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It got mighty slow around here during the week of the All-Star Break; here are game recaps for the past two victories over the Mets.

Braves 5, Mets 3

MVP: Garret Anderson. On a day where the Braves had just 5 runs and no other player with more than one hit, dude was 3-4 with a homer. Nice job, Garret.

LVP: Nate McLouth, 0-5.

MIP: Matt Diaz's 4th-inning double off Oliver Perez, driving in Brian McCann from first who slid into home head- and hand-first, broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Braves a lead they'd never relinquish.

UotG: The bullpen. 3 scoreless innings from Manny Acosta, Peter Moylan and Rafael Soriano are what made the lead stand up. Derek Lowe's picture-perfect definition of a "quality start" -- exactly 6 innings, exactly 3 runs -- put the Braves in the position to win, but they couldn't have done it without those three guys shutting the door.

Braves 11, Mets 0

MVP: Brian McCann. 3-4 with 4 RBI, he doubled the first two runs on the board and then his two-run shot gave the Braves a much bigger cushion. Jair was fantastic, but Brian's bat carried the day.

LVP: Nate McLouth is picking this trophy up like it's his job. He went 0-5 again, this time with 2 strikeouts.

MIP: It rarely happens that a game's most important play occurs in the first inning, but Brian McCann's 2-run double in the opening frame -- at the end of a brilliant 9-pitch at bat in which he fouled off four pitches before getting one he could rip -- wound up being all the offense the Braves would need on a day the Mets left their bats at home.

UotG: Um, I'm pretty sure it was the offense here. Yep, that's it.

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