Heilman, homers spark Mets over Braves
FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) --
made his case to avoid being labeled a one-hit wonder.
Heilman yielded a run and two hits in seven innings and
both hit two-run homers in a five-run sixth as the
New York Mets
' four-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory.
Entering the season with 10 losses in 13 career decisions, Heilman (2-2) pitched a one-hitter against Florida on April 15, outdueling former World Series MVP
. But the 26-year-old righthander came crashing back to earth against the Marlins in his previous start, giving up seven runs in four innings.
Displaying some resiliency that the Mets have been looking for, Heilman allowed just singles to
in the first and sixth. He walked one, struck out five and allowed his only run when
hit into a double play in the first.
"I'd like to think that (the two good starts) do not go unnoticed," Heilman said. "All I can do is pitch the best I can. I felt good. Not as good as the one-hitter, but I felt good."
Heilman also made amends for a loss in Atlanta on April 9 in which he allowed five runs in five innings.
"He's going to continue to be better every time out," said New York catcher
, who finished with three hits. "His attitude is great. He's not letting the bad outings get him down."
In two starts at Shea Stadium this season, Heilman has allowed one run and three hits in 16 innings.
"I don't attribute the home success to anything," Heilman said. "I just didn't get away from my game plan."
The young pitcher also survived a shaky outing by his bullpen as
combined to give up three runs and four hits in two innings. In the ninth, Looper overcame an error by third baseman Wright, striking out pinch hitter
with the potential tying run on second for his third save.
"We got out of it," Looper said. "
is a great third baseman and will only get better."
Floyd snapped a 1-1 tie with his fifth home run, extending his hitting streak to 12 games for the Mets, who won for the 11th time in 15 games.
(1-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"I don't want to say it rattled me, but he did with it what he's supposed to do with it," said Ramirez about Floyd's homer.
New York shortstop Kaz Matsui started the five-run rally with a one-out single before Piazza lined a run-scoring double. It marked the first time Piazza had more than two hits in a game since back-to-back three-hit contests June 23-24 against Cincinnati.
"I thought (Ramirez) was locked in on Piazza and then he left a pitch right over the plate," Braves manager
Floyd followed with his homer,
singled and Wright ended Ramirez' night by battling back from an 0-2 count and homering to left-center field on a full count.
hit his first career homer, a pinch-hit two-run blast off Hernandez in the eighth. The final Atlanta run scored on Wright's error in the ninth. Furcal had three hits and stole a career-best three bases. All of the thefts came off Piazza, who was behind the plate for four steals by Washington on Sunday.
Atlanta played without third baseman
, who suffered a bruised left foot Sunday and is listed as day-to-day.