Ollie struggles, but Adams blasts off for Mets

Ollie struggles, but Adams blasts off for Mets

Ollie struggles, but Adams blasts off for Mets
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Mike Minor solidified his bid to begin the season as the Braves' fifth starter while Oliver Perez further clouded his future with the Mets.

Perez issued three consecutive two-out walks in the Braves' three-run fourth inning, but the Mets prevailed on Russ Adams' three-run home run off Scott Proctor in the eighth for a 5-4 win over Atlanta at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

"Adams can do a lot of things for you," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's got good power."

After Mets starter Chris Young tossed two scoreless innings, Joe Mather delivered a one-out double off Perez and scored on Martin Prado's RBI single in the third. The Mets' left-hander recorded two strikeouts in the inning at the expense of Shawn Bowman and Jordan Schafer.

Bowman, a former Mets prospect, gained some revenge when he capped the three-run fourth with a two-run single to left field. But the inning's highlight was a leadoff single delivered by Chipper Jones, who scored when Perez issued his third consecutive two-out walk to Mather.

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Despite being owed $12 million on his contract, Perez entered Spring Training competing for a roster spot.

Jones was caught looking at a called third strike against Young in the third, and shattered his bat with a swing that produced a weak fly out to right in the fifth. Serving as the designated hitter, the 38-year-old third baseman was playing for the first time since tearing his left ACL on Aug. 10.

Minor, who is the favorite to begin the season as Atlanta's fifth starter, needed just 17 pitches (10 strikes) to complete two perfect innings.

Rodrigo Lopez and Brandon Beachy, who are the other candidates for the fifth spot, also pitched effectively. Lopez began the game with two scoreless innings and Beachy allowed a pair of runs in two innings, driven in by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Up next: Mike Pelfrey will make his Grapefruit League debut against the Nationals in a 1:10 p.m. ET game Monday, the first outing in a sequence that lines him up for Opening Day in Miami. Also making their Grapefruit League debuts at Digital Domain Park will be D.J. Carrasco, who signed a two-year deal this past offseason, and Jason Isringhausen, who is looking to resurrect his career with the Mets. One of those two is likely to face Nationals No. 1 Draft pick Bryce Harper, who is scheduled to make his spring debut.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.