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HRs not enough in Mets’ loss to Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Andrelton Simmons’ two-run single in Atlanta’s three-run fourth helped the streaking Braves beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, New York Mets
Daisuke Matsuzaka of the New York Mets pitches at Turner Field in Atlanta. (Daniel Shirey, Getty Images)

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit two-run homers for the Mets, who have lost three straight and six of seven.

The Braves overcame a shaky start from Mike Minor to protect their one-half game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta has won six straight, its longest streak of the season.

Shae Simmons (1-0) took over for Minor in the fifth and pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Craig Kimbrel earned his 26th save by striking out Eric Young Jr., Granderson and Bobby Abreu in the ninth.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. He has lost three straight starts.

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