NL Roundup: Mets edge Braves, 3-1


NEW YORK — With just their third three-game winning streak since last May, the New York Mets got back to .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season.

Jason Bay hit a tying double in the sixth inning, Jeff Francoeur doubled in the go-ahead run with a drive off the 415-foot sign in the seventh and the Mets finally got to Jair Jurrjens in a 3-1 victory over the reeling Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

New York improved to 5-1 on a 10-game homestand and at 9-9 evened their record for the first time since a 2-2 start.

Manny Acosta (1-0) won in relief of a wild Jonathon Niese, Acosta’s first major league win since beating the Mets for Atlanta last July 16.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes made a leaping backhand catch of pinch-hitter Brian McCann’s liner to end the eighth with two on.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his third save in four chances.

Since their long skid began last spring, the only times the Mets had strung together three straight wins were July 25-30 against Houston and Colorado (five in a row) and a three-game sweep of Houston that closed the season.

Atlanta has lost four straight, its steepest skid since dropping its final six games last year.

Jurrjens (0-2) entered 6-1 in his career against the Mets, including 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in five starts last year.

Given a 1-0 lead on David Ross’ RBI single in the sixth, he gave it right back and allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings.

Chipper Jones took a pair of called third strikes and was removed after 2½ innings on his 38th birthday. Jones had a sore right hip, according to the Braves. He has been bothered this month by a strained right oblique.

Martin Prado, who didn’t start because of a sore hamstring, replaced Jones at third base in the third inning.

Jones is a career .419 hitter (18 for 43) on his birthday with three doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs, according to STATS LLC. The Braves entered with a 9-1 record when he played on his birthday, losing 11-6 at Houston in 2001 when he homered twice.

New York’s David Wright struck out for the 11th straight game, extending his career high.

Dodgers 4, Nationals 3

WASHINGTON — Russell Martin lined a two-out RBI single off Miguel Batista in the 13th inning, Casey Blake threw out the potential tying run at home in the bottom half after homering twice and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-3.

Batista (0-2) entered in the 11th and retired the first two batters in the 13th. But Rafael Furcal singled, stole second, and scored on Martin’s hit to center on a full count.

Carlos Monasterios (1-0), Los Angeles’ seventh pitcher, threw the final 2 2-3 innings. In the 13th, he allowed Ivan Rodriguez’s single, then Nyjer Morgan’s double, putting runners at second and third with one out.

But third baseman Blake threw out Rodriguez at home on Ian Desmond’s fielder’s choice grounder.

Padres 5, Reds 0

CINCINNATI — Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second straight day, Wade LeBlanc pitched three-hit ball over six innings and San Diego Padres won its eighth straight.

Will Venable also connected and Yorvit Torrealba added a two-run double to help send the Reds to their eighth loss in 10 games.

LeBlanc (1-0), making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Portland on April 18, walked two and struck out three.

Johnny Cueto (0-1) lasted six innings and picked up his first decision in four starts. The Padres reached him for seven hits and five runs. He walked one and struck out five.

Marlins 4, Rockies 1

DENVER — Ricky Nolasco allowed one run over eight innings and Dan Uggla and Brett Carroll each homered, leading the Florida Marlins past the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader.

Jorge Cantu singled in the third to drive in a run and extend his hitting streak to 21 games, including all 17 Marlins games this season.

He finished 2009 with a hit in each of Florida’s last four games.

Nolasco (2-0), who had a complete-game victory over Philadelphia in his previous start, struck out nine and walked none in another dominant outing at Coors Field. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the hitter-friendly park.

Leo Nunez got three outs for his fourth save in five chances.

Astros 5, Pirates 2

HOUSTON — Wandy Rodriguez struck out seven to earn his first win, and the Houston Astros beat Pittsburgh 5-2 in a game that began with Pirates’ starter Chris Jakubauskas getting hit in the head by Lance Berkman’s line drive.

Jakubauskas (0-1), who was called up from the minors on Friday, was making his first start of the season.

Berkman drove a 1-0 pitch straight back to the mound in the first inning, and the ball hit Jakubauskas just behind his right ear.

Jakubauskas was taken off the field on a medical cart. He gave a thumbs up to the crowd, who offered a standing ovation. He was rushed to a Houston hospital, and was being kept overnight for observation.

Cubs 5, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE — Ted Lilly threw six shutout innings in his season debut, Carlos Zambrano made his first appearance out of the bullpen in almost eight years and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1.

Lilly (1-0) gave up three hits, struck out four and walked two after being activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He was out while recovering from shoulder surgery in November.

Zambrano gave up a run in 1 1-3 innings and had a sacrifice fly in a three-run eighth inning.

Doug Davis (0-2) pitched six strong innings for Milwaukee, which has scored just two runs in two games after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 20-0 Thursday.

To make room for Lilly, Zambrano was moved to the bullpen this week after starting the season 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA in four starts.

He was 100-58 as a full-time starter from 2003-09.

He came on to protect a 2-0 lead with two outs and runners on first and third in the seventh, replacing John Grabow. He entered to a standing ovation from the large number of Cubs fans in attendance — and boos from the Brewers fans.

Zambrano threw two fastballs to Rickie Weeks, retiring him on a check-swing grounder to the mound and getting high fives from his teammates as he returned to the Cubs dugout.

Phillies 3,

Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX — Jayson Werth hit two solo homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the ninth inning, and Raul Ibanez also connected to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2.

Philadelphia’s home runs spoiled Ian Kennedy’s best outing of the season and prevented Arizona from winning consecutive games for the second time this year.

Ibanez tied it with a solo shot in the seventh inning and Werth hit a mammoth drive to center off Juan Gutierrez (0-2) with two outs in the ninth.

Ryan Madson got three outs for his fourth save in five attempts. Jose Contreras (1-1) struck out three in a scoreless eighth for the win.