published Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Lagares, Gee lead Mets to 3-2 win over Braves

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    New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) and center fielder Juan Lagares celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. The Mets won 3-2.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NEW YORK — Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and ran down one ball after another in center field, sending Dillon Gee and the New York Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Gee stopped the longest losing streak of his career at five games, outpitching Alex Wood in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares, rated one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts.

One of them was spectacular — he robbed Wood of a base hit with a diving, tumbling grab in shallow center to end the third inning. Lagares also began the game by running a long way to track down consecutive fly balls, and he made all three putouts in the sixth.

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