published Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Simmons powers streaking Braves past Mets 5-4

New York Mets third baseman Eric Campbell (29) has trouble fielding a ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta on Monday, June 30, 2014.
New York Mets third baseman Eric Campbell (29) has trouble fielding a ball hit by Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta on Monday, June 30, 2014.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in Atlanta's three-run fourth helped the streaking Braves beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit two-run homers for the Mets, who have lost three straight and six of seven.

The Braves overcame a shaky start from Mike Minor to protect their one-half game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta has won six straight, its longest streak of the season.

Shae Simmons (1-0) took over for Minor in the fifth and pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Craig Kimbrel earned his 26th save by striking out Eric Young Jr., Granderson and Bobby Abreu in the ninth.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. He has lost three straight starts.

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