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Braves beat Mets late, improve to 4-0

Apr 11, 2015 - 5:55 AM Atlanta, GA ( - Phil Gosselin came to the rescue with a two- out, two-run single which helped Atlanta claim a 5-3 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set.

Cameron Maybin homered and Chris Johnson added three hits for the Braves, who jumped out to their first 4-0 start in more than 20 years and have allowed just six runs this season.

"We believe in what we have here," Maybin said. "We like what we have."

Jim Johnson (1-0) fanned three in a scoreless eighth inning, then Jason Grilli picked up his third save by holding the visitors off the board in the ninth.

David Wright hit a two-run homer and John Mayberry added a solo shot for the Mets, who had taken two of three at Washington to open the year.

Rafael Montero (0-1) was charged with the deciding runs over his single relief frame.

Montero retired Jonny Gomes to end the seventh, but faced trouble in the next frame.

Chris Johnson began the hosts' final at-bat with a double, and his pinch runner, Jace Peterson, reached third on a fielder's choice grounder by Andrelton Simmons. Alberto Callaspo then worked a pinch-hit walk to load the bases, and though Maybin fanned, Gosselin punched a ball up the middle to bring two runners in.

Grilli walked a runner in the New York ninth but shut the door by getting Lucas Duda to strike out swinging.

Maybin's first-inning solo shot put the Braves on the board, and later in the frame, Nick Markakis reached on an error, moved to second on a Freddie Freeman hit and scored on a Gomes base hit.

Gomes scored on a Wilmer Flores error in the home third for a 3-0 game, but the Mets rallied in the fourth for three. Curtis Granderson walked ahead of a Wright blast to left center and Mayberry followed with his own solo shot.

"(The comeback) showed our resolve," Mayberry said. "It's one of the characteristics of this team."

Game Notes

Atlanta last opened up a season 4-0 in 1994 ... The Braves celebrated their 50th season in Atlanta with a pregame ceremony ... Eric Stults allowed seven hits and three runs over his five-inning stint for the hosts, while visiting starter Jon Niese gave up seven hits and three runs -- one earned -- over his five-frame outing.