Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/10/12
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross was a little concerned when starting pitcher Paul Maholm seemed to labor during his pregame bullpen Friday. As it turned out, it was the New York Mets who had plenty to worry about. Maholm continued his red-hot pitching by throwing a three-hit shutout and Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla each hit two-run homers as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets, 4-0, in front of a crowd of 25,101 at Citi Field Friday night. "He was masterful," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He had all of his pitches working." Maholm (10-7) needed just 95 pitches to complete the fourth shutout of his career. The win was his first as a member of the Braves, who maintained their lead in the National League wild card race. The Mets fell to 8-19 since the All-Star Break. "That's kind of the catcher's dream right there," Ross said. "I could have thrown a thumb down and he would have made a good pitch. It didn't matter. That's a lot of fun for a catcher." ...
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