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ATL@NYM: Gee holds Braves to one run over seven

Mets right-hander Dillon Gee may not be getting a mind-blowing amount of run support this season, but his Padres counterpart would love that same level of offense.

Gee won his first start in his return from a strained right lat by limiting the Braves to one run over seven innings. His return sparked some extra life into an already rejuvenated Mets ballclub with the offense chipping in three runs in the final frame of Gee's start.

"I don't know what they've been going through," Gee said of his teammates. "I just know it's nice now. Everyone's having a lot of fun and it's high energy. It's like we're expecting to win when we go out there."

Despite posting numbers worthy of an All-Star selection, Padres right-hander Tyson Ross has only felt that winning feeling once since the calendar flipped to June. And that was when he tossed a shutout against the Reds.

Ross received just one run of support through the month of June, and it came on his own sacrifice fly. He's given up two or fewer runs in each of his last five starts. Over that span, the Padres have contributed a total of eight runs to his cause.

But Padres manager Bud Black is more concerned about the numbers Ross can control, including an average of 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

"He's an All-Star and he pitched like an All-Star all year," Black said. "We're very proud of the way he's pitched. It takes time. Pitchers don't develop overnight. We're proud of him and what he's done."

Mets: Buying or selling stance depends on trip
When the Mets emerge from their 10-game road trip, general manager Sandy Alderson believes he will have a better sense of the team's direction for the July 31 Trade Deadline.

But it was the 10 games leading into the All-Star break that have Alderson in this position.

The Mets went 8-2 to close out the first half, leaving the team seven games out of the National League East. Now, Alderson isn't sure if he's leaning toward filling a hole in left field or selling high-priced veterans, like right-hander Bartolo Colon. Only the next week and a half will tell.

"The next 10 days or so are going to be as important, if not more important, as the last 10 before the break," Alderson said. "It was nice to go 8-2, but we've got a lot of ground to make up. It will be important to put wins on the board the rest of the way. I think that will give us a good idea."

Padres: Infield making progress on injury front
First baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Jedd Gyorko and shortstop Everth Cabrera are all inching closer to returning from injuries.

Alonso made a rehab start with the Arizona Rookie-level squad Friday to register his first action since landing on the disabled list with right wrist tendintis June 19.

Gyorko began his battle back from plantar fasciitis with Triple-A El Paso on Friday, but the Padres plan on easing him in. He's scheduled to play six innings Saturday before a full game on Sunday.

"He has to build up stamina, he's been out for seven weeks," Black said. "We'd like to think that he's in a good frame of mind physically and mentally. He's swinging well, he's moving well."

Cabrera (left hamstring strain) will remain with the Padres through the week, but he could start his rehab assignment as soon as Monday.

Worth noting
• Padres first baseman Tommy Medica will likely avoid a trip to the disabled list, as his groin injury progressed well over the All-Star break.

• Left-hander Jon Niese's bullpen session went well Friday, leaving him on pace to rejoin the Mets' rotation Monday against the Mariners.

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