Pelfrey settles in for smooth tuneup as Mets win

Pelfrey settles in for smooth tuneup as Mets win

Pelfrey settles in for smooth tuneup as Mets win
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mike Pelfrey saved his best spring start for last.

In his final tuneup before Opening Day, Pelfrey held the Braves to two runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday, in an 8-2 Mets victory at Digital Domain Park.

"I thought today was by far my best outing of the spring," Pelfrey said. "The fastball velocity got where it needed to be. I felt like the ball was jumping out of my hand today."

After allowing two runs in the second inning on Brooks Conrad's single and Derek Lowe's bases-loaded double play, Pelfrey settled down to cruise through the middle innings, giving up just two hits the rest of the way. He is scheduled to start Opening Day against the Marlins on Friday.

The only Braves hitter to solve Pelfrey was rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman, who finished 2-for-2 with a double and a walk.

The Mets took an early lead off Lowe on Angel Pagan's RBI single in the first, then padded it on David Wright's run-scoring double and Ike Davis' sacrifice fly. Willie Harris drove in two runs off Lowe with a single in the third inning, before Pelfrey singled home Brad Emaus with two outs.

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Lowe, the Braves' Opening Day starter, gave up six runs (four earned) in four innings, walking three and allowing seven hits.

The Braves committed five errors, including two by Wilkin Ramirez.

Up next for the Braves: The Braves will send Kenshin Kawakami to the mound to oppose Roy Halladay and the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium in a 1:05 p.m. ET game available on MLB.TV. Given a chance to get an early look at Halladay, the Braves are expected to play the red-hot Chipper Jones and most of their projected starting position players. This game will also give the Braves another chance to showcase Kawakami, who arrived in camp aware of the fact the club would try to trade him before Opening Day.

Up next for the Mets: Jason Isringhausen will make his first appearance in over a week when the Mets travel to Jupiter, Fla. on Sunday for a game against the Cardinals. Isringhausen, who has not pitched since receiving a dose of anti-inflammatory medicine for his right elbow last weekend, is battling Blaine Boyer for the last spot in the bullpen. Lefty Jon Niese will start Sunday's 1:05 p.m. game, available on Gameday Audio, opposite right-hander Kyle McClellan.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.