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Mets' three dingers enough for Pelfrey's first win of year

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ATLANTA -- Earlier this season, the losses kept piling up for Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Called up Saturday to start against the Braves in the midst of a tight pennant race, the young right-hander turned it all around.

Pelfrey allowed one hit in six innings to win his first game of the season after seven losses, and Carlos Delgado, Lastings Milledge and Carlos Beltran each hit solo home runs to help the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.

The Mets won their second in a row in Atlanta after getting swept in four games at Philadelphia. The Braves lost for the eighth time in their last 11 games to fall 6½ behind the Mets in the NL East. Atlanta began the day 5½ back in the wild-card race.

Asked about pitching in an important game at Atlanta, where the Mets were 18-35 since 2002 coming into Saturday, the 23-year-old Pelfrey shrugged.

"I really didn't think about that. I've had a rough year. I was just trying to do my best," he said.

Pelfrey (1-7), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the game, struck out seven, a career high for the second-year pitcher. He walked three, and the only hit was a clean single to right in the fourth by Mark Teixeira.

"You can't forget he's a young kid. He's still learning how to pitch and is in a growing phase," said Mets manager Willie Randolph. "This, in some cases, could actually be a good experience, dealing with adversity. I'm happy for him to get his first one under his belt."

Atlanta finished with two hits. The other was a single in the seventh by Jeff Francoeur off Guillermo Mota.

Pelfrey ended an eight-game losing streak. He was 2-1 with the Mets last season, won his first two games -- the last on July 18 -- before losing on July 23 to Houston. He pitched only 22 innings for New York in 2006.

"He was electric," said Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca. "He was aggressive from the outset. It was the best stuff I'd caught in a long time."

The only run off Pelfrey came in the fifth without a hit. He hit Francoeur with a pitch and then walked Andruw Jones and pinch-hitter Scott Thorman, loading the bases. Willie Harris followed with a sacrifice fly.

Randolph went to the mound after the walk to Thorman.

"He just came out to give me a breather. I took a little time to refocus. I just took a deep breath, tried to relax and make pitches," Pelfrey said.

The Braves could hardly afford a listless performance against the team they're trailing in the East. Atlanta is slumping, and with 26 games remaining only a major turnaround will get it into the playoffs.

"At a certain point in the season, there's no season left," said Teixeira.

Said Francoeur: "It's absolutely a lost weekend."

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second when Beltran led off with a single and took third on a single by Moises Alou. Beltran scored when Delgado hit into a double play.

Delgado, who hit a three-run home run in Friday night's 7-1 win, hit his 21st home run in the fifth and one out later Milledge hit his fourth, both off Atlanta starter Chuck James (9-10). Beltran, who went 3-for-4 and scored three times, hit his 26th in the seventh off reliever Manny Acosta.

Delgado added a sacrifice fly in the ninth, scoring Beltran, who had tripled.

James went five innings. He gave up five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out one. The left-hander was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game.

Notes

  • The Mets got some good news before the game when it was announced that RHP Pedro Martinez would start on Monday at Cincinnati. He has been sidelined all season after rotator cuff surgery last October.
  • Jose Reyes singled and stole his major league-leading 74th stolen base in the sixth, then promptly got picked off by RHP Manny Acosta. New York pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay also was picked off second in the eighth.
  • New York C Paul Lo Duca was thrown out at second in the fifth inning by left-fielder Willie Harris, trying to stretch a single into a double. Milledge followed with his homer.
  • Francoeur had some words for Pelfrey when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth.
 
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Mike Pelfrey turns in six strong innings and finally finds the win column after seven losses.  (AP)
Mike Pelfrey turns in six strong innings and finally finds the win column after seven losses. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

M. Pelfrey
IP 6.0
H 1
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3010000 .296
Luis Castillo, 2B3000111 .296
David Wright, 3B4000022 .316
Carlos Beltran, CF4331000 .279
Moises Alou, LF4010011 .311
    Endy Chavez, LF0000000 .280
Carlos Delgado, 1B3112000 .252
Paul Lo Duca, C4010000 .267
Lastings Milledge, RF3111010 .290
Mike Pelfrey, P2000000 .067
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1010000 .317
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Totals3159415  
a-singled for Mota in the 8th
Batting
3B - Carlos Beltran (3, Yates)
HR - Carlos Beltran (26, Acosta), Carlos Delgado (21, James), Lastings Milledge (4, James)
SF - Carlos Delgado (6)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (86), Carlos Delgado 2 (79), Lastings Milledge (22)
2-OUT RBI - Lastings Milledge (11)
SB - Jose Reyes (74, 2nd base off Acosta/McCann)
PK - Jose Reyes (5, Acosta), Ruben Gotay (1, Moylan)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Wright-Castillo-Delgado
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (W,1-7) 6111370 5.43
Guillermo Mota (H,5) 1100010 6.13
Pedro Feliciano (S,2) 2000050 2.87
HBP - Francoeur (by Mike Pelfrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 99-51, Guillermo Mota 12-8, Pedro Feliciano 23-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-4, Guillermo Mota 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 23, Guillermo Mota 3, Pedro Feliciano 6
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF2001010 .291
   a- Matt Diaz, PH-LF1000010 .349
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000032 .287
Chipper Jones, 3B3000120 .327
Mark Teixeira, 1B4010020 .302
Brian McCann, C4000022 .271
Jeff Francoeur, RF2110000 .295
Andruw Jones, CF2000111 .224
Chris Woodward, SS3000003 .192
Chuck James, P1000010 .136
   b- Scott Thorman, PH0000100 .215
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1000000 .218
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
Totals27121313  
a-struck out for Harris in the 8th
b-walked for James in the 5th
c-flied out for Moylan in the 8th
Batting
SF - Willie Harris (2)
RBI - Willie Harris (26)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willie Harris 1
DP - Johnson-Woodward-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James (L,9-10) 5533012 4.27
Manny Acosta 2211011 0.84
Peter Moylan 1100120 1.90
Tyler Yates 0.1111010 4.94
Royce Ring 0.2000000 3.45
HBP - Reyes (by Peter Moylan)
Pitches-Strikes - Chuck James 66-41, Manny Acosta 28-16, Peter Moylan 22-12, Tyler Yates 7-5, Royce Ring 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chuck James 3-9, Manny Acosta 3-1
Batters Faced - Chuck James 18, Manny Acosta 7, Peter Moylan 5, Tyler Yates 2, Royce Ring 2
Game Information
Attendance - 45611
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly