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New York at Atlanta

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N.Y. Mets (42-46)000300000360
Atlanta (44-45) «02010011x5101

Chipper drives in eventual winner to down Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones says the Atlanta Braves should have had more than one All-Star this year.

He says Rafael Soriano proved again against the New York Mets he is closing games like a star.

Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Soriano capped three scoreless innings by Atlanta's bullpen as the Braves beat the Mets 5-3 on Thursday night.

"He's been automatic, every time out," Jones, a six-time All-Star, said of Soriano. "He should have been an All-Star. I can't believe he didn't make it."

Jones' two-out fielding error in the ninth on Brian Schneider's grounder to third kept Soriano from his seventh 1-2-3 inning in his past nine appearances. He lowered his ERA to 1.44 and has 13 saves in 14 chances.

Soriano struck out pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed to end the game with a 96 mph fastball.

Manny Acosta (1-0), Peter Moylan and Soriano combined to give up only one hit in three scoreless innings.

Catcher Brian McCann was the Braves' only All-Star in Tuesday night's game.

The Braves broke a 3-3 tie against the New York bullpen, which gave up two runs in two innings.

Pedro Feliciano (2-3) walked pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad, who advanced to third on Martin Prado's hit-and-run single to left off Bobby Parnell. Jones, a .330 career hitter against the Mets, drove in Conrad with a single to right off Parnell to give the Braves a 4-3 lead.

"You expect Chipper to deliver every time," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

The win left the Braves (44-45) one game under .500 and 1½ games ahead of the fourth-place Mets (42-46) in the NL East.

"This is a big series," Jones said. "It's a chance for us to play a good team. They're in our rearview mirror now. Hopefully we keep them there. You certainly want to get the second half kicked off on the right foot, and tonight was a good one."

Pinch-hitter Greg Norton added a run-scoring single off Patrick Misch, New York's third reliever, in the eighth.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel acknowledged the team's first series after the All-Star break "is huge for us."

"We wanted to come out of the gate and play well," Manuel said.

"We didn't beat ourselves. We got a good effort from [Oliver] Perez. Hopefully, this will be a springboard for the rest of our starting pitchers."

Atlanta's Derek Lowe and Perez each gave up five hits and three runs in six innings. Perez walked four and struck out six, while Lowe walked three and struck out two.

Jeff Francoeur was 0 for 4 with an RBI in his return to Atlanta following Friday's trade to the Mets. He tipped his cap in response to the cheers from fans in right field in the first inning and received a loud ovation before lining into a double play in his first at-bat.

"It was a little bit of a distraction," Francoeur said of his return. "It was a different experience. It was fun."

Ryan Church, who came to the Braves in the trade, did not start. He came in the game in the eighth as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement for Garret Anderson, who had three hits, including a home run.

The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back home runs by Yunel Escobar and Anderson.

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth. Luis Castillo, David Wright and Gary Sheffield opened the inning with consecutive singles to drive in the first run. Francoeur's groundout drove in Wright, and David Murphy added a run-scoring double.

Matt Diaz tied the game with a two-out double in the fourth. McCann, who singled, scored from first on a headfirst slide with his hand touching the plate barely before the tag from Schneider.

"That's probably the first run I've ever scored on a double down the left-field line," McCann said. "I felt like if I slid feet first he'd have got me."

Notes

  • The Mets selected the contract of IF Angel Berroa from Triple-A Buffalo before the game. Berroa, 31, was signed as a minor league free agent on Saturday after he was designated for assignment by the Yankees on June 24.
  • Escobar and Anderson hit the Braves' first back-to-back home runs this season.
  • Norton snapped an 0-for-11 slump with his first hit since June 5.
 
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Chipper Jones' only hit of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Chipper Jones' only hit of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4010011 .305
Luis Castillo, 2B4120001 .289
David Wright, 3B4110001 .323
Gary Sheffield, LF3111111 .284
Jeff Francoeur, RF4001010 .252
Daniel Murphy, 1B4011010 .248
Alex Cora, SS4000001 .241
Brian Schneider, C2000200 .224
Oliver Perez, P1000002 .300
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH1000000 .247
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH1000011 .289
Totals3236335  
a-popped out for Perez in the 7th
b-struck out for Stokes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (12, Lowe)
SH - Oliver Perez (1)
RBI - Gary Sheffield (36), Jeff Francoeur (38), Daniel Murphy (29)
Team LOB - 6
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 6533462 7.99
Pedro Feliciano (L,2-3) 0.1011100 2.75
Bobby Parnell0200000 4.37
Patrick Misch 1.1311010 3.68
Brian Stokes 0.1000000 3.89
IBB - Kotchman by Oliver Perez
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 100-58, Pedro Feliciano 11-7, Bobby Parnell 7-3, Patrick Misch 21-15, Brian Stokes 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 3-8, Patrick Misch 2-1, Brian Stokes 1-0
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 26, Pedro Feliciano 2, Bobby Parnell 2, Patrick Misch 7, Brian Stokes 1
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5000013 .266
Martin Prado, 2B4010102 .328
Chipper Jones, 3B4011001 .289
Brian McCann, C4110012 .298
Yunel Escobar, SS3111103 .294
Garret Anderson, LF4131011 .280
    Ryan Church, PR-RF0100000 .274
Matt Diaz, RF-LF3011022 .302
Casey Kotchman, 1B2010202 .276
Derek Lowe, P2000023 .167
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH0100100 .355
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1011000 .116
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals32510557  
a-walked for Acosta in the 7th
b-singled for Moylan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz (10, Perez)
HR - Yunel Escobar (8, Perez), Garret Anderson (6, Perez)
SH - Matt Diaz (2)
RBI - Chipper Jones (42), Yunel Escobar (45), Garret Anderson (33), Matt Diaz (23), Greg Norton (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Diaz (11)
CS - Martin Prado (2, 2nd base by Perez/Schneider)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Prado-Kotchman
E - Chipper Jones (14, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe 6533320 4.40
Manny Acosta (W,1-0) 1100000 3.15
Peter Moylan (H,15) 1000010 4.50
Rafael Soriano (S,13) 1000020 1.44
IBB - Schneider by Derek Lowe
WP - Manny Acosta (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 112-62, Manny Acosta 10-6, Peter Moylan 15-10, Rafael Soriano 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 9-6, Manny Acosta 1-2, Peter Moylan 1-1, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Manny Acosta 4, Peter Moylan 3, Rafael Soriano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32736
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Marvin Hudson