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Mets win overshadowed by loss of Martinez for postseason

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Orlando Hernandez gave the New York Mets the type of performance they'll need when he starts their playoff opener in place of Pedro Martinez.

El Duque matched his season high with nine strikeouts, pitching the Mets over the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Thursday night and stopping the Mets' four-game losing streak.

During a news conference in the fourth inning, the Mets said Martinez will miss the postseason because of a torn tendon in his left calf muscle. Hernandez, 9-3 in postseason play, will now pitch the opener at Shea Stadium next week and Tom Glavine will go in Game 2.

"It is what it is. There's nothing much we can do about it," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "It's very unfortunate, but we have to move on."

Hernandez (11-11) allowed only an unearned run, three hits and five walks in five innings, pitching in his usual deliberate manner: throwing only 61 of 102 pitches for strikes.

"He pitched well. He walked a few guys, but he's looking sharper and sharper every time he goes out there," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

El Duque is 9-7 since the Mets acquired him from Arizona on May 24, and has a 1.69 ERA in his last five starts, allowing seven earned runs in 37 1/3 innings. He dedicated this game to a friend in New York, Rafael Morales, who died Thursday.

"Now I can think about the playoffs. I feel prepared for it," Hernandez said through teammate Julio Franco, who translated. "I don't feel good because Pedro is hurt, but I'll assume the responsibility."

Hernandez improved to 4-0 at Turner Field, where he has won three regular-season starts, giving up one earned run in 20 innings with 23 strikeouts. He also won Game 1 of the 1999 World Series for the Yankees at Atlanta, giving up one run and striking out 10 in seven innings.

"I throw the same everywhere I pitch," Hernandez said.

Carlos Delgado drove in four runs and Carlos Beltran hit his 41st homer, tying the Mets record set by Todd Hundley in 1996. New York had lost seven of eight coming in and was outscored 25-1 in the first two games of the series.

Kyle Davies (3-7) gave up five runs -- four earned -- five hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings, leaving his ERA at 8.38.

Andruw Jones hit his 41st homer in the ninth, a drive off Billy Wagner that gave him 128 RBI, matching his career high. The Braves put two on before Wagner ended the game by throwing a called third strike past Willy Aybar.

With the loss, the Braves (77-82) ensured a below .500 finish for the first time since 1990 -- when they went 65-97 in the last season before their streak of 14 straight division titles began.

"I can't say it was a wasted season, whether we went to .500 or not. We know now how other guys feel who never make the playoffs," Atlanta first baseman Adam LaRoche said.

They finish at home with three games against Houston, which trails NL Central-leading St. Louis by a half-game.

"I will look at it as a team that went through some tough times," Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur. "We still have a shot to ruin the Astros chances. It's going to be fun."

Braves manager Bobby Cox and catcher Brian McCann were ejected in the third inning for arguing with plate umpire Joe West after he called a ball on Davies when he went to his mouth while pitching to Delgado, who then walked.

New York built a 6-0 lead on Delgado's three-run double in the first, Paul Lo Duca's RBI single in the second, Delgado's RBI double in the fourth and Jose Reyes' run-scoring single off Peter Moylan in the fifth.

Atlanta got its first run in the fifth on a throwing error by third baseman David Wright.

Notes

  • Beltran tied Mets records with 80 extra-base hits (Howard Johnson, 1989) and 123 runs (Edgardo Alfonzo, 1999).
  • OF Cliff Floyd went to New York to get a cortisone shot for his sore left ankle. He will meet the Mets in Washington on Friday when they close the regular season against the Nationals.
 
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El Duque, who'll start the Mets playoff opener in place of Pedro Martinez, K's nine in five innings.  (AP)
El Duque, who'll start the Mets playoff opener in place of Pedro Martinez, K's nine in five innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Pena
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4221100 .301
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Paul Lo Duca, C3221211 .318
Carlos Beltran, CF3211112 .274
Carlos Delgado, 1B4024101 .265
David Wright, 3B4010103 .310
Shawn Green, RF5000004 .273
Endy Chavez, LF5010002 .308
Chris Woodward, 2B3110200 .216
Orlando Hernandez, P2000003 .174
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael Tucker, PH1000010 .216
    Anderson Hernandez, SS1000001 .133
Totals3571078317 
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado 2 (30, Davies, Davies)
HR - Carlos Beltran (41, Moylan)
SH - Carlos Beltran (1), Orlando Hernandez (7)
RBI - Jose Reyes (81), Paul Lo Duca (47), Carlos Beltran (115), Carlos Delgado 4 (114)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (47), Paul Lo Duca (15)
SB - Jose Reyes (64, 2nd base off Davies/McCann)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Jose Reyes (17, Missed catch of throw), David Wright (19, Throwing)
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez (W,11-11) 5310590 4.66
Roberto Hernandez 1211010 3.16
Chad Bradford 1211010 2.95
Aaron Heilman 1000010 3.56
Billy Wagner 1311021 2.27
WP - Orlando Hernandez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 102-61, Roberto Hernandez 24-15, Chad Bradford 10-9, Aaron Heilman 13-8, Billy Wagner 18-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 4-4, Roberto Hernandez 2-1, Chad Bradford 1-1, Aaron Heilman 2-0, Billy Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 25, Roberto Hernandez 6, Chad Bradford 5, Aaron Heilman 3, Billy Wagner 6
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B2000020 .265
   a- Martin Prado, PH-2B3001012 .262
Adam LaRoche, 1B5000002 .287
Chipper Jones, 3B3110112 .325
    Ken Ray, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Thorman, PH1000010 .238
    Wayne Franklin, P0000000 .000
Andruw Jones, CF3111202 .264
Brian McCann, C1000000 .335
    Brayan Pena, C4110013 .268
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010132 .259
Ryan Langerhans, LF4010024 .243
   c- Matt Diaz, PH1010000 .333
Tony Pena, SS5131012 .227
Kyle Davies, P1000010 .043
    Joey Devine, P0000000 .000
   d- Daryle Ward, PH0000100 .310
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   e- Pete Orr, PH-3B2010001 .247
   f- Willy Aybar, PH1000012 .280
Totals40410351422 
a-struck out for Giles in the 4th
b-struck out for Ray in the 8th
c-singled for Langerhans in the 9th
d-walked for Devine in the 4th
e-singled for Moylan in the 6th
f-struck out for Orr in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brayan Pena (2, Bradford)
HR - Andruw Jones (41, Wagner)
RBI - Martin Prado (9), Andruw Jones (128), Tony Pena (3)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Giles-LaRoche
E - Brian McCann (9, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Kyle Davies (L,3-7) 3.1554610 8.38
Joey Devine 0.2000100 9.95
Peter Moylan 2422011 4.80
Ken Ray 2100010 4.54
Wayne Franklin 1000100 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 94-49, Joey Devine 6-1, Peter Moylan 32-22, Ken Ray 27-17, Wayne Franklin 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 7-3, Joey Devine 1-0, Peter Moylan 4-1, Ken Ray 2-3
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 22, Joey Devine 2, Peter Moylan 10, Ken Ray 7, Wayne Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22944
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Laz Diaz