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James one-hits Mets over eight in shutout victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Boosted by his diving defenders, Chuck James kept the powerful New York Mets off the bases -- and the scoreboard.

James pitched one-hit ball for eight neat innings, shutting down New York and leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-0 victory Monday night.

The rookie also scored twice and got his first hit of the season. Helped by a string of strong plays in the field, he allowed only a second-inning single off the left-field fence to David Wright, who was thrown out at second on the play by Matt Diaz.

"Unbelievable. Even though it said one hit on the board, it was probably about a 12-hitter," James said. "I think everybody on the field was probably on their belly at one time today."

Adam LaRoche and Edgar Renteria each drove in two runs for the Braves, trying to stay within striking distance of the NL wild card. But they're 18½ games behind first-place New York in the NL East, leaving them virtually no chance of winning their 15th straight division title.

Atlanta took advantage of a season-high seven walks by Steve Trachsel (14-6) and gave manager Bobby Cox his 2,158th win, which moved Cox ahead of Hall of Famer Bucky Harris for fifth place on the career list.

With the Braves coming off consecutive doubleheaders in Philadelphia, James (8-3) gave most of the bullpen a rest. The 24-year-old left-hander walked three and struck out one in winning his fourth consecutive decision.

"We needed that," Cox said.

Right fielder Jeff Francoeur made a diving catch to rob Shawn Green of a hit in the fifth. Renteria also made a diving play.

James was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth, denying him a chance at his first career complete game. He threw 108 pitches, 64 for strikes, in his 13th big league start.

It was a big turnaround against the Mets for James. He lasted only one inning in a July 30 start against New York, giving up a career-worst seven runs and seven hits in a 10-6 loss.

"Last time I think I was tipping a little bit. I just tried to be a little more aggressive," James said. "I wanted to come out here and throw well against them since last time they got me pretty good."

Macay McBride struck out all three batters in the ninth to finish Atlanta's fifth shutout this season. The Mets, who have one run and five hits in their past two games, were blanked for the sixth time.

Missing center fielder Carlos Beltran (bruised left knee) for the second consecutive day, New York lost for only the fourth time in 17 games overall.

"We were just off a little bit tonight," Wright said. "We haven't won anything yet. The attitude in this clubhouse is, we haven't accomplished anything."

"We have to continue to play with energy."

James' bunt single in a two-run third was his first hit this season after going 0-for-23. He scored on LaRoche's sacrifice fly after Renteria's RBI single.

Trachsel walked four in the fifth, including Brian McCann with the bases loaded -- ending the right-hander's night. LaRoche had a run-scoring single earlier in the inning to drive in James, who led off with a walk.

Still, Trachsel, who walked five in an April 30 loss at Atlanta, didn't think his command was off by that much.

"They had a very good plan, and the plan that we used probably wasn't very good," Trachsel said. "It's just one outing. I think it's more indicative of me and the Atlanta Braves than it has to do with anything else."

Renteria added an RBI double in the ninth off Roberto Hernandez.

Trachsel gave up four runs -- three earned -- and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He also walked seven on Aug. 31, 2004, against Florida.

Trachsel was 12-1 in his previous 15 starts despite a 5.21 ERA during that stretch. He said he doesn't think he's competing for a spot in the postseason rotation.

Notes

  • James also won four straight decisions from June 25 to July 16.
  • James got a hit in his only at-bat last season.
  • New York allowed its first unearned run in 32 games since July 29, the second-longest streak in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The team record is 38 games in 1999.
  • The Mets will recall OF Lastings Milledge, LHP Dave Williams and RHP Brian Bannister from Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, and purchase the contracts of C Kelly Stinnett and OF Ricky Ledee from the Tides. Williams is scheduled to start Tuesday night against John Smoltz. New York also will recall RHP Philip Humber from Double-A Binghamton and place RHP Steve Schmoll (right hamstring) on the 60-day disabled list.
 
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Chuck James receives props from teammates after yielding just one hit through eight innings.  (AP)
Chuck James receives props from teammates after yielding just one hit through eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. James
IP 0.0
H 0
ER 0
BB 0
K 0
Atlanta

E. Renteria
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Pete Orr, 2B4020001 .246
Edgar Renteria, SS3122201 .300
Adam LaRoche, 1B3012101 .293
Andruw Jones, CF3000201 .261
Brian McCann, C3001101 .329
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000113 .263
Matt Diaz, LF4000004 .340
    Ryan Langerhans, LF0000000 .238
Willy Aybar, 3B4100010 .247
Chuck James, P2210100 .040
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1010000 .304
    Tony Pena, PR0100000 .120
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
Totals305758212 
a-singled for James in the 9th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (33, Hernandez)
SF - Adam LaRoche (7)
SH - Pete Orr (5)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (58), Adam LaRoche 2 (85), Brian McCann (68)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Diaz 1
DP - Orr-Renteria-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James (W,8-3) 8100310 3.65
Macay McBride 1000030 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 108-64, Macay McBride 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chuck James 6-15
Batters Faced - Chuck James 26, Macay McBride 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3000111 .297
Paul Lo Duca, C4000012 .314
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000011 .269
David Wright, 3B3010001 .305
Shawn Green, RF3000000 .274
Jose Valentin, 2B3000000 .285
Michael Tucker, LF2000100 .222
Endy Chavez, CF3000001 .306
Steve Trachsel, P1000000 .109
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Woodward, PH0000100 .217
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1000010 .272
Totals26010346 
a-walked for Bell in the 6th
b-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
SB - Jose Reyes (56, 2nd base off James/McCann)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Delgado-Reyes, Valentin-Reyes-Delgado, Wright-Valentin-Delgado
PB - Paul Lo Duca (8)
E - Carlos Delgado (7, )
New York Mets
Steve Trachsel (L,14-6) 4.1443710 5.02
Heath Bell 1.2100010 3.00
Royce Ring 2000000 1.50
Roberto Hernandez 1211100 3.09
WP - Steve Trachsel (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 87-44, Heath Bell 21-17, Royce Ring 24-15, Roberto Hernandez 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 7-4, Heath Bell 2-2, Royce Ring 4-2, Roberto Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 23, Heath Bell 6, Royce Ring 6, Roberto Hernandez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 42428
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Kerwin Danley