Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 9/7/12
NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves are making their best pitch for the playoffs. Maholm and the Braves bullpen combined to give Atlanta three straight shutouts for the first time in exactly a decade, and the NL wild-card leaders beat the New York Mets 3-0 on Friday night. Coming off two 1-0 wins over Colorado, the Braves' staff stretched its scoreless streak to 28 innings. Atlanta last pitched three straight shutouts on Sept. 4-7, 2002, according to STATS LLC. "You try to throw up as many zeros as possible," Maholm said. Jason Heyward hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning and Dan Uggla also connected. This weekend marks Chipper Jones' last trip to New York to play the Mets, an opponent he has often wrecked in the past. The Mets presented the retiring 40-year-old star with a pricey piece of 3-D artwork as part of his farewell tour in a pregame ceremony, while the crowd responded with its usual boos. Jones did little, going 0 for 4, including a strikeout with ...
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