ATLANTA (AP) -- Ben Sheets pitched six scoreless innings in his
first game in two years and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York
Mets 6-1 on Sunday for their season-high seventh straight victory.
Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer in a six-run fifth inning
and Sheets (1-0) allowed two hits and one walk with five strikeouts
in his first start since July 19, 2010.
The Mets have lost four straight and seven of 10. Atlanta
improved to a season-high 10 games over .500.
Johan Santana (6-6) gave up eight hits, six runs, two walks and
struck out three in five innings.
The Braves had placed just two runners in scoring position
before Matt Diaz, who began the game hitting .514 in 35 career
at-bats against Santana, doubled to lead off the fifth.