Jason Heyward is recovering his power stroke just in time for the Atlanta Braves' September push for the playoffs.
Heyward homered and drove in four runs, Martin Prado drove in three runs and the NL East-leading Braves beat the New York Mets 9-3 on Monday night.
Heyward had four hits, including a three-run homer off Pat Misch in the second inning. He has five homers in August after hitting only one total in June and July, when he was slowed by a thumb injury.
Jair Jurrjens (6-4) gave up six hits and matched his career high with six walks, but his eight strikeouts helped him limit the Mets to three runs in 52/3 innings.
Heyward is hitting .278 - his high mark since June 3. The four hits and four RBIs each matched Heyward's career high.
Around the AL
C.J. Wilson allowed two hits over 72/3 innings to lead Texas to a 3-0 win over Kansas City. Wilson improved to 7-0 in nine starts since the All-Star break. ... Brent Lillibridge atoned for a costly error in the ninth inning by hitting a two-out homer in the 11th as Chicago opened a critical 10-game road trip with a 10-6 win over Cleveland.
Around the NL
Jay Bruce singled off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning, rallying Cincinnati to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee that extended its NL Central lead to a season-high six games. ... J.A. Happ threw a two-hitter and rookie Brett Wallace had a career-high three hits and drove in a run to help Houston beat struggling St. Louis 3-0. The Cardinals have dropped six of seven. ... Carlos Zambrano allowed one unearned run in 51/3 innings and hit a two-run homer to lead Chicago to a 14-2 win over Pittsburgh.
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