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Dec 20, 2012 7:46pm
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NEW YORK —Mets fans cheered the loudest for Chipper Jones once he was out of
their ballpark for good. T.Y. Hilton Camo Jersey . When he took the
lineup card to home plate before his last game in Queens, Jones got some
scattered applause. When he pinch hit in the ninth, he received cheers in full
voice—along with some boos, of course. Jones walked, and once a pinch runner
came in to replace him, the retiring 40-year-old star trotted back toward the
Braves dugout on the third base side and Mets fans stood and cheered. Jones took
off his batting helmet, raised it to the crowd, and then was gone down the
steps. For that, and for his long career as a most worthy adversary, Mets fans
stood and applauded. “Cant say enough about the fans in New York this year.
Theyve been awfully supportive both in person, out on the field, on Twitter,”
Jones said. “Im very appreciative to them for that.” He and the Braves, of
course, couldnt leave town without getting the better of the Mets one last time.
Brian McCann homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give
Atlanta its fifth straight win, 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep at Citi Field.
“Now that Im scuffling a little bit, its important for someone else to be
stepping up,” Jones said. Pinch runner Reed Johnson made it to third before
Michael Bourn struck out, flinging his bat and helmet in rage after the inning
ended. Martin Prado led off the 10th with a single against Bobby Parnell (4-4).
After Jason Heyward grounded out, Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked.
Dan Uggla worked a walk before McCann hit a sacrifice fly. Peter Moylan pitched
the bottom half for his first save of the season. Craig Kimbrel (1-1), Atlantas
usual closer, worked a scoreless ninth for the NL wild-card leaders. Braves
manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wanted Kimbrel to face the Mets mid-lineup power
threats, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, in the ninth while it was tied. “Today, it
fell where the big boys were coming up,” Gonzalez said. “It worked out.” Davis
led off with a single, but Kimbrel struck out Duda and Kelly Shoppach before
Andres Torres grounded out to end the threat. The Mets took the lead on Davis
RBI single in the fourth, but Atlanta answered when Bourn singled home
Jose Constanza in the fifth. Mets starter Chris Young allowed five hits and four
walks in six innings, striking out seven. He is 0-4 in seven starts at Citi
Field this season. McCann led off the sixth with his 20th home run for a 2-1
lead, but Braves starter Tommy Hanson remained winless in five starts since a
victory over Miami on July 30. Hes 0-3 since then and has only made it out of
the sixth inning in one of those starts. Hansons day ended when David Wright hit
a double into the left-field corner to tie it at 2 in the sixth. It started off
with more promise—Hanson retired the first 10 batters he faced. “I felt
really good about this start today,” Hanson said. “We came up here and took care
of business.” In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets threatened to take the lead.
But Braves reliever Eric OFlaherty got Wright to ground out on a full count with
two outs in the bottom of the eighth and runners on first and third. That set up
Jones moment, such that it was. Reliever Frank Francisco walked him on four
pitches. “I didnt want to pitch around him, but I didnt want to leave anything
right there,” Francisco said. “Hes a great player. I was trying to save the
game.” Jones noticed, too. “I dont think Francisco was going to let me get a
real good swing at one,” Jones said. As much as he might have liked to have one
last good whack at the Mets, Jones was pleased enough with the actual results:
Atlanta goes to Milwaukee with a three-game sweep and having won seven of its
last eight. And Jones has one more memory of a Mets ballpark. He hit the first
two homers of his career at the Mets old stadium, and his eight-year-old son is
named for it—Shea. “It was cool,” Jones said of his last at bat in Queens,
nearly 20 years after his first one. “I heard a bunch of boos in there, but for
once the cheers outnumbered the boos.” NOTES: Jones will get another chance to
torment the Mets. The Braves host them in a series later this month. ... Wright
is set to visit a New York firehouse to remember Sept. 11 for the eighth year in
a row. On Monday, he plans to visit Squad 18 in Greenwich Village, along with
Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore
Cassano. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor is set to go against RHP Wily Peralta on
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Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett wants a piece of his old team when
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