeler (4-1) to erase a three-run deficit, but New York's prized rookie allowed only four hits in six innings after throwing 31 pitches in the first. He tossed six shutout innings in Atlanta to win his big league debut June 18.

``You can tell he's still maturing and growing. You can see his stuff is there,' Braves catcher Gerald Laird said.

Freeman's long homer to center leading off the sixth tied it at 4, but Wheeler ended the inning with a double-play grounder and New York went right back ahead in the bottom half.

Andrew Brown opened with a double against reliever Kameron Loe (0-1) and went to third on a wild pitch. Daniel Murphy singled through a drawn-in infield to give the Mets the lead.

David Wright followed with a drive to left-center that bounced up and hit the protective railing above the wall before caroming back onto the field. Center fielder Reed Johnson raised his arms, looking for the ground-rule double signal, but third base umpire Chad Fairchild ruled the ball in play.

Murphy scored and Wright pulled into third with an RBI triple before Gonzalez came out to argue. He took his protest to plate umpire and crew chief Jeff Kellogg before Fairchild finally tossed him.

Gonzalez headed toward the dugout but then went back at Fairchild, now standing behind third base again.

``I don't think I needed a replay to know I was right,' Gonzalez said. ``I thought Uggla's home run was a tougher call to make, to be honest with you.'

Kellogg declined comment after the game, saying the umps had to catch a flight.

Buck added a run-scoring double with two outs to make it 7-4.

Young beat out an infield single to start a four-run third and scored on Marlon Byrd's single. Buck hit a two-run single to put the Mets up 4-1.

``There was one or two pitches I wish I had back. That two-out single to Buck was one,' Wood said. ``I thought I competed well. Hopefully I'll build off this for my next start.'

Murphy and Byrd had three hits apiece to help the Mets gain a four-game series split. But the news wasn't all good: Young, a spark in the leadoff spot since arriving last month, was pulled with pain in his right knee.

David Aardsma and LaTroy Hawkins each worked a hitless inning before Bobby Parnell closed for his 20th save in 24 tries.

Young was very upset Wednesday night after breaking Hudson's right ankle when he inadvertently stepped on the pitcher at first base. Hudson, the leader of Atlanta's strong pitching staff, will have season-ending surgery once the swelling subsides.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Young ``tweaked' his leg on the play, and one day later the speedy outfielder was removed in the fourth inning.

Uggla trimmed it to 4-3 with a two-run shot in the fourth. It was his second homer in two days and 11th at Citi Field, the most by a visiting player.

Wheeler threw a fastball over Uggla's head in the first, and the Atlanta second baseman glared out at the mound before saying something to Buck.

``I told him, `Look, you can be mad at him because he doesn't know where it's going, but trust me, it's not intentional,'' Buck said. ``He said, `OK, thank you.''

While giving an intentional walk in the fifth, Loe threw a pitch low and wide that went all the way to the backstop. Byrd didn't have much of a lead off third base, though, and reacted slowly before holding up.

NOTES: Atlanta OF Jason Heyward and C Brian McCann were rested. Heyward flied out as a pinch-hitter for the final out. ... Justin Upton went 0 for 4 and has one hit in his last 22 at_bats. ... LHP Mike Minor (9-5, 2.98 ERA) starts against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright (13-5, 2.44) when the Braves begin a seven-game homestand Friday night. ... Gonzalez said CF B.J. Upton, on the disabled list with a strained muscle on his right side, felt good after taking batting practice on the field Wednesday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Braves at Mets
Mon, Jul 22 Final 2 to 1
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GAME 2
Braves at Mets
Tue, Jul 23 Final 1 to 4
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GAME 3
Braves at Mets
Wed, Jul 24 Final 8 to 2
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GAME 4
Braves at Mets
Thu, Jul 25 Final 4 to 7
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -120   +135   7.5 
 NYM  +110   -155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -118   +135   7.5 
 NYM  +108   -155   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  53%   89%   42% 
 NYM  47%   11%   58% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 8 Cover: +100 
 NYM 2 Over: 10 
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 Jul 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 5 
 NYM 4 Cover: +125 
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 Jul 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
 NYM 1 Under: 3 
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 Jun 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Cover: +165 
 ATL 3 Under: 7 
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 Jun 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Over: 8 
 ATL 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 6 Cover: +165 
 ATL 1 Push: 7 
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 Jun 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Cover: +100 
 ATL 3 Push: 7 
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 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Under: 3 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
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 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Under: 6 
 NYM 4 Cover: +130 
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 May 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
 NYM 0 Under: 6 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Thursday, Jul 25
 
    Braves at Mets
12:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Nationals
12:35 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Rockies
3:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Orioles at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Angels at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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