Mets Beat Braves, Go 2-0
Homers by Lucas Duda and David Wright helped the Mets in Saturday's home game.
The New York Mets picked up their second win in as many games, helped out by smaller dimensions at their home field and by a Braves team with an anemic offense.
Lucas Duda homered twice and became the first player to take advantage of the pulled-in fences at Citi Field as the Mets improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2009.
David Wright kept hitting with a homer and two singles. Coming off a down year and injury-interrupted spring training, the All-Star had two hits and drove in the only run in Thursday's opener against Atlanta.
Josh Thole lined a go-ahead single with two outs in the fifth inning off well-traveled Livan Hernandez, making his first regular-season relief appearance since his major league debut in 1996.
With hot dog wrappers blowing around the field, Duda launched a drive to right-center field in the fourth. The ball flew over the new fence, yet several feet in front of where the old wall still stands.
Duda hit another solo shot run in the seventh off Chad Durbin, a drive to right that would've been a home run in any year. Wright's homer in the first was an opposite-field shot to right-center.
Pitcher R. A Dickey (1-0) kept the Braves off-balance for six innings, allowing five hits and working around four walks.
Dickey drew attention this spring with his revealing biography, a book in which he wrote about being sexually abused as a boy. He returned the focus to the field with his pitching, plus his alert play at the plate.
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