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Beltran has another 2 HR outing as Mets sweep Braves

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ATLANTA -- The last time the Mets swept a three-game series in Atlanta, both teams were headed for last-place finishes.

The Mets are in position to make much more of this sweep of the Braves.

Carlos Beltran hit two homers, including his third grand slam in July, and New York completed its first sweep of at least three games in Atlanta in 21 years, beating the Braves 10-6 Sunday.

The Mets swept a four-game set in Atlanta from July 4-7, 1985. Their last sweep of any series was a two-game set May 1-2, 1989.

The Mets are 8-4 against the Braves this year, including a 5-1 mark at Turner Field. It is a notable turnaround from last year, when the Mets were 1-8 at Atlanta. Entering the season, the Mets' all-time record in Atlanta was 110-151.

"We came in here and did what we wanted to do, and then some," said Mets starting pitcher Tom Glavine, the former longtime Braves pitcher. "We haven't had success here over the years. To come in here with this type of setting with them wanting to get back in the race, sweeping them is certainly huge in that regard."

Beltran's second inning slam was the Mets' major league record-tying sixth of the month. The Montreal Expos hit six grand slams in April 1996 and Cleveland matched the record in May 1999. He is the ninth player to hit three slams in a month and the first since Milwaukee's Devon White in May 2001.

Beltran added another homer, his 32nd, off Jason Shiell in the fifth inning. He had four homers in the three-game series.

"I've seen enough of him for my career," said Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche of Beltran.

Beltran has eight homers and 18 RBI in eight games against the Braves this season.

"Carlos has been unconscious," said Mets manager Willie Randolph. "He stepped up big-time for us.

Beltran is hitting .282 with 32 homers and and an NL-leading 94 RBI.

He had a big grin on his face after hitting the grand slam because he said he told Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes he would hit the homer.

"I was really happpy I did it," Beltran said.

"I feel good at the plate. ... Four homers (in the series) is a great feeling, but what is most important is to play well and win against a team in our division."

The sweep left the Braves (48-56) eight games below .500.

Delgado had four hits, including a two-run homer, and Reyes had three hits and scored three runs for the Mets, who had a season-high 19 hits.

The Mets led 7-0 following Beltran's second-inning slam, but still Glavine couldn't stay in the game long enough to qualify for a win.

Glavine, who has two losses and five no-decisions in his last seven starts, gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in only four innings, his shortest outing of the season. He walked three batters while matching his season high for runs allowed.

Darren Oliver (4-0) pitched a scoreless fifth inning while relieving Glavine.

Billy Wagner recorded the final four outs for his 22nd save in 26 chances. Wagner struck out LaRoche with runners on first and second to end the eighth inning.

Beltran's slam knocked Braves starter Chuck James (4-2) out of the game.

James suffered his shortest start and his second straight loss after winning his first four starts. The left-hander gave up seven hits and seven runs with two walks. He was lifted after giving up singles to Glavine and Reyes and walking Paul Lo Duca before Beltran's slam, a line-drive shot to left field.

"You give up seven runs the first two innings, you're gonna get beat, in most cases," Cox said.

Delgado's first-inning homer, his 26th, drove in Reyes, who led off with a single. Delgado started after leaving Saturday night's game with a bruised right knee.

The Braves scored three runs in the second. Willy Aybar, who had four hits while batting leadoff in his first start since coming to the Braves in a trade from Los Angeles Friday night, hit a two-run single, driving in Brian McCann and LaRoche. Aybar scored on a single by Edgar Renteria.

The Mets added a run in the third on Delgado's bases-loaded walk from Shiell.

The Braves cut the lead to 8-6 with three runs in the fourth. Aybar and Andruw Jones scored on Jeff Francoeur's single. McCann followed with a double to drive in Francoeur.

Beltran's second homer, a high shot off Shiell deep into the right-field seats, pushed the lead to 9-6 in the fifth inning.

Danys Baez gave up two hits but pitched out of the eighth-inning jam in his Braves debut. Baez came to Atlanta with Aybar in the deal that sent Wilson Betemit to Los Angeles.

