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Hits and Misses (July 24)

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Braves 5 Mets 2 (51-45, 1st place, ½ game ahead of Phillies) Hits: The Braves rallied for four in the eighth to come from behind and beat the Mets 5-2, and JD Drew extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a single in the third. Ten different braves batters reached safely on base hits, including every batter in the starting lineup, even pitcher John Thomson, and Charles Thomas who had come into the game as a pinch runner. Seven of eight starters (not including Thomson) also reached base on walks! Misses: Drew's single in the third left the bases loaded with one out, but Chipper Jones and Julio Franco hit into consecutive fielder's choices to end the threat without a run scoring. The Mets threatened big in the first when Johnny Estrada's throwing error left a runner on third, and after two consecutive walks the bases were loaded, but Estrada made up for it by participating in a third-to-catcher-to-first double play to douse the Mets' spark. Line of the Day: Al Leiter: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 1 R -- He lowered his major-league-best ERA to 2.22 and his bullpen lost it for him. Too bad, so sad!

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