By Dave Buscema, The Sports Xchange
NEW YORK -- The Braves followed a familiar formula Saturday, getting another strong pitching performance from Kris Medlen, but this time Atlanta added a little more offense than it had produced recently.
With help from a career high-tying four hits, a homer and four RBI from Brian McCann, the Braves produced an 11-3 win in a game delayed by rain for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Medlen (8-1) pitched six innings of two-run ball, extending the Braves' scoreless streak to 31 innings before the Mets scored in the fourth, and Atlanta won its fourth in a row. The run also marked the first earned one scored against Medlen in 40 2/3 innings. The Braves have won Medlen's last 19 starts, spread over three years.
However, after squeaking by while scoring five runs in their previous three wins, the Braves put up 17 hits, including the big day from McCann, who homered and doubled for his first extra-base hits since July 31. Eric Hinske also homered, while Dan Uggla added three hits and three runs, and Martin Prado had three hits, two RBI and a run.
"These types of games, they're not going to come very often," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of his team's big day offensively. "I'd rather have pitching and defense, rather than slow-pitch softball."
Lucas Duda had two hits and two RBI for the Mets, who also got a home run from Ronny Cedeno.
Atlanta quickly chased Mets starter Jeremy Hefner (2-6), pounding him for five runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Atlanta took a 5-0 lead with four in the third, when McCann smacked a two-run double to center and Medlen added his own RBI double two batters later.
"He was off," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "That's his whole game, command of his stuff, and he was missing with everything.
"Falling behind and when guys like him fall behind, they have to come into the middle of the plate and get hurt."
After the Mets scored on Duda's RBI single, McCann upped the lead to 7-1 with a two-run shot to right off reliever Robert Carson.
"I felt like it's the first time in a while I made an impact," McCann said. "It's been a rough year, for sure."
The Mets countered with a run in the bottom of the fifth on Cedeno's pinch-hit home run to left, making it 7-2.
Atlanta added a run in the sixth on a RBI groundout by Chipper Jones, who has been held hitless in the first two games of his final series in Flushing.
As Jeurys Familia warmed up to start the seventh inning, a torrential storm came down. The storm, which also halted play during the USC-Syracuse college football game at MetLife Stadium and canceled matches at the U.S. Open, prompted the stoppage at 6:05 p.m.
After the rain stopped and started, the Braves came back with a three-run seventh off Familia with four hits, including a two-run single by Prado.
Asked if he had second thoughts about bringing in the rookie after the rain delay, Collins said he didn't think it was a factor.
"He just had warmed up. He was fine to pitch," Collins said. "I wanted to get him an inning today."
For the Braves, it was nice to put a solid overall effort together after squeezing by with a pair of 1-0 wins and a 3-0 victory in their previous three games.
"We have a complete team," McCann said. "We have speed, we have power, we have pitching."
NOTES: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (fractured right pinkie) is scheduled to join the Braves on Monday after finishing up a rehab stint with Class A Lynchburg this weekend. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said in his pregame press briefing there would be no restrictions on Simmons, who has missed almost two months. ... The Braves' winning streak when Medlen starts is the longest since the Yankees won 20 in a row with Roger Clemens on the mound in 2001. ... Mets manager Terry Collins said he would try to get right-handers Jenrry Mejia and Familia a start each before the end of the season, though he added Familia was less certain to get one. Mejia could start Sept. 19, Collins said. ... New York center fielder Andres Torres was out of Saturday's lineup after leaving Friday's game in the second inning with a bruised left knee. Collins said Torres could have played, but he wanted to give him an extra day. ... The Mets announced tickets for Saturday's rain-delayed game can be redeemed for tickets to Monday's game against Washington.
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