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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)

Freddie Freeman is feeling good as opening day approaches.

Freeman homered twice for his second straight game, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 7-5 Tuesday in a matchup of teams that open against each other April 5.

''I've been feeling pretty comfortable the last week, so I was just trying to get some got swings on the ball and keep it going,'' Freeman said. ''I'm just trying to get my swing back up through the middle here. I can use the whole field with every pitch, and it's paying off for me.''

Freeman, who homered twice Sunday, sent a slider over the left-field wall n the seventh, then hit a drive to center in the ninth for his fifth home run of spring training.

A day after making his spring training debut, the Mets' David Wright was 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly. Wright, who tore an abdominal muscle early in camp, had been expected to get Tuesday off.

''We felt comfortable we wanted to get him back out there today,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''We will give him tomorrow off. He looks good swinging certainly really good signs.''

Michael Bourn homered in the second off the Mets' Chris Schwinden, and Lucas Duda connected in the bottom half against Buddy Carlyle.

''I think Lucas Duda is going to be a dynamic talent,'' Collins said. ''Obviously, he is power supreme. I just believe he is getting very comfortable with the fact he is a major league player and he belongs here and he can hit here. He already has shown us he can hit lefties and hit righties, he can hit the ball out of the ballpark. What you've seen with some of his home runs is why I think the reconfiguration of Citi Field will be a big difference for him.''

New York pulled the fences at the pitcher-friendly ballpark during the offseason.

Carlyle, who pitched for Atlanta from 2007-09 seasons, allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.

''It was nice to see Buddy come up and give us four strong innings, and Freddie, it's been three or four games now where he is starting to see those at-bats get better and better, so that's a good sign,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''The wind helped us a little.''

NOTES: Mets LF Jason Bay remained out of the lineup for a second straight day after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday against the Nationals. ... New York OF Scott Hairston, nursing a strained oblique muscle, played in a minor league game and is slated to return to the lineup Wednesday. ... CF Andres Torres (strained calf) hit in the batting cages Tuesday. ... Mets reliever Tim Byrdak is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since surgery March 13 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Tagged: Braves, Mets, Buddy Carlyle, Freddie Freeman, Lucas Duda

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