MLB: Atlanta 9, New York Mets 3

Aug. 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Freddie Freeman capped a big second inning with a three-run homer Saturday and the Atlanta Braves cruised to a 9-3 win over the New York Mets.

The Braves scored seven times in the second inning, staking an early 9-0 lead.

In addition to Freeman's clout, pitcher Kris Medlen, Michael Bourn, Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones each singled home a run in the uprising.

Freeman also had a two-run double in the first while Bourn finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored for Atlanta, which won for the 14th time in 17 contests.

Medlen (3-1) yielded only one run on five hits over 6 1/3 frames, walking one and striking out seven.

Mets starter Johan Santana (6-8) was pounded in his return from a three-week stint on the disabled list with a right ankle injury. The left-hander lasted only 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits.

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Mets.

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