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Martinez became the seventh current major league pitcher with 200 victories, and New York edged the Braves 4-3 Monday night in the first of 18 meetings this season between the NL East rivals.
"It's a great accomplishment," the slender Martinez said in front of a large banner commemorating his milestone. "This is probably one of the biggest things that's happened in my career, because of how far I've come from the first day and all the doubts about my body type."
Tagged by Delgado again, Jorge Sosa (0-3) lasted only four-plus innings.
Nady and Paul Lo Duca finished with three hits apiece for the Mets, who have been chasing Atlanta for years. This season, they think they have the talent to finally end the Braves' record run of 14 consecutive division titles.
"It's a big win. This is a big series. For April, this is as big as it's going to get," Lo Duca said. "We've got to dethrone these guys."
"When somebody has your number, you've got to play extra hard," he added. "We need to turn the tide."
One game hardly proves much, but New York is playing some pretty crisp ball right now. The new-look Mets already have a five-game lead in the division over Atlanta and Philadelphia, making them the first team in big league history to build a cushion that big after 12 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"Obviously, the Mets have been hungry for a while to put us in their rearview mirror," Atlanta's Marcus Giles said.
Martinez (3-0) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He left to a loud ovation and waved his arms to the crowd of 36,867. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 200-84, the fewest losses for any of the 103 pitchers with 200 wins.
"It's always special to be a part of somebody's history," Wagner said.
Floyd was hurt while scoring on Nady's single and departed after four innings. He was replaced by Jose Valentin.
"It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be," said Floyd, who hopes to try to play Tuesday night. "I'm not really looking forward to missing any games, especially with Carlos out. ... I was a little bit more scared than anything because I did it last year, too."
Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly put Atlanta ahead in the first, but Nady connected in the second to tie it.
Giles doubled with two outs in the third and scored on a single by Ryan Langerhans. Delgado's two-run shot to right put the Mets up 3-2.
Delgado is 14-for-27 (.519) lifetime against Sosa with seven homers and 14 RBI.
"He just made a huge mistake to a guy who hits him hard," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
Floyd doubled leading off the fourth and came around on Nady's single for a 4-2 advantage.
Jones homered over the left-field bleachers to start the sixth and fell just short of a tying shot in the eighth. He has 18 RBI.
|With Monday's victory, Pedro Martinez has the fewest losses for any pitcher with 200 wins. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Pete Orr, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.222|
|Marcus Giles, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.212|
|Ryan Langerhans, LF||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.349|
|Andruw Jones, CF||3||1||1||2||0||0||1||.296|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.224|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.211|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.244|
|a- Matt Diaz, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Wilson Betemit, SS||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.313|
|Jorge Sosa, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Chuck James, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brian Jordan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Lance Cormier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Todd Pratt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|a-hit by pitch for McCann in the 9th|
|b-struck out for James in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Cormier in the 9th|
|2B - Marcus Giles (4, P. Martinez), Jeff Francoeur (1, P. Martinez)|
|HR - Andruw Jones (5, P. Martinez)|
|SF - Andruw Jones (2)|
|RBI - Ryan Langerhans (9), Andruw Jones 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Langerhans (5)|
|SB - Pete Orr (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Lo Duca), Wilson Betemit (1, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Lo Duca)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Giles-Betemit-LaRoche|
|Jorge Sosa (L,0-3)||4||8||4||4||1||1||2||10.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Sosa 60-42, Chuck James 30-20, Lance Cormier 28-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Sosa 5-5, Chuck James 1-3, Lance Cormier 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Jorge Sosa 20, Chuck James 7, Lance Cormier 7|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.283|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.368|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||3||1||2||2||1||1||2||.375|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.391|
|Cliff Floyd, LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jose Valentin, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Xavier Nady, RF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.400|
|Endy Chavez, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.125|
|Anderson Hernandez, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.146|
|Pedro Martinez, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.143|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Paul Lo Duca (4, Sosa), Cliff Floyd (3, Sosa)|
|HR - Carlos Delgado (5, Sosa), Xavier Nady (4, Sosa)|
|SH - Endy Chavez (1)|
|RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (14), Xavier Nady 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Xavier Nady (1, Wild throw)|
|New York Mets|
|Pedro Martinez (W,3-0)||6.2||6||3||3||2||8||1||3.66|
|Duaner Sanchez (H,4)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Billy Wagner (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.29|
|IBB - Betemit by Pedro Martinez|
|HBP - Diaz (by Billy Wagner)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 108-67, Duaner Sanchez 16-11, Billy Wagner 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 3-9|
|Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 28, Duaner Sanchez 4, Billy Wagner 4|
|Attendance - 36867|
|Game Time - 2:27|
|Temperature - 57|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Welke|