Notes

  • Aybar started for Chipper Jones, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
  • LF Cliff Floyd, held out of the starting lineup with a sore Achilles', struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.
  • The Mets' last three-game sweep in Atlanta was Aug. 14-16, 1979 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
 
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Mets slugger Carlos Beltran is 6-for-15 with 12 RBI and four homers the last three games.  (AP)
Mets slugger Carlos Beltran is 6-for-15 with 12 RBI and four homers the last three games. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
New York

C. Delgado
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5230010 .290
Paul Lo Duca, C4111211 .310
Carlos Beltran, CF6225025 .282
Carlos Delgado, 1B5143101 .262
David Wright, 3B4120114 .315
Xavier Nady, RF5021014 .264
Chris Woodward, LF5010003 .231
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Jose Valentin, 2B5120014 .289
Tom Glavine, P3110012 .211
    Darren Oliver, P0000000 .182
   a- Cliff Floyd, PH1000010 .250
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Endy Chavez, LF1110000 .289
Totals441019104924 
a-struck out for Oliver in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado 2 (19, Shiell, Baez), Xavier Nady (15, James), Jose Valentin 2 (17, Shiell, Shiell)
HR - Carlos Beltran 2 (32, James, Shiell), Carlos Delgado (26, James)
SH - Jose Reyes (2)
RBI - Paul Lo Duca (33), Carlos Beltran 5 (94), Carlos Delgado 3 (70), Xavier Nady (40)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (40), Carlos Delgado 3 (17), Xavier Nady (11)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (43, 2nd base off James/McCann, 2nd base off Shiell/McCann)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Lo Duca-Valentin
E - Xavier Nady (4, )
New York Mets
Tom Glavine 41066330 3.97
Darren Oliver (W,4-0) 1100120 2.05
Chad Bradford (H,6) 0.2200010 3.40
Pedro Feliciano (H,6) 1100020 2.18
Aaron Heilman (H,15) 1100110 4.25
Billy Wagner (S,22) 1.1100030 2.20
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 101-59, Darren Oliver 22-15, Chad Bradford 12-9, Pedro Feliciano 10-8, Aaron Heilman 20-14, Billy Wagner 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 5-4, Darren Oliver 1-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 25, Darren Oliver 5, Chad Bradford 4, Pedro Feliciano 4, Aaron Heilman 5, Billy Wagner 4
Atlanta Braves
Willy Aybar, 3B6242000 .269
Marcus Giles, 2B5020122 .255
Edgar Renteria, SS5021004 .319
Andruw Jones, CF3110220 .273
Jeff Francoeur, RF5122005 .262
Brian McCann, C4121111 .336
Matt Diaz, LF5020002 .316
Adam LaRoche, 1B4110134 .268
Chuck James, P0000000 .000
    Jason Shiell, P1000012 .000
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Pena, PH1000010 .091
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000010 .193
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
    Ken Ray, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Pratt, PH1000010 .208
Totals41616651220 
a-struck out for McBride in the 5th
b-struck out for Yates in the 7th
c-struck out for Ray in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles (18, Feliciano), Edgar Renteria (23, Glavine), Brian McCann 2 (17, Glavine, Glavine)
SH - Jason Shiell (1)
RBI - Willy Aybar 2 (24), Edgar Renteria (44), Jeff Francoeur 2 (74), Brian McCann (46)
2-OUT RBI - Willy Aybar 2 (14), Edgar Renteria (14), Jeff Francoeur 2 (37), Brian McCann (22)
CS - Willy Aybar (1, 2nd base by Wagner/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Giles-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James (L,4-2) 1777202 4.87
Jason Shiell 3.2822241 6.39
Macay McBride 0.1000000 4.32
Tyler Yates 2000040 2.84
Danys Baez 1200010 4.26
Ken Ray 1211000 3.31
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 56-38, Jason Shiell 80-52, Macay McBride 3-3, Tyler Yates 24-18, Danys Baez 19-13, Ken Ray 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Shiell 3-3, Tyler Yates 1-1, Ken Ray 1-2
Batters Faced - Chuck James 12, Jason Shiell 20, Macay McBride 1, Tyler Yates 6, Danys Baez 5, Ken Ray 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40526
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Greg Gibson