Mets show they still have some fight

Atlanta Braves' Matt Diaz (23) slides safely into second base on a steal in front of New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner in the second inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011,in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Atlanta Braves' Matt Diaz (23) slides safely into second base on a steal in front of New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner in the second inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011,in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (Dave Tulis)
Posted: September 19, 2011

THE METS were reeling when they arrived in Atlanta. They left with renewed confidence.

"We still show fight," pitcher Dillon Gee said after yesterday's 7-5 win over the Braves. "We care. It just shows that we pull together and try to pull through the rough patches."

Ruben Tejada had four RBI, Lucas Duda homered off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning and New York Mets slowed Atlanta's wild-card bid with a walk-filled victory.

Tejada put the Mets ahead with a three-run double in a four-run fourth. Duda's homer was just the second this year off Kimbrel, the NL saves leader.

In other games * 

At Cincinnati,Carlos Gomez and Prince Fielder each hit two-run homers in the first inning and Zack Greinke (15-6) breezed through seven innings, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-1 win over the Reds for a series sweep, Milwaukee's first sweep of a three-game series in Cincinnati since Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2002.

* At Washington, Chien-Ming Wang (3-3) had the longest start of his comeback from shoulder surgery, pitching into the seventh inning, and Danny Espinosa delivered his first RBI in 2 weeks, helping the Nationals edge the Florida Marlins, 4-3.

* At San Diego, Joe Saunders took a five-hitter into the ninth inning, Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Padres 5-1 to cut the magic number to five for their first NL West title since 2007.

* At Denver, Pablo Sandoval homered twice in the fourth inning, part of a six home-run barrage that led the San Francisco Giants over the Colorado Rockies 12-5 for their eighth straight win.

* At Chicago, Brett Myers (6-13) benefited from a reversed homer call to beat the Cubs again and Clint Barmes had a two-run single to help the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory. Myers improved to 13-3 lifetime against the Cubs.

* At Los Angeles, James Loney had five hits with three RBI, Jerry Sands and Juan Rivera each drove in four runs, and the Dodgers routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 15-1.

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