Suzuki hits first homer with Braves

The Braves’ Kurt Suzuki hits a three-run homer during the fifth inning Thursday. AP photo

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Kurt Suzuki hit his first home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, a three-run drive that helped send the team to a 7-5 win over the New York Mets.

Suzuki, a Baldwin High School graduate, homered in the fifth inning after his passed ball allowed a run to score in the fourth.

“(The home run) felt good, after letting that ball get by,” Suzuki said on the Braves’ website. “Great timing, I guess.”

The Mets had tied the score with two runs in the fourth, the second of which came on Suzuki’s passed ball on a pitch from R.A. Dickey (2-2), who left after five innings due to a quadriceps spasm.

Kurt Suzuki of the Braves watches his home run in the fifth inning of Atlanta’s 7-5 win over the New York Mets on Thursday. AP photo

Suzuki’s homer, his first extra-base hit of the year, was part of a four-run fifth that made the score 6-2. He finished 1-for-3 with two walks and scored two runs.

New York’s Yoenis Cespedes suffered a strained hamstring on a fourth-inning double and will go on the disabled list.

Cespedes had returned to the Mets’ lineup Wednesday after leaving a game last week with what was called a left hamstring cramp.

New York has lost six games in a row, and 10 of its last 11.

Matt Harvey (2-1) took the loss starting in place of Noah Syndergaard, scratched due to biceps and shoulder discomfort. Harvey walked three batters in an inning for the first time in his big league career in the second, and lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs.

“Overall mechanically, it just felt really tight on the mound and couldn’t get loose,” Harvey said. “I wasn’t really physically prepared for starting today.”

From Maui to the Majors

Statistics for Baldwin graduate Kurt Suzuki of the Atlanta Braves:

THURSDAY: 1-3, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs, 2 BB, K, PB. Walked and scored in second inning, walked in fourth, hit three-run homer in fifth.

SEASON: .179 batting avg. (5-28), 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 runs, 2-4 on SB attempts against, 4 PB.