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Mets Can’t Overcome Braves

David Ross homered and drove in four runs, Chipper Jones also connected and the Atlanta Braves survived a crisis at shortstop to beat the New York Mets 7-5 on Friday night.

Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images

The Braves started the day thin at shortstop. They chose to wait to replace rookie Andrelton Simmons, who broke his right little finger on Sunday and will be out at least one month. Atlanta then lost shortstop Jack Wilson with another pinkie injury.

Wilson dislocated the middle joint of his right little finger sliding while chasing a grounder in the fourth inning. Wilson’s exit forced Martin Prado, the starter in left field, to play shortstop for the first time in four years.

Ross filled in with catcher Brian McCann was on paternity leave.

McCann’s wife, Ashley, delivered the couple’s first child, a son, on Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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