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Martinez helps Mets continue hot streak with 200th victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez's 200th win meant a lot to the New York Mets for another reason: It came against Atlanta.

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."

Carlos Delgado and Xavier Nady each homered and drove in two runs for the Mets (10-2), who improved the best record in baseball and extended the fastest start in franchise history.

They did it without star center fielder Carlos Beltran, who sat out with a tight right hamstring. New York also lost left fielder Cliff Floyd to a strained muscle in his rib cage.

Andruw Jones hit his fifth homer and second in two days for the Braves, missing injured third baseman Chipper Jones and shortstop Edgar Renteria.

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.

Duaner Sanchez struck out two of his four batters, and Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his fourth save.

"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.

Notes

  • The other current major league pitchers with 200 wins are Greg Maddux (320), Tom Glavine (277), Randy Johnson (265), David Wells (227), Mike Mussina (225) and Jamie Moyer (205). Roger Clemens has 341 victories but has not pitched this season and has not said if he intends to return or retire.
  • Delgado extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • The Braves and Mets played the first of nine games against each other in a span of 21 days. Atlanta won the season series in 2005 (13-6) for the eighth straight year.
  • Nady hit his third homer in four days. Delgado connected for the second consecutive game and the third time in five days.
  • Martinez's first win came with the Dodgers in relief of his brother, Ramon, on May 5, 1993, against the Mets.
  • Martinez has won his first three starts for the third time in his career.
  • The Mets said they sold 13,000 tickets for this game on Monday. During batting practice, the video scoreboard read "Pedro Goes For 200" in English and Spanish, with a picture of Martinez alongside.
 
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With Monday's victory, Pedro Martinez has the fewest losses for any pitcher with 200 wins.  (AP)
With Monday's victory, Pedro Martinez has the fewest losses for any pitcher with 200 wins. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

P. Martinez
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 3
BB 2
K 8
New York

X. Nady
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Pete Orr, 3B4010020 .222
Marcus Giles, 2B3210111 .212
Ryan Langerhans, LF4021010 .349
Andruw Jones, CF3112001 .296
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000021 .224
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010010 .211
Brian McCann, C3000001 .244
   a- Matt Diaz, PH0000000 .250
Wilson Betemit, SS3000121 .313
Jorge Sosa, P2000012 .250
    Chuck James, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Jordan, PH1000010 .333
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Pratt, PH1000011 .333
Totals323632128 
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Giles-Betemit-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Sosa (L,0-3) 4844112 10.45
Chuck James 2100020 2.53
Lance Cormier 2000110 0.84
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, SS3000110 .283
Paul Lo Duca, C4130000 .368
Carlos Delgado, 1B3122112 .375
David Wright, 3B4000003 .391
Cliff Floyd, LF2110000 .200
    Jose Valentin, LF2000002 .000
Xavier Nady, RF4132000 .400
Endy Chavez, CF3000011 .125
Anderson Hernandez, 2B3000002 .146
Pedro Martinez, P3000012 .143
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals314942412 
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Xavier Nady (1, Wild throw)
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (W,3-0) 6.2633281 3.66
Duaner Sanchez (H,4) 1.1000020 0.00
Billy Wagner (S,4) 1000020 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
Game Information
Attendance - 36867
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Welke