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Davies starts Braves' second shutout of Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- After two major league starts, Kyle Davies is 2-0 and has yet to give up a run.

That's pretty impressive for a pitcher who gave up 13 runs in his last two minor league starts.

The Atlanta Braves shut out the New York Mets for the second straight night, with Davies and three relievers combining for a 3-0 win to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday night.

Davies, from nearby Stockbridge, Ga., had his family in the stands as he pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and one walk. He received a standing ovation from the Turner Field crowd of 33,250 as he left in the sixth inning.

"It was exciting. You grow up dreaming about that," Davies said.

After Tim Hudson pitched eight innings on three days' rest in a 4-0 win Tuesday night, Davies' second major league start also came on short rest as the Braves adjust to losing pitchers Mike Hampton and John Thomson to the disabled list.

The Braves expect such efforts from Hudson, but Davies' first two appearances have given the pitching staff a surprise lift.

Davies pitched five shutout innings Saturday in his major league debut, a 7-5 win at Boston.

"Davies was better tonight that he was in Boston," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He was very good in Boston but tonight he was even better. I thought he was just outstanding."

Davies opened the game with two balls to Jose Reyes, skipping his second pitch to the plate.

"I stepped back and thought to myself 'just throw strikes,"' he said. "These guys don't know you."

Davies retired Reyes on a groundout and then struck out four of the next five batters.

"His mound presence, for a 21-year-old kid, is unbelievable," Braves catcher Johnny Estrada said.

Said Braves second baseman Marcus Giles: "You can't teach that part of the game. He's got that confidence in his pitches. On any count he will throw any pitch."

In his last two starts at Triple-A Richmond, however, Davies gave up 13 runs in 8 1/3 innings. Overall, he was 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA at Richmond after posting a combined 13-3 record at three minor league stops in 2004.

"He was good. He's tough," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "He pitched for strikes. He located the ball. He had good command for a young pitcher."

Chris Reitsma pitched two innings for his first save.

The Braves scored three times in the fifth inning off Mets starter Victor Zambrano (2-5), with two runs scoring on Zambrano's throwing error.

The Mets fell to 20-48 at Turner Field, which opened in 1997. The Braves have won 24 of the last 31 games in Atlanta and are 7-2 overall against the Mets this season with three series wins.

"It's just one of those things in this game that you can't explain," Giles said.

With the sweep, the Braves bounced back from a 4-8 road trip that knocked them out of first place in the NL East. The Braves have won eight straight home games, pushing their home record to 16-5.

"The Braves play well here," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "It's always tough when you come here."

Davies was lifted after giving up a one-out triple to Mike Cameron in the sixth inning.

Davies was hit in his ribs by Miguel Cairo's line drive to open the sixth. Davies threw out Cairo but then leaned over in apparent pain. Cox, who checked on Davies after Cairo's liner, returned to the mound after Cameron's triple to bring in left-hander John Foster. Foster struck out Cliff Floyd and ended the inning with a groundout by Mike Piazza.

X-rays of Davies' ribs were negative.

Only one of the Braves' three runs off Zambrano in the fifth inning was earned.

Estrada led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Ryan Langerhans' single off the top of shortstop Reyes' glove. Pete Orr hit a soft grounder back to Zambrano, but Zambrano threw to third base before Wright reached the bag. Orr ran to second as Estrada and Langerhans scored.

Rafael Furcal added a run-scoring single.

Randolph said he wouldn't resort to "panic stuff" after back-to-back shutout losses.

"I still feel confident they will start swinging the bats the next day," Randolph said. "There's no reason to shake things up. We may make changes here and there."

The Mets' offensive frustrations peaked in the seventh when they loaded the bases on three singles before Reyes hit into his second inning-ending double play of the game.

The Mets also couldn't score after their first two batters reached base in the third and fourth innings.

Piazza and Floyd were a combined 0-for-8 in the game and 1-for-21 with nine strikeouts in the series.

Notes

  • Giles stole second and third in the fourth inning and set a career high with his third steal of the game in the seventh. Furcal stole second and third in the fifth inning.
  • Mets CF Carlos Beltran made his first appearance of the series, hitting a fly ball to center as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. "I thought he might get lucky and pop a three-run homer," Randolph said.
 
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Two starts, two wins for Kyle Davies, who is turning out to be a pleasant surprise for the Braves. (AP)
Two starts, two wins for Kyle Davies, who is turning out to be a pleasant surprise for the Braves. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Giles
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Atlanta

R. Furcal
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000003 .266
Miguel Cairo, 2B4010010 .265
Mike Cameron, CF3010110 .354
Cliff Floyd, LF4000012 .272
Mike Piazza, C4000023 .237
Marlon Anderson, RF-1B4010032 .326
David Wright, 3B4020010 .309
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B2020000 .211
   a- Carlos Beltran, PH1000002 .300
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Dae-Sung Koo, P0000000 .500
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Victor Zambrano, P2000003 .222
   b- Eric Valent, PH-RF1010000 .167
Totals330801915 
a-flied out for Mientkiewicz in the 7th
b-singled for Zambrano in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Wright (14, Davies)
3B - Mike Cameron (1, Davies)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Victor Zambrano (2, Wild throw)
New York Mets
Victor Zambrano (L,2-5) 6431320 4.74
Aaron Heilman 1.2200010 4.15
Dae-Sung Koo0000000 3.29
Roberto Hernandez 0.1000010 2.78
HBP - Langerhans (by Dae-Sung Koo)
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Zambrano 84-49, Aaron Heilman 35-21, Dae-Sung Koo 2-0, Roberto Hernandez 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Zambrano 12-5, Aaron Heilman 4-0
Batters Faced - Victor Zambrano 26, Aaron Heilman 7, Dae-Sung Koo 1, Roberto Hernandez 1
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4011010 .216
Marcus Giles, 2B4030011 .287
Chipper Jones, 3B3000103 .331
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010004 .254
Andruw Jones, CF4000012 .269
Johnny Estrada, C3100101 .265
Ryan Langerhans, RF-LF2110100 .197
Pete Orr, LF3100001 .305
   a- Raul Mondesi, PH-RF1000012 .216
Kyle Davies, P1000000 .000
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
    Adam Bernero, P00000001.000
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH1000000 .282
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
Totals303613414 
a-struck out for Orr in the 8th
b-grounded out for Bernero in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (11, Heilman)
SH - Kyle Davies (1)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (20)
SB - Rafael Furcal 2 (14, 2nd base off Zambrano/Piazza, 3rd base off Zambrano/Piazza), Marcus Giles 3 (6, 2nd base off Zambrano/Piazza, 3rd base off Zambrano/Piazza, 2nd base off Heilman/Piazza)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Davies-Furcal-LaRoche, Giles-Furcal-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Kyle Davies (W,2-0) 5.1500160 0.00
John Foster (H,4) 0.2200010 0.00
Adam Bernero (H,4) 1100000 2.42
Chris Reitsma (S,1) 2000020 4.18
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 91-60, John Foster 18-12, Adam Bernero 13-10, Chris Reitsma 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 6-3, John Foster 1-0, Adam Bernero 1-1, Chris Reitsma 3-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 21, John Foster 4, Adam Bernero 3, Chris Reitsma 6
Game Information
Attendance - 33250
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Joe Brinkman, Third Base - Derryl Cousins