The Braves scored all nine of their runs in the first two innings on Saturday night, which was more than enough against Mets ace Johan Santana. Freddie Freeman's homer highlighted a seven-run second inning for Atlanta, providing Kris Medlen with tons of room to work as the Braves went on to win by a score of 9-3.
Medlen continued his strong work on the mound, tossing 6.1 innings of one-run ball. He tossed 88 pitches, a season high for him. Meds scattered five hits and a walk, striking out seven Mets batters with a nice mix of his fastball, changeup and curveball.
Freeman roped a two-run double down the first base line in the first inning to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead. After a couple of bloop hits to ignite a rally, Medlen helped his own cause with a seeing-eye single that snuck through the right side of the infield to make it 3-0. Michael Bourn, Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones all singled to plate one run, pushing the lead to 6-0.
Then came one of the biggest homers of the season from Freeman. He crushed a belt-high fastball to center field, clearing the big apple. Early estimates have the shot at 455 feet. Look for it on the highlight shows tonight, folks.
The Mets scored a run in the second on an RBI-single from Andres Torres. They added two more in the bottom of the eighth once the game was out of hand.