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Lucas Duda almost hits for cycle in win over Braves

Lucas Duda is congratulated by teammates after hitting

Lucas Duda is congratulated by teammates after hitting a third-inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. (Sept. 4, 2013) Credit: Getty

ATLANTA -- Lucas Duda kept it together Wednesday, though even the Mets first baseman could appreciate the absurdity of the notion.

"I wasn't thinking cycle at all," Duda said after lifting the Mets to a 5-2 win over the Braves. "I don't know if you know but I'm not the fastest guy on the field so, something might have had to happen. An outfielder might have had to fall down, and trip, and fall down again for me to get a triple."

Duda settled for a 3-for-5 afternoon, with a single, a double, and a solo homer, his first since he was recalled from the minors on Aug. 24. The outburst came at a good time for Duda, who essentially is auditioning for a job at first base next season with Ike Davis likely finished for the remainder of the season.

"We know from the past that when he's swinging good, he's dangerous, real dangerous," manager Terry Collins said. "Not just power wise. He can hit lefties, he can drive in runs, and we're hoping that we see it here in the last 31/2 weeks."

Davis, who strained his oblique against the Nationals last Friday night, received a cortisone injection. Collins said he would be surprised if Davis resumes baseball activity within the next three weeks, effectively eliminating any chance that he returns before season's end.

Getting Wright

David Wright (hamstring) may be approaching an important juncture in his efforts to return before the end of the season. Collins said the club hopes Wright is at 100 percent while doing baseball activities by this weekend.

"If he's ready to play, we've got to get him back here," Collins said.


Extra bases

Wilmer Flores (ankles) did not start for the fourth time in five games . . . Daniel Murphy is hitting .459 during his nine-game hitting streak, which he extended in the first inning with a triple . . . Juan Lagares extended his hit streak to 10 games with an infield single.


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