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Braves 2, Mets 1

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That conjured up some memories. John Smoltz (10-5) and 2 relievers shut down the Mets. Tom Glavine went 7 innings for the Mets, giving up 1 run despite having baserunners all over the place. The Braves got the winning run off of another former Brave, Roberto Hernandez, on a bad-hop RBI single by Wilson Betemit off of Jose Reyes that split Reyes' fingernail in the top of the 8th(that had to hurt). After David Wright hit his 3rd homer of the series in the 2nd inning, Smoltzie shut the door. He went 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits, a walk, and struck out 5 including his 2,500th career strikeout. Dan Kolb pitched a scoreless 8th, and Chris Reitsma (who only had a bad bruise instead of broken ribs) pitched a scoreless 9th for his eighth save. Rafael Furcal hit an RBI triple in the 4th inning to tie the game at 1. The Braves then missed several opportunities to score runs, including big chances in the 5th and 6th. This is evidenced by them scoring only 2 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks. Betemit singled in the 2nd run in the 8th scoring Giles, who had singled earlier in the inning. Kolb and Reitsma managed to hang on for the win. Offensive contributors: Rafael Furcal kept up his awesome all-around play lately, going 2-3 with a triple, an RBI, 2 walks (and played great defense, saving possibly 2 or 3 runs). Brian McCann was 2-4 with a run scored. Jeff Francoeur was 2-4. Andruw Jones was 1-2 with 2 walks. Tim Hudson will return from the Disabled List tomorrow to pitch against Victor Zambrano. At this point, it looks like Davies and Colon will go down to Richmond (to make room for Huddy and Hampton) with Jay Powell taking Bernero's place. The gNats are winning by one in the 8th, if that holds up they will remain 2.5 games up. The Marlins are winning a slugfest against the Phillies late, so the Braves look likely to remain 4.5 games in the Wild Card lead. Update:The Nationals lost in extra innings on a walk-off balk by Mike Stanton before he ever threw a pitch. The Braves are now within 1.5 games of 1st. The Marlins hung on to win; Braves have 4.5 game lead for the WC.

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