Atlanta at New York

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N.Y. Mets (64-50)1010100036121

Braves stop Mets behind Harris' defensive play, Chipper's shot

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- Bobby Cox heard the crack of the bat and figured Carlos Delgado had tied the game with a dramatic ninth-inning home run.

"I didn't even watch," the Atlanta Braves manager said. "I thought it was out easy when he hit it."

Not quite.

Willie Harris ran down the drive and leaped at the left-field fence to rob Delgado of the homer and save the Braves' 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday.

Harris didn't think it was going to be that tough a play.

"I was deep," he said. "We were playing no doubles defense. You don't want anything hit over your head. When he hit it, I thought it was a regular fly ball."

Andruw Jones knew better.

Harris had gone to the wall in the first inning to rob Moises Alou of an extra-base hit. This time, he drifted back on Delgado's ball. Then he heard his center fielder.

"I was running back and Andruw was yelling, 'Get back! Get back!' I don't know why he was yelling," Harris said. "I saw the ball. It just kept going and going like the Energizer Bunny. I felt I had a beat on it the whole time, but it kept going and going."

At the wall, Harris jumped and caught the ball in the web of his glove.

"Once I jumped, I knew I had it," he said.

He fell to the ground, and Jones was right there to help him up.

Down 7-3, the Mets had rallied in the ninth against Tyler Yates. Pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay singled, Jose Reyes doubled and Luis Castillo had an RBI grounder. Wright followed with his 20th homer, narrowing Atlanta's lead to one run. Oscar Villarreal relieved, and Delgado met him with the opposite-field drive. Delgado grimaced as he watched Harris run it down.

"I thought it was out," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He got up there at the right time. It was a big play."

Atlanta took two of three in the series and moved within 3½ games of the NL East-leading Mets. The Braves have won all four series between the teams this year, going 8-4 overall.

"They have wiped us all over the field," Wright said. "It's tough to argue with the numbers. These guys have worn us out. We have to do a better job of beating the better teams in out division."

The Mets led early but Chipper Jones put Atlanta ahead in the fifth with a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right-center. The shot was estimated at 470 feet -- it hit about one-third of the way up, right next to his name in lights -- and was his 19th career homer in 83 games at Shea Stadium.

Cox knew that one was out.

"That's one of the longest homers I've seen in a Braves uniform," he said. "I haven't seen him hit one that far in a while."

Jones has a .310 average with 53 RBI in the ballpark, and likes hitting there so much that he named one of his children Shea.

The Braves trailed 2-1 when Jones connected off John Maine (12-7) for his 19th home run of the season. Mark Teixeira followed with a shot into the Mets bullpen, his fourth homer in eight games since Atlanta acquired him from Texas before the July 31 trade deadline.

The big inning gave Tim Hudson (13-5) the lead. He won his seventh consecutive decision and helped himself with a squeeze bunt that delivered a run for the Braves.

"It was a grind out there," Hudson said. "I didn't have my best stuff."

After the Braves took a 5-2 lead in the fifth, Reyes opened the bottom half with a single, moved up on an infield out and scored on a single by Delgado. Alou singled and Shawn Green was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Hudson retired Ramon Castro on a pop fly.

Atlanta got that run right back and finished Maine in the sixth. Yunel Escobar singled with one out, stole second, went to third when Castro's throw went into center field and scored on a squeeze bunt by Hudson.


  • Villarreal recorded two outs for his first major league save in his 209th relief appearance.
  • Mets CF Carlos Beltran, eligible to come off the DL Thursday, remained sidelined with strained left oblique muscle.
  • With an early start following a night game, neither team took batting practice.
  • Mets CF Marlon Anderson left in the fourth inning with a sprained left wrist. X-rays were negative. He will go on the bereavement list Friday -- his grandmother died in Alabama.
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Willie Harris' leaping catch at the wall robs Carlos Delgado of a tying homer in the ninth inning.   (AP)
Willie Harris' leaping catch at the wall robs Carlos Delgado of a tying homer in the ninth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF3010110 .328
Kelly Johnson, 2B5120003 .298
Chipper Jones, 3B4113115 .339
Mark Teixeira, 1B5221013 .296
Brian McCann, C4120110 .270
Jeff Francoeur, RF5010011 .306
Andruw Jones, CF4011010 .215
Yunel Escobar, SS4110003 .325
Tim Hudson, P2111000 .214
    Ron Mahay, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Thorman, PH0000000 .219
   b- Martin Prado, PH1000000 .200
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .250
a-announced for Mahay in the 8th
b-grounded out for Thorman in the 8th
3B - Kelly Johnson (10, Maine)
HR - Chipper Jones (19, Maine), Mark Teixeira (17, Maine)
SF - Andruw Jones (6)
SH - Tim Hudson (4)
RBI - Chipper Jones 3 (63), Mark Teixeira (59), Andruw Jones (73), Tim Hudson (6)
SB - Yunel Escobar (4, 3rd base off Maine/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
DP - McCann-Escobar
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,13-5) 6933130 3.01
Ron Mahay 1000110 2.58
Peter Moylan 1000000 1.87
Tyler Yates 0.1333001 5.44
Oscar Villarreal (S,1) 0.2000000 3.66
HBP - Green (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 108-67, Ron Mahay 13-9, Peter Moylan 5-4, Tyler Yates 16-10, Oscar Villarreal 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-4, Ron Mahay 1-1, Peter Moylan 3-0, Tyler Yates 1-0, Oscar Villarreal 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Ron Mahay 4, Peter Moylan 3, Tyler Yates 4, Oscar Villarreal 2
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5330000 .308
Luis Castillo, 2B3111100 .307
David Wright, 3B5133012 .303
Carlos Delgado, 1B4011103 .251
Moises Alou, LF5021003 .303
Shawn Green, RF3000014 .275
Ramon Castro, C4000013 .281
Marlon Anderson, CF1010000 .250
   a- Lastings Milledge, PH-CF3000000 .293
John Maine, P2000011 .103
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   b- David Newhan, PH1000000 .209
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .208
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Ruben Gotay, PH1110000 .348
a-grounded out for Anderson in the 4th
b-grounded out for Schoeneweis in the 6th
c-singled for Mota in the 9th
2B - Jose Reyes (26, Yates)
HR - David Wright (20, Yates)
SH - Luis Castillo (8)
RBI - Luis Castillo (21), David Wright 3 (71), Carlos Delgado (65), Moises Alou (19)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado (21), Moises Alou (5)
CS - Marlon Anderson (1, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Reyes-Castillo-Delgado
E - Ramon Castro (3, Throwing)
New York Mets
John Maine (L,12-7) 5.1766342 3.53
Scott Schoeneweis 0.2000000 5.23
Jorge Sosa 1311000 4.31
Pedro Feliciano 1200010 2.76
Guillermo Mota 1000010 4.78
HBP - Harris (by Scott Schoeneweis)
WP - Scott Schoeneweis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 102-65, Scott Schoeneweis 10-5, Jorge Sosa 14-12, Pedro Feliciano 21-14, Guillermo Mota 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 6-7, Jorge Sosa 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Guillermo Mota 1-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 27, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Jorge Sosa 5, Pedro Feliciano 5, Guillermo Mota 3
Game Information
Attendance - 52425
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino