|N.Y. Mets (42-46)||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||6||0|
|Atlanta (44-45) «||0||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||x||5||10||1|
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.
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."
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."
|Chipper Jones' only hit of the game drives in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.305|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.289|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.323|
|Gary Sheffield, LF||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.284|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||0||1||0||1||0||.252|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.248|
|Alex Cora, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Brian Schneider, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.224|
|Oliver Perez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.300|
|a- Fernando Tatis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Patrick Misch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Stokes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeremy Reed, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.289|
|a-popped out for Perez in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Stokes in the 9th|
|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|
|Pedro Feliciano (L,2-3)||0.1||0||1||1||1||0||0||2.75|
|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|
|Nate McLouth, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.266|
|Martin Prado, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.328|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.298|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||1||1||1||1||0||3||.294|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||3||1||0||1||1||.280|
|Ryan Church, PR-RF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.274|
|Matt Diaz, RF-LF||3||0||1||1||0||2||2||.302|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||0||2||.276|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.167|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brooks Conrad, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.355|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.116|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Acosta in the 7th|
|b-singled for Moylan in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Prado-Kotchman|
|E - Chipper Jones (14, Misplayed grounder)|
|Manny Acosta (W,1-0)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.15|
|Peter Moylan (H,15)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.50|
|Rafael Soriano (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||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|
|Attendance - 32736|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|