Turner starts at shortstop in place of Tejada

Turner starts at shortstop in place of Tejada

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that he wants to give Ruben Tejada scheduled off-days in tandem with the team's two remaining days off -- Thursday and Sept. 20. But after Tejada's second straight 0-for-4 performance on Saturday against Atlanta -- and the Mets' ninth straight home game in which they scored three runs or fewer -- the shortstop was out of the starting lineup on Sunday.

Justin Turner got the start at shortstop, a combination of career success against Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson -- Turner was 3-for-4 with two home runs against the Braves right-hander entering Sunday -- and New York's need for any sort of offensive spark.

"The one thing we tried to address is that we're not scoring and we're not hitting," Collins said. "Even though it's a small sampling, 3-for-4 with two homers is a pretty good sampling against Hanson, so I wanted to get Justin in there today.

"It seems like when he's in the lineup, some things happen. He keeps it moving, he gets hit with a pitch or draws a walk, or gets a hit. With us scuffling the way we are as far as scoring, I thought I'd play him today."

Though he had only 153 at-bats entering Sunday, Turner was still batting .288 on the season with 17 RBIs and 13 doubles. He was 4-for-12 in September (.417) with two multihit games.