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ATLANTA -- Jorge Campillo outpitched his future Hall of Famer teammate and got quite a bonus: his first major league win.
The 30-year-old journeyman followed up Tom Glavine's strong performance in the first game with six scoreless innings of his own Tuesday night, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory against the New York Mets and a sweep of their doubleheader.
Glavine overcame a shaky start to allow only one run in six innings of a 6-1 victory. He retired his last 17 hitters in the first post-New York appearance against his former team, the watched the 30-year-old Campillo pitch even better in the nightcap.
"I got my confidence back," said Campillo, who allowed three hits, struck out seven and didn't walk anyone. "I really appreciate what the team has done for me. They've given me an opportunity."
After the second game was delayed 1 hour, 39 minutes by a fierce thunderstorm, the Braves quickly picked up where they left off in the opener, improving the NL's best home record.
Chipper Jones, still hitting above .400, had a run-scoring double in the first. Atlanta added three more runs in the third off Claudio Vargas, capped by Kelly Johnson's two-run triple into the right-field corner. Mark Kotsay added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Campillo (1-0) was making his second big league start, and this was sure better than the last one. With Seattle in 2005, the right-hander got only four outs before leaving with an elbow injury that led to season-ending surgery.
"I was thinking, 'Just please let get through four hitters,"' Campillo said through a translator, teammate Brayan Pena. "After I got the fourth hitter, I knew I would be fine."
Campillo threw 78 pitches in by far his longest appearance of the season, 54 for strikes.
"He's a master of changing speeds," manager Bobby Cox said. "His fastball looks like it's 95 miles an hour, rather than 89."
Coming off a two-game sweep of the Yankees, the Mets fell flat in Atlanta and slipped to 22-21 overall - fourth in the NL East.
"We had all the momentum in the world coming into the series and we couldn't do anything with it," David Wright said. "We've got too much talent to be a .500 team. We've got too much talent to be mediocre the whole way through the season."
Even before the Mets got to Atlanta, they were dealing with another touchy matter. Manager Willie Randolph, who is black, suggested in a newspaper interview earlier in the week that some of the criticism he has faced by media and fans is racially motivated.
Before the doubleheader Tuesday, Randolph backed off those comments.
"This boils down to wins and losses, it really does," he said. "It's not about race, it's about winning ball games."
"I wasn't trying to bring race into it. I was just talking to an old friend."Called up by the injury plagued Braves early in the season, Campillo pitched well in relief -- 13 appearances with 1.27 ERA -- and earned a shot at starting in a day-night doubleheader that resulted from an April 4 rainout.
The showers struck again, but Campillo didn't mind waiting. He retired the first nine hitters before Jose Reyes led off the fourth with a single, and wound up facing only one over the minimum. Reyes inexplicably tried to steal second with his team down 4-0 and was thrown out. Ryan Church, who singled in the fifth, was erased with a double play.
Vargas (0-2) lasted five innings, giving up five hits and all four Atlanta runs. The Braves improved to 18-5 at Turner Field, a striking contrast to their 6-16 road record.
"Hopefully when we get out on the road again," Kotsay quipped, "we can take our white jerseys with us."
The Atlanta bullpen extended its streak of scoreless innings to 20 in a row before Boyer gave up a run-scoring double to Ramon Castro in the eighth inning of game two. After allowing an RBI single to Reyes, Manny Acosta got the final four outs for his third save.
The long day ended with a scary play. While turning a double play at second base, Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar struck Church in the head with his right knee. Church was face down on the field for several minutes before staggering off, while Escobar had to be helped to the Braves dugout.
Church had a mild concussion but was taken to Piedmont Hospital as a precaution. Escobar's knee was heavily wrapped and he would only say, "No DL."
|Ryan Church and Yunel Escobar need medical attention after colliding during the game's final play. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.272|
|Marlon Anderson, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.196|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.253|
|Ryan Church, RF||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.311|
|Damion Easley, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.209|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||2||1||0||0||1||2||0||.222|
|Ramon Castro, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.125|
|Claudio Vargas, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Endy Chavez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.170|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Moises Alou, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.348|
|Matt Wise, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Vargas in the 6th|
|b-singled for Sanchez in the 8th|
|2B - Ramon Castro (1, Boyer)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (19), Ramon Castro (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (8), Ramon Castro (1)|
|CS - Jose Reyes (5, 2nd base by Campillo/Miller)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|New York Mets|
|Claudio Vargas (L,0-2)||5||5||4||4||2||1||0||4.76|
|IBB - Teixeira by Duaner Sanchez|
|HBP - Johnson (by Pedro Feliciano), Blanco (by Pedro Feliciano)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 66-43, Pedro Feliciano 13-7, Duaner Sanchez 16-9, Matt Wise 18-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 6-8, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Duaner Sanchez 2-1, Matt Wise 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 22, Pedro Feliciano 5, Duaner Sanchez 6, Matt Wise 5|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Omar Infante, CF-LF||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.308|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.409|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.264|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||1||5||.281|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||7||.259|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gregor Blanco, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Corky Miller, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.105|
|Jorge Campillo, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.303|
|Jeff Bennett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.303|
|a-grounded out for Campillo in the 6th|
|2B - Omar Infante (2, Sanchez), Chipper Jones (10, Vargas)|
|3B - Kelly Johnson (2, Vargas)|
|HR - Mark Kotsay (4, Wise)|
|RBI - Chipper Jones (33), Mark Teixeira (23), Kelly Johnson 2 (20), Mark Kotsay 2 (21)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Escobar-Teixeira, Acosta-Escobar-Teixeira|
|Jorge Campillo (W,1-0)||6||3||0||0||0||7||0||0.99|
|Manny Acosta (S,3)||1.1||3||0||0||0||0||0||3.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 78-54, Jeff Bennett 14-10, Blaine Boyer 23-14, Manny Acosta 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 4-5, Jeff Bennett 2-0, Manny Acosta 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 19, Jeff Bennett 3, Blaine Boyer 5, Manny Acosta 6|
|Attendance - 25590|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Kevin Causey|