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A. Jones, Hampton power Braves over Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine was much better with the Braves than he has been against them.

Andruw Jones broke out of a big slump with a homer and three hits, and Mike Hampton stayed unbeaten with another solid outing to lead Atlanta over the New York Mets 8-4 on Wednesday.

Wilson Betemit hit his first major league home run and Eddie Perez also connected for the Braves, who beat Glavine for the seventh time in eight tries since he left Atlanta three years ago.

"We just know what he's going to do every time we face him," Jones said.

After dropping the series opener, the Braves defeated Pedro Martinez and Glavine in less than 24 hours to take two of three from their NL East rivals.

And that was without slugger Chipper Jones, who missed all three games with a bruised left foot.

"It's a great comeback for us," manager Bobby Cox said. "We beat two of the best, so we're very pleased getting out of here with two out of three."

Hampton (3-0) pitched seven effective innings against his old team, giving up home runs to Cliff Floyd and Doug Mientkiewicz. The left-hander improved to 14-1 with a 2.61 ERA since July 4.

Andruw Jones scored three times and finished a triple shy of the cycle, snapping a 3-for-47 slump. Raul Mondesi added a two-run single off Glavine (1-3), booed off the mound by Mets fans frustrated with his pitiful performances against Atlanta.

"I don't go out there thinking about it," he said. "It's a challenge. They're a good team, and they're a team I haven't pitched well against. As an athlete, it's the kind of thing that drives you to do better. I have to start doing a better job of it."

The two-time Cy Young winner spent the first 16 years of his career in Atlanta, then signed with New York before the 2003 season. Including the latest meltdown, he is 1-7 with a 9.36 ERA in eight outings against the Braves, who are obviously plenty familiar with his paint-the-corners approach.

"There's been times I'd say the same thing to him, but then I'd watch him be stubborn and win," said Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz, a longtime friend and teammate. "I can't imagine what he's feeling right now facing us. I just know he wants to win very badly."

Glavine gave up seven runs, 12 hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.67.

"What you do in April doesn't necessarily dictate what you're going to do the rest of the year," Glavine said. "I'm not going to say that I'm where I want to be right now. But I may not be as far off as other people think I am."

Hampton, who pitched the Mets to the 2000 World Series, was much better. He allowed three runs and seven hits, striking out five.

"I've seen him pitch better than this," Mientkiewicz said. "But he has good stuff and he's not a guy you want to get behind in the count because he knows how to work it."

Mientkiewicz connected with two outs in the second, giving New York a 1-0 lead.

The Braves caught a break in the third, when third base umpire Kerwin Danley called Andruw Jones' hooking liner fair even though television replays appeared to show it landed foul. He wound up with a two-out double, and Mondesi punched the next pitch to center for a two-run single.

"Hopefully, that will get him going," Hampton said, referring to Andruw Jones. "We need it with Chipper out of the lineup."

Betemit doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Rafael Furcal's single. Brian Jordan added an RBI single, making it 4-1.

Floyd's sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth, extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Betemit followed with a drive over the left-field fence to push the lead to 7-3 and chase Glavine.

Andruw Jones homered against Heath Bell leading off the seventh.

"I'm trying to feel good, I'm trying to take it a day at a time, trying to get better swings, a better approach at the plate," Andruw Jones said. "It's always good to get hits off guys who don't ever give in."

Notes

  • Both homers Hampton gave up were to left-handed batters, who entered 5-for-26 against him (.192) with zero home runs.
  • Chipper Jones, a .310 career hitter at Shea Stadium with 17 homers, took batting practice indoors before the game and hopes to play Friday night against St. Louis.
  • Atlanta 2B Marcus Giles had his seventh multihit game in the last 11.
  • Hampton improved to 10-9 lifetime against the Mets.
  • The Braves have won four of six meetings between the teams this season.
  • New York dropped to 8-4 at home.
 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Jones
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

M. Hampton
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 3
BB 2
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5111012 .234
Marcus Giles, 2B4020111 .316
Brian Jordan, LF4111112 .240
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
    Adam Bernero, P0000000 .000
Julio Franco, 1B5000003 .250
Andruw Jones, CF5331002 .207
Raul Mondesi, RF5012011 .213
Eddie Perez, C4122001 .231
Wilson Betemit, 3B3221110 .231
Mike Hampton, P2010000 .357
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH-LF0000100 .150
Totals3781384512 
a-walked for Hampton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (3, Glavine), Wilson Betemit (1, Glavine)
HR - Andruw Jones (3, Bell), Eddie Perez (1, Glavine), Wilson Betemit (1, Glavine)
SH - Mike Hampton (3)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (8), Brian Jordan (12), Andruw Jones (10), Raul Mondesi 2 (10), Eddie Perez 2 (3), Wilson Betemit (1)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Mondesi 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Giles-Franco
PB - Eddie Perez (1)
E - Mike Hampton (1, Wild pickoff throw)
Atlanta Braves
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Jorge Sosa0110200 3.00
Chris Reitsma (H,3) 1000000 0.79
Adam Bernero 1100000 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 101-60, Jorge Sosa 13-4, Chris Reitsma 7-5, Adam Bernero 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 7-9, Chris Reitsma 1-1, Adam Bernero 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 30, Jorge Sosa 3, Chris Reitsma 2, Adam Bernero 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5010011 .271
Kaz Matsui, 2B5020002 .271
Carlos Beltran, CF5120013 .287
Mike Piazza, C3100104 .235
Cliff Floyd, LF2112200 .359
David Wright, 3B4010011 .286
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3111103 .247
Victor Diaz, RF4000013 .317
Tom Glavine, P1000010 .143
    Manny Aybar, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Woodward, PH1000000 .308
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   b- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .333
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
   c- Marlon Anderson, PH1010000 .381
Totals354934517 
a-grounded out for Aybar in the 5th
b-popped out for Bell in the 7th
c-singled for Looper in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (7, Hampton), Carlos Beltran (4, Hampton)
HR - Cliff Floyd (6, Hampton), Doug Mientkiewicz (4, Hampton)
RBI - Cliff Floyd 2 (17), Doug Mientkiewicz (11)
2-OUT RBI - Doug Mientkiewicz (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Glavine-Piazza-Mientkiewicz, Reyes-Mientkiewicz
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (L,1-3) 4.11277312 5.67
Manny Aybar 0.2000010 3.86
Heath Bell 2111021 3.00
Roberto Hernandez 1000110 2.00
Braden Looper 1000000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 75-45, Manny Aybar 7-7, Heath Bell 24-18, Roberto Hernandez 25-16, Braden Looper 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 7-3, Manny Aybar 1-0, Heath Bell 2-2, Roberto Hernandez 1-1, Braden Looper 1-2
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 26, Manny Aybar 2, Heath Bell 7, Roberto Hernandez 4, Braden Looper 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21087
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Kerwin Danley