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Trio of two-run homers -- two by Beltran -- propels Mets past Braves

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ATLANTA -- Hours after control problems cost a teammate his spot in the rotation, John Maine wouldn't let his walks cause him to lose a game.

Maine overcame a career-high six walks, Carlos Beltran hit a pair of two-run homers and the New York Mets recovered from an early deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Monday night.

  Mets send struggling Perez to bullpen

David Wright added a two-run shot as the Mets, who went 1-8 in Atlanta last season, improved to 30-63 at Turner Field since the start of the 1998 season.

"They're players, man. They're hitting in the middle of that lineup for a reason," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said about Beltran and Wright.

Jones hit an eighth-inning home run, but that was the only offense for the Braves after their three-run second.

Beltran gave credit to Maine, who recovered after walking four batters in the first two innings, including three in the second.

"I'm proud of Maine for what he did for us," Beltran said. "He struggled for a couple of innings and was able to adjust and give us an opportunity to get back in the game. That really shows he's giving everything he has. ... He didn't give up."

Maine said he was motivated by a "good vibe" in the Mets' dugout.

"Nobody else gave up on me and it was a good feeling," Maine said. "I didn't give up on myself."

New York left-hander Oliver Perez was tied for the National League lead with 21 walks when he was sent to the bullpen on Monday. Maine is not far off the lead with 18 walks, including four in the first two innings.

"Walks are killing me," Maine said, adding he made an adjustment in his mechanics after the second inning. "It's about slowing myself down and not rushing myself."

Maine (2-2) earned his second successive victory, giving up only three hits and three runs in six innings. He set a season high with seven strikeouts.

Beltran, hitting .400, was 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in New York's first visit to Atlanta this year. The two home runs gave him four this season.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Beltran thrives by being more than just a pull hitter.

"He can be very, very dangerous to hit the ball to center field, left field," Manuel said. "It's a very, very good sign for him."

After J.J. Putz gave up Jones' home run in the eighth, Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Javier Vazquez (2-3) gave up a season-high six runs in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including the three home runs -- each to center field.

Vazquez said Beltran hit high fastballs for each of his home runs.

"Just bad pitches," Vazquez said. "The exact same spot. Fastballs, right over the middle and up. ... Good hitters don't miss mistakes. That's the bottom line."

The Braves led the major leagues with only 11 home runs allowed before facing the Mets.

The Braves took a 3-0 lead in the second against Maine, who issued three walks in the inning.

With one out and the bases loaded, shortstop Jose Reyes fielded Vazquez's grounder and flipped to Luis Castillo for one out as Jeff Francoeur scored from third. Castillo's throw to first was wild, allowing Brandon Jones to score on the error.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring single after Maine's third walk of the inning.

The Mets took the lead on four hits, including two-run homers by Beltran and Wright, in the sixth. Beltran's shot drove in Daniel Murphy, who led off the inning with a single. Wright's homer drove in Carlos Delgado, who had a single to left in his return from a sore right hip.

Delgado was 1-for-4 in his first start since April 26.

Beltran's second home run of the game knocked Vazquez out of the game with two outs in the seventh.

Jones' home run cut New York's lead to 6-4 in the eighth. He has a .329 career batting average against the Mets, including 40 home runs.

Notes

  • Manuel said Perez will move to the bullpen and 40-year-old rookie LHP Ken Takahashi will start Friday against Pittsburgh. Manuel said there is no timetable for Perez returning to the rotation.
  • Maine had five walks in a game four times, most recently on April 22 in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis.
  • Beltran had his first multihomer game of the season and the 26th of his career.
  • Braves LHP Tom Glavine reported no problems after throwing in the bullpen for the first time since inflammation was found in his left rotator cuff three weeks ago.
 
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David Wright follows Carlos Beltran's first two-run homer with one of his own in the sixth inning.  (AP)
David Wright follows Carlos Beltran's first two-run homer with one of his own in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110101 .257
Daniel Murphy, LF4110102 .316
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Carlos Beltran, CF3224112 .400
Carlos Delgado, 1B4110021 .250
David Wright, 3B4122010 .293
Ryan Church, RF4000021 .286
Ramon Castro, C4000011 .243
Luis Castillo, 2B4000000 .344
John Maine, P2000020 .000
   a- Alex Cora, PH1010000 .321
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   b- Gary Sheffield, PH0000100 .176
    Jeremy Reed, LF0000000 .273
Totals3468649  
a-singled for Maine in the 7th
b-walked for Putz in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Wright (6, Vazquez)
HR - Carlos Beltran 2 (4, Vazquez, Vazquez), David Wright (2, Vazquez)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (18), David Wright 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (6)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (6, 2nd base off Vazquez/Ross, 2nd base off J. Bennett/Ross)
CS - Gary Sheffield (1, 2nd base by J. Bennett/Ross)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Castillo-Delgado
E - Luis Castillo (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
John Maine (W,2-2) 6333670 5.20
Bobby Parnell (H,5) 1000100 1.46
J.J. Putz (H,6) 1211021 3.60
Francisco Rodriguez (S,6) 1000010 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 100-59, Bobby Parnell 13-6, J.J. Putz 20-15, Francisco Rodriguez 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 4-6, Bobby Parnell 1-1, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 26, Bobby Parnell 3, J.J. Putz 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000101 .208
Yunel Escobar, SS3011110 .291
Chipper Jones, 3B3111103 .296
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010011 .287
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110011 .283
Brandon Jones, LF2110210 .308
David Ross, C2000121 .270
Jordan Schafer, CF4000035 .247
Javier Vazquez, P2101010 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .125
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
   b- Omar Infante, PH1000000 .360
Totals29453710  
a-walked for O'Flaherty in the 7th
b-popped out for J. Bennett in the 9th
Batting
HR - Chipper Jones (3, Putz)
SH - David Ross (1)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (12), Chipper Jones (9), Javier Vazquez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (5)
CS - Yunel Escobar (1, 2nd base by Maine/Castro)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
Javier Vazquez (L,2-3) 6.2766383 4.19
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1000000 3.38
Peter Moylan 1000010 7.84
Jeff Bennett 1100100 0.71
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 110-73, Eric O'Flaherty 4-3, Peter Moylan 9-6, Jeff Bennett 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-5, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Peter Moylan 2-0, Jeff Bennett 2-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 30, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Peter Moylan 3, Jeff Bennett 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19132
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Marty Foster