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N.Y. Mets (53-53)000010000180
Atlanta (60-45) «30000010x4112

Braves 4, Mets 1

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ATLANTA -- His teammates had plenty to say about Rick Ankiel's debut at Turner Field. Ankiel had one word: Perfect.

Tim Hudson pitched six solid innings and Ankiel drove in two runs with his first hit as a Brave, a two-out, two-run single in a three-run first inning that helped Atlanta to a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Chipper Jones added a solo home run in the seventh -- his eighth -- as the Braves, who had lost five of seven and two straight, increased their NL East lead to three games over the idle Philadelphia Phillies.

"We got some big hits in the first inning from Matt Diaz, who kills lefties, and Rick Ankiel got the big hit to get his feet wet in Atlanta. We're lucky to have him [Ankiel]," Jones said.

"First inning obviously it's key," Hudson said. "If Rick doesn't get that hit, it's a tie late. It was a huge hit and a great start for his Turner Field debut."

How did he feel after getting the hit?

"Perfect," Ankiel said. "It was good to get the first one out of the way."

It was the start of a seven-game homestand for the Braves who will play 13 of their next 16 games at home where they own the best record in the majors at 35-13.

The Mets lost their second straight and 10th in 14, and have won only six of their last 23 games.

Hudson (12-5) allowed six hits, one run, walked three and struck out three. It was his third straight win. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs in his last 20 2/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.36.

"It was a huge win. You never want to have a skid for too long," Hudson said. "I didn't change my game plan [with the three-run lead]. It starts with the starting pitcher. You have to set the tone early."

The Mets' run came in the fifth inning on a run-scoring double by Carlos Beltran, scoring Jose Reyes, who had singled.

Johan Santana (8-6), who was coming off one of his worst starts when he gave up a career-high 13 hits and seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-7 loss to St. Louis last Thursday, settled down after the first.

The left-hander gave up nine hits, four runs, walked two and had a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings.

"That was a tough one. We have to win here. We need to get close to these guys," Santana said. With the loss, the Mets fell 7½ games behind Atlanta.

"They score three runs in the first, and that was pretty much the whole ball game," he said. "We knew he [Hudson] would be a tough challenge. He threw the right pitch at the right time to get out of those innings."

The Mets left eight runners on through five innings. Hudson's only 1-2-3 inning was the sixth.

Ankiel's big hit -- a line drive single to center with the bases loaded -- scored Diaz, who had a run-scoring double, and Alex Gonzalez, who reached on a fielder's choice. Ankiel was acquired Saturday in a five-player deal with Kansas City and went 0 for 3 in his Atlanta debut on Sunday, a 2-1 loss at Cincinnati. He added a double in the sixth on Monday and finished 2 for 4.

Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth for the Braves to earn his 25th save in 30 opportunities.

Notes
  • The Braves placed 2B Martin Prado on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 31 with a broken right pinkie and recalled SS Diory Hernandez from Triple-A Gwinnett.
  • Jones' home run was No. 434, tying him with Juan Gonzalez for 37th on the career list.
  • Hudson made two throwing errors, but neither cost him a run.
  • The Mets' Jeff Francoeur snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a single in the eighth.
  • Hudson allowed four hits in seven innings in a 4-0 win on July 10, his only other start against the Mets this season.
  • New York's David Wright has eight RBI in his last three games.
 
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Rick Ankiel impresses in his debut at Turner Field with a two-run single in the first. (AP)
Rick Ankiel impresses in his debut at Turner Field with a two-run single in the first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

R. Ankiel
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 3
K 3
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5110010 .280
Angel Pagan, LF5010011 .311
Carlos Beltran, CF2011210 .228
David Wright, 3B4000004 .302
Ike Davis, 1B3010102 .249
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010003 .237
Henry Blanco, C3010000 .264
   a- Chris Carter, PH1010000 .253
    Alex Cora, 2B0000000 .207
Luis Castillo, 2B3010012 .235
   b- Josh Thole, PH-C1000002 .292
Johan Santana, P3000013 .128
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Hessman, PH1000000 .182
Totals3518135  
a-singled for Blanco in the 8th
b-grounded out for Castillo in the 8th
c-popped out for Parnell in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (3, Hudson)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (6)
SB - Angel Pagan