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Braves end Mets' three-game win streak, rough up Pedro

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Pedro Martinez isn't making any apologies for his disappointing season or the New York Mets' most recent fall from first place.

"I've had a tough year, not only physically but mentally," he said. "A lot of distractions. I lost my dad, and I'm coming off surgery. I didn't pitch the first half of the season."

Kelly Johnson hit an RBI double off Martinez in Atlanta's three-run first inning, rookie Josh Anderson had three hits, and the Braves won 4-2 Saturday night to end the Mets' three-game winning streak.

Following Philadelphia's 3-2 win at Florida, New York dropped into second place in the NL East, a half-game behind the Phillies.

"The first inning hurt us, and we never overcame that," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "We didn't have much going offensively tonight, and that's what hurt us the most. We hit a few balls hard."

After an embarrassing collapse last year in which they failed to hold a seven-game lead with 17 remaining, the Mets held onto first place just one day before giving it back to Philadelphia.

Martinez (5-6) lost his third straight decision, giving up nine hits and four runs in six innings. He made 116 pitches, a season-high.

Mike Gonzalez worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances, helping Atlanta stop its four-game skid.

The Braves' first three batters of the game reached against Martinez, who is 1-3 with a 7.00 ERA in his last five starts. Anderson led off with a single and swiped second before Martin Prado walked on four pitches. Johnson followed with a double to right and Brian McCann drove in Prado with a groundout.

Omar Infante struck out but Casey Kotchman singled in Johnson to make it 3-0. Martinez surrendered another hit to Jeff Francoeur before Brandon Jones struck out to end the inning.

"Maybe I'm not being as aggressive as I should, but when I'm aggressive, I give up homers," said Martinez, whose father died in the Dominican Republic two months ago. "Maybe I think a little too much. I think that might be the reason."

The big first inning was enough for Jorge Campillo (8-7), who allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and won for the first time in eight starts.

Since beating Milwaukee 5-2 on Aug. 3, Campillo had gone 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA over his previous eight turns in the rotation.

"A lot of people thought I was tired, and that's true," Campillo said. "Everybody's tired this time of year."

Campillo stranded a runner at third in the sixth when first baseman Kotchman knocked down Carlos Beltran's hard grounder and beat the speedy center fielder to the bag.

Martinez doubled in two runs in the fifth, but Anderson's sixth-inning RBI single made it 4-2.

Martinez dropped to 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 30 career games, 23 starts, against the Braves.

"We got to him early, and I think that's how you've got to win against these guys," McCann said. "You've got to get to them early, make them play catchup."

Notes

  • The Braves announced a season-high crowd of 50,124.
  • Braves 3B Chipper Jones was removed from the lineup because of tendinitis in his right shoulder.
  • Mets RHP John Maine, on the DL since Aug. 24 with a bone spur in his shoulder, reported no major discomfort after throwing 24 pitches in a simulated game.
  • Martinez struck out seven to move within eight of tying former Boston teammate Curt Schilling for 14th place on the career strikeout list with 3,116.
  • During an examination by New York's team physician, OF Fernando Tatis, on the DL with a separated right shoulder, learned he might be ready to return in two to three weeks if the Mets make the playoffs.
 
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The Braves take great joy in dealing a blow to the Mets' playoff chances.  (AP)
The Braves take great joy in dealing a blow to the Mets' playoff chances. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Campillo
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000011 .301
Daniel Murphy, LF4000000 .359
David Wright, 3B4020010 .295
Carlos Delgado, 1B4010012 .266
Carlos Beltran, CF4110002 .281
Ryan Church, RF3000001 .281
   a- Nick Evans, PH1000010 .269
Luis Castillo, 2B2010111 .253
Brian Schneider, C1100100 .263
   b- Ramon Castro, PH-C1000011 .248
Pedro Martinez, P2012000 .162
   c- Marlon Anderson, PH1000001 .211
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals3126226  
a-struck out for Church in the 9th
b-struck out for Schneider in the 7th
c-grounded out for P. Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Wright (42, Campillo), Carlos Beltran (40, Campillo), Pedro Martinez (1, Campillo)
RBI - Pedro Martinez 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Martinez 2 (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - P. Martinez-Delgado
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez (L,5-6) 6944370 5.50
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1000010 2.95
Bobby Parnell 0.2000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 116-75, Scott Schoeneweis 12-9, Bobby Parnell 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 5-5
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 29, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Bobby Parnell 2
Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF4131000 .278
Martin Prado, 3B3110102 .318
Kelly Johnson, 2B4111012 .284
Brian McCann, C4011010 .298
Omar Infante, SS4010011 .299
Casey Kotchman, 1B3011100 .272
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010001 .236
Brandon Jones, LF3100134 .252
    Gregor Blanco, LF0000000 .254
Jorge Campillo, P2000020 .182
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000010 .214
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals3249439  
a-struck out for Campillo in the 6th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (15, P. Martinez), Kelly Johnson (38, P. Martinez)
RBI - Josh Anderson (9), Kelly Johnson (65), Brian McCann (86), Casey Kotchman (68)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Anderson (4), Casey Kotchman (29)
SB - Josh Anderson 2 (8, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider), Brandon Jones (1, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kotchman-Infante, Kotchman
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Campillo (W,8-7) 6522220 3.76
Will Ohman (H,22) 0.1100000 3.77
Jeff Bennett (H,14) 1.2000020 3.87
Mike Gonzalez (S,12) 1000020 4.11
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 95-63, Will Ohman 7-6, Jeff Bennett 20-14, Mike Gonzalez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 8-6, Jeff Bennett 3-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 23, Will Ohman 2, Jeff Bennett 5, Mike Gonzalez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 50124
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Dan Iassogna