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|N.Y. Mets (65-88)||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||11||1|
NEW YORK -- The way his Atlanta Braves are playing down the stretch, it's a wonder Bobby Cox doesn't want to stick around longer.
Hours after announcing Cox will retire as manager following next season, the Braves won for the 11th time in 13 games. Clinging to playoff hopes, Atlanta moved within four games of Colorado for the NL wild card when the Rockies lost 6-3 to San Diego.
"That was nice. It was a good little gift for him," Adam LaRoche said. "We've done everything we can to get back in this."
LaRoche made a gorgeous, diving play at first base to go with his three hits and two RBI. Late substitute Kelly Johnson also knocked in two runs for the Braves, who won their seventh consecutive road game and finished 13-5 against New York this year by winning the final eight meetings.
It was their first sweep on the road against the Mets since July 2003 at Shea Stadium.
Cox was right in the middle of it. He came out of the dugout to argue that Garret Anderson's third-inning single off the top of the right-field fence should have been ruled a home run. Umpires conferred and upheld the call without looking at video replay.
"We've got 10 games to go and anything's possible," Cox said. "Keep winning and see what they do."
All-Star catcher Brian McCann was back in the Braves' lineup after leaving Tuesday night's game with a bruised left wrist. Third baseman Chipper Jones, however, came out in the seventh with a stiff back.
Johnson was inserted into the lineup at second base to replace Martin Prado, scratched after getting hit in the left knee with line drive during batting practice. X-rays were negative and he is day to day with a bone bruise.
Mike Pelfrey (10-12) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in six innings for the feeble Mets, limping to the end of a miserable season. They've lost nine of 11 and 13 of 16.
"It's tough. It's like going to work every day and having a bad day," Pelfrey said. "I definitely need a break, a chance to clear my head and come back next year ready to go. Any way you look at it, I've had a bad year."
Hudson (2-1) allowed nine hits and two walks in his fifth start since coming back from elbow ligament replacement surgery performed in August 2008. Handed a 3-0 lead in the second, the right-hander pitched out of trouble all night and threw 58 of his 87 pitches for strikes.
"I'm feeling pretty good. I don't think I'm quite 100 percent, but I feel like every time out I'm progressing really well," Hudson said. "For the first time this year we're going out there and just playing the game and just really having fun. Obviously, we know what's at stake. We understand how important it is. But I think this is as loose as we've been all year."
With the bases loaded in the fourth, Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.
"The losing is really difficult. It takes a lot out of you," manager Jerry Manuel said. "You're not playing for anything, but there is still a level of pride. You try to still give your fans hope that things will be OK."
Angel Pagan also drove in a run for New York, which was 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position. Murphy went 0 for 4 and grounded into a double play, stranding seven runners.
The 68-year-old Cox, a four-time Manager of the Year, agreed to a one-year contract extension for 2010. He will start a five-year consulting agreement to advise the team in baseball operations after he steps down as manager.
"I'll believe it when I see it," said Jones, who has played for Cox his entire career.
During an illustrious tenure on the bench, Cox has guided Atlanta to 14 consecutive postseason appearances (1991-2005) and the 1995 World Series title.
"There's no turning back now," he said. "Whatever happens next year is going to be it."
|Bobby Cox will not go gently into that good night. Here, he argues with crew chief Dana DeMuth. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nate McLouth, CF||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.267|
|Matt Diaz, RF||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.318|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.268|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.139|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian McCann, C||5||1||1||0||0||3||3||.284|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||2||0||1||1||0||.271|
|Reid Gorecki, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||2||0||0||2||1||2||.299|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||1||3||2||0||1||1||.283|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||1||2||.221|
|Tim Hudson, P||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|b- Omar Infante, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.291|
|a-grounded out for O'Flaherty in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Hudson in the 7th|
|2B - Adam LaRoche (35, Pelfrey)|
|SF - Kelly Johnson (2)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (67), Adam LaRoche 2 (79), Kelly Johnson 2 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (22), Adam LaRoche (25)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Johnson-Escobar-LaRoche, Hudson-Escobar-LaRoche, Escobar-Johnson-LaRoche|
|E - Kelly Johnson (10, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tim Hudson (W,2-1)||6||9||2||2||2||3||0||3.56|
|Peter Moylan (H,24)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.78|
|Eric O'Flaherty (H,15)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.06|
|Mike Gonzalez (H,16)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.56|
|Rafael Soriano (S,26)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.07|
|WP - Mike Gonzalez (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 87-58, Peter Moylan 15-9, Eric O'Flaherty 5-3, Mike Gonzalez 18-11, Rafael Soriano 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 11-2, Peter Moylan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Peter Moylan 4, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Mike Gonzalez 4, Rafael Soriano 4|
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, LF||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||.299|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.312|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||1||0||1||1||4||.310|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||0||2||0||1||1||3||.332|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||7||.264|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.277|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.218|
|a- Fernando Tatis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.267|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Anderson Hernandez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.254|
|b- Gary Sheffield, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||1||1||0||0||1||1||3||.100|
|c- Jeremy Reed, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Ken Takahashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Elmer Dessens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Omir Santos, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|a-struck out for Schneider in the 8th|
|b-fouled out for A. Hernandez in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Pelfrey in the 6th|
|d-struck out for Feliciano in the 8th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (17, Moylan), Jeff Francoeur (31, Gonzalez)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (31), Luis Castillo (38)|
|SB - Luis Castillo (19, 2nd base off Hudson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - David Wright (16, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Pelfrey (L,10-12)||6||9||4||3||3||5||0||5.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 116-68, Ken Takahashi 15-8, Elmer Dessens 23-13, Pedro Feliciano 5-3, Bobby Parnell 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 6-8, Elmer Dessens 2-1, Bobby Parnell 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 31, Ken Takahashi 4, Elmer Dessens 4, Pedro Feliciano 1, Bobby Parnell 3|
|Attendance - 38266|
|Game Time - 3:18|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|