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Mets can't solve Braves, fall in 10 innings

NEW YORK -- One night after Atlanta shelled Mets pitchers for 11 runs, New York held Atlanta at bay before Bobby Parnell allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. After a leadoff single by Martin Prado, Parnell later issued two one-out walks -- the first one intentional to Freddie Freeman -- before Brian McCann drove a sacrifice fly to right field. The 3-2 loss sealed a three-game sweep for the Braves.

New York threatened in the bottom of the frame after Jordany Valdespin hit a leadoff pinch-hit single before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ruben Tejada. But Scott Hairston followed with a strikeout -- Valdespin stole third as Hairston swung through strike three -- and David Wright flied out to right to end the game two batters later.

The Braves almost went ahead in the top of the ninth after Chipper Jones drew a pinch-hit one-out walk before pinch-runner Reed Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch and an ensuing groundout. But Mets closer Frank Francisco struck out Michael Bourn to escape the jam.

Starter Chris Young delivered six solid innings for New York, giving up two runs and striking out seven. He allowed just five hits but issued four free passes.

Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson also allowed two runs, but departed with two outs in the sixth -- at just 70 pitches -- after allowing consecutive two-out doubles to Daniel Murphy and Wright, the latter scoring the tying run.

The Mets initially took a 1-0 lead with a fourth-inning RBI single by Ike Davis, but Bourn answered with one of his own in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Atlanta took a 2-1 lead on McCann's home run in the sixth before New York again tied it in the bottom of the frame.

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NEW Full Game Coverage YORK -- One night after Atlanta shelled Mets pitchers for 11 runs, New York held Atlanta at bay before Bobby Parnell allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. After a leadoff single by Martin Prado, Parnell later issued two one-out walks -- the first one intentional to Freddie Freeman -- before Brian McCann drove a sacrifice fly to right field. The 3-2 loss sealed a three-game sweep for the Braves.

New York threatened in the bottom of the frame after Jordany Valdespin hit a leadoff pinch-hit single before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ruben Tejada. But Scott Hairston followed with a strikeout -- Valdespin stole third as Hairston swung through strike three -- and David Wright flied out to right to end the game two batters later.

The Braves almost went ahead in the top of the ninth after Chipper Jones drew a pinch-hit one-out walk before pinch-runner Reed Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch and an ensuing groundout. But Mets closer Frank Francisco struck out Michael Bourn to escape the jam.

Starter Chris Young delivered six solid innings for New York, giving up two runs and striking out seven. He allowed just five hits but issued four free passes.

Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson also allowed two runs, but departed with two outs in the sixth -- at just 70 pitches -- after allowing consecutive two-out doubles to Daniel Murphy and Wright, the latter scoring the tying run.

The Mets initially took a 1-0 lead with a fourth-inning RBI single by Ike Davis, but Bourn answered with one of his own in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Atlanta took a 2-1 lead on McCann's home run in the sixth before New York again tied it in the bottom of the frame.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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