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Braves sweep DH over New York Mets

Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones watches his RBI single against the New York Mets during the third inning, in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

    ATLANTA — Derek Lowe was grateful the Braves pulled out their best power game of the young season for another series-opening win.
    Alex Gonzalez hit two of Atlanta's four solo homers and the Braves finally provided some offense for Lowe, beating the skidding New York Mets 4-2 on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader.
    Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman also connected for the Braves, who had six hits.
    The four homers were a season high for Atlanta and the most for the team since hitting four in a 16-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 22, 2010.
    "It was good, it was needed," Lowe said. "It was kind of a struggle, a lot of line drives at people. I was not as sharp as I have been."
    Lowe (2-2) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He has a 1.82 ERA this season, but lost his previous two starts as the Braves were shut out by Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
    The Braves are 5-0 in series openers, but 2-8 in all other games.

Braves 4, Mets 0, Game 2
    Jair Jurrjens threw seven sharp innings in his return from the disabled list and the Atlanta Braves shut out the struggling New York Mets 4-0 Saturday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.
    Jurrjens combined with George Sherrill and Scott Linebrink on a two-hitter.
    In the opener, Alex Gonzalez hit two of Atlanta's four solo homers and the Braves finally provided some offense for Derek Lowe in a 4-2 victory.
    The Mets were swept in a doubleheader for the second time in three days to extend their losing streak to seven games, their longest since dropping 11 straight in 2004.
    Colorado swept the Mets in New York on Thursday.

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