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Braves take 2 of 3 from Mets

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Season record: 13-9. Tied for 1st with the Marlins, who play tonight. Monday: Mets 5, Braves 4 The Braves offense was shut down for most of the game by Aaron Heilman. Horacio Ramirez (1-2) pitched 5 shutout innings and had a 1-0 lead, then ran out of gas in the 6th as the Mets scored all 5 of their runs. Ramirez was pulled after going 5 and two thirds innings, allowing 5 runs while giving up 9 hits, no walks, and striking out 3. The damage was mainly done on home runs by Cliff Floyd and David Wright. Most of the Braves offense came from Rafael Furcal, who was 3 for 4, and Pete Orr who hit a pinch-hit 2 run homer off of former Brave Roberto Hernandez in the 8th. It was his first career homer. Tuesday: Braves 4, Mets 3 John Smoltz (1-3) picked up his first win, beating Pedro Martinez. Smoltz didn't have his best stuff, but the great pitchers know how to win anyway. He went 6 and two thirds innings, allowing one run on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Chris Reitsma got out of a 7th inning jam, then pitched a scoreless 8th. Dan Kolb nearly blew the save in the 9th, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, and was yanked with 2 runners on base with 2 outs and the score 4-3. I don't know how much longer he will be the closer now, it appears Bobby has lost faith in him. John Foster came on and coaxed a pop-up from Cliff Floyd to pick up the save. Most of the Braves offense in this game came from Johnny Estrada, who was the only Brave with more than one hit. He was 2 for 3, both hits doubles, and had 3 RBI. Wednesday: Braves 8, Mets 4 The Braves hammered Tom Glavine again. Andruw Jones was 3 for 5 with a double and his 3rd homer, Wilson Betemit was 2 for 3 with a double and his first career homer, Eddie Perez was 2 for 4 with his 1st homer of the season, and Marcus Giles was 2 for 4 with a walk. Mike Hampton (3-0) pitched 7 good innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Since July 4, he is 14-1. Jorge Sosa came on to pitch in the 8th and struggled. It was his first time pitching since April 19, and his control was off. After loading the bases on 2 walks and a single, Chris Reitsma came in. After a passed-ball strike on which it appeared Perez was crossed-up, scoring a run, Reitsma got a short fly ball on which the runners could not advance. Then he got a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat. Adam Bernero pitched a scoreless 9th with a 4 run lead.

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