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N.Y. Mets (12-13) «0020000024112
Atlanta (11-15)0000001023102

Mets 4, Braves 3

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ATLANTA -- One out away from a routine ninth inning and comfortable win, the New York Mets made their manager suffer a bit.

"I was struggling. I probably aged two more years, got five or six more gray hairs," Manuel said after the Mets held off the Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night to complete a rare series sweep at Turner Field.

 Braves OF Anderson comes off DL

The Mets led 4-1 with two out and nobody on in the ninth, before the Braves put a couple runners on against closer Francisco Rodriguez. Then Carlos Delgado lost hold of Omar Infante's routine popup and it led to two unearned runs.

Delgado's error allowed Kelly Johnson to score from second. Yunel Escobar, who had three hits, followed with a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 4-3.

That brought up Chipper Jones, who has 40 career homers against the Mets. But he flied out to right field to end the game and give K-Rod his seventh save.

"That would have been a difficult deal," Manuel said about the narrow escape.

Said Delgado: "It wasn't pretty, but we got it."

Delgado had no explanation for the drop. "I really don't know," he said. "The only thing I can tell you is I missed it, I clanked it, whatever."

Delgado had two hits, including a two-run single in the ninth, following a throwing error by Jones to make it 4-1.

Livan Hernandez earned only his fourth win in 25 career starts against Atlanta. It was equally notable for the Mets to win two games for their first sweep of any series in Atlanta since taking a three-game set in 2007. It was their first sweep of a two-game series in Atlanta since May 1-2, 1989.

David Wright and Ramon Castro had run-scoring doubles in the third inning off Kenshin Kawakami (1-4), who lost his fourth straight start.

Hernandez (2-1) gave up seven hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings. He improved to 4-15 in his career against the Braves with his first win against Atlanta since June 5, 2006 while with the Nationals.

Hernandez said he relied on his changeup when he had some problems with his sinker.

"I got a little more old and the changeup is better, I don't know why," said the 34-year-old Hernandez, who threw only 75 pitches.

Hernandez was helped by three double plays which ended the third, fourth and sixth innings.

"When he is on his game, he can induce you into double plays," Manuel said. "That keeps his pitch count down.

"He has great command. If he continues to pitch that way, he will be a tremendous starter for us."

Rodriguez earned his seventh save.

The Mets, who went 1-8 in Atlanta last season, pulled off the sweep in their first visit to Turner Field this season.

The Braves (11-15) fell a season-worst four games below .500.

"It's frustrating beyond belief," Jones said. "It's something we've got to try and fight through and keep playing. We're not quitting. We're playing hard.

"Eventually some good things have got to start happening. We can't be this unlucky this long."

Manuel brought in right-hander Bobby Parnell after Hernandez gave up a single to Jeff Francoeur and a walk to Jordan Schafer with one out in the seventh. Parnell struck out pinch-hitter Greg Norton before giving up Martin Prado's RBI double.

The Mets stretched their lead off Mike Gonzalez in the ninth. Jose Reyes singled and advanced to third on Jones' wild throw to second after fielding Daniel Murphy's grounder. Following an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran, Delgado's single up the middle drove in Reyes and Murphy.

Beltran had two hits and scored a run.

Beltran's third-inning single gave him a career-best 16-game hitting streak. He has reached base in each of the Mets' 25 games, leaving him tied with Kevin McReynolds for the second-longest streak to open a season in Mets history.

Notes

Umpire Marty Foster was sick and missed the game. Damien Beal filled in as the second base umpire. ... New York's John Olerud set a team record by reaching base in 30 consecutive games to open the 1999 season. ... Braves LF Garret Anderson came off the disabled list and was 0-for-4 as the Braves' cleanup hitter. He is hitting .172.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

R. Castro
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110100 .257
Daniel Murphy, LF4110103 .313
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Carlos Beltran, CF4120111 .404
Carlos Delgado, 1B5022023 .260
David Wright, 3B5121026 .299
Ryan Church, RF4000122 .272
Ramon Castro, C5031001 .286
Luis Castillo, 2B3000111 .328
Livan Hernandez, P2000003 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   a- Gary Sheffield, PH1000000 .171
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Reed, LF0000000 .273
Totals37411458  
a-flied out for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (7, Kawakami), Ramon Castro 2 (2, Kawakami, Kawakami)
SH - Livan Hernandez (5)
RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (18), David Wright (13), Ramon Castro (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Castro (3)
SB - Carlos Beltran (3, 2nd base off Kawakami/Ross)
CS - David Wright (4, 2nd base by O'Flaherty/Ross)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Reyes, Reyes-Castillo-Delgado, Castillo-Reyes-Delgado
E - Luis Castillo (3, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Delgado (2, Dropped fly)
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez (W,2-1) 6.1711220 5.53
Bobby Parnell (H,6) 0.2100010 1.38
J.J. Putz (H,7) 1000000 3.38
Francisco Rodriguez (S,7) 1220110 1.54
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 75-47, Bobby Parnell 12-7, J.J. Putz 19-12, Francisco Rodriguez 28-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-7, Bobby Parnell 1-0, J.J. Putz 3-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 25, Bobby Parnell 3, J.J. Putz 4, Francisco Rodriguez 7
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, 2B5010012 .345
Yunel Escobar, SS5031000 .308
Chipper Jones, 3B4000105 .280
Garret Anderson, LF4000002 .172
Casey Kotchman, 1B4020001 .297
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110002 .282
Jordan Schafer, CF3000111 .238
David Ross, C2010000 .282
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000012 .118
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
   b- Kelly Johnson, PH1110000 .218
Kenshin Kawakami, P1000000 .222
   c- Matt Diaz, PH1000010 .230
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   d- Martin Prado, PH1011000 .333
    Clint Sammons, C0100100 .200
Totals36310234  
a-struck out for Ross in the 7th
b-singled for Carlyle in the 9th
c-struck out for Kawakami in the 5th
d-doubled for O'Flaherty in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey Kotchman (10, Hernandez), David Ross (4, Hernandez), Martin Prado (4, Parnell)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (13), Martin Prado (6)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (6), Martin Prado (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Infante-Kotchman
PB - David Ross (2)
E - Omar Infante (2, Misplayed grounder), Chipper Jones (4, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami (L,1-4) 5822370 6.41
Eric O'Flaherty 2100000 2.70
Rafael Soriano 1000010 1.50
Mike Gonzalez0221100 4.66
Buddy Carlyle 1000100 5.56
IBB - Castillo by Kenshin Kawakami, Beltran by Mike Gonzalez, Church by Buddy Carlyle
WP - Kenshin Kawakami (2), Buddy Carlyle (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 113-67, Eric O'Flaherty 12-9, Rafael Soriano 14-10, Mike Gonzalez 9-4, Buddy Carlyle 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 3-6, Eric O'Flaherty 1-4, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Buddy Carlyle 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 27, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Rafael Soriano 3, Mike Gonzalez 4, Buddy Carlyle 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21049
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Damien Beal, Third Base - Marvin Hudson