NEW YORK (AP) – Julio Teheran gave flashes of his vast potential in earning his first big league win and the Atlanta Braves, using a lineup with Chipper Jones starting as the No. 2 hitter for the first time in 15 years, beat the New York Mets 5-1 Thursday night to complete a sweep of a doubleheader made necessary by the threat of Hurricane Irene.
Jones had a sacrifice fly and RBI double in the nightcap and a solo homer and a double in the opener, a 6-5 victory for Atlanta. The Braves were making a quick stop in New York to play two games postponed Aug. 27-28 after being handed their first three-game sweep of the season, by the Phillies.
The Braves next head to St. Louis for a crucial series with the team they lead in the wild-card race by 7 games. Only several hundred fans were on hand to see the start of the twinbill at 4:10 p.m. A few thousand more sat through a misty rain in the nightcap, though the announced attendance was 25,953.
Dodgers 7, Nationals 4
WASHINGTON — Tony Gwynn hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning as Los Angeles beat Washington in the first game of a doubleheader.
Gwynn drove in Jerry Sands and Rod Barajas with a long double to center off Drew Storen (6-3). Dee Gordonadded a run-scoring single — setting a career high with his fourth hit of the game.
Mike MacDougal (3-1), the Dodgers’ sixth pitcher, worked a scoreless eighth for the win. Javy Guerrapitched the ninth for his 16th save. Six Los Angeles relievers held Washington hitless over the last 6⅓ innings.
The second game of the doubleheader was later rained out.