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Hits and Misses (July 25)

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Braves 4 Mets 3 (52-45, 1st place, ½ game ahead of the Phillies) Hits: JD Drew extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a solo home run, his 24th home run and 100th hit of the season, against the wind in the the seventh; he extended his on-base streak to 39 games. Drew had also walked and scored earlier in the game. Andruw Jones was on base three times with two walks and a hit in four plate appearances (the other at-bat resulted, quite naturally, in a strikeout), extending his hitting streak to eight games. Rafael Furcal is 10-for-22 during his current six-game hitting streak, which he extended with an RBI double in the second. John Smoltz earned his 20th save of the season in a dominant 20-pitch performance, lowering his ERA from 2.09 to 2.03. The Braves remain a half game ahead of the Phillies for the NL East division lead. Misses: Charles Thomas dropped a fly ball in the fourth, allowing Todd Zeile to second base with no outs; three straight ground outs ended the threat. Marcus Giles booted a low popup to short right field in the ninth to allow the Mets a shot at tying the game, but nothing came of it. Braves batters struck out a discouraging 10 times, but otherwise it was a good day. Line of the Day: Gryboski (H), Reitsma (H), and Smoltz (Sv): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 R. If only the bullpen would never allow any runs!

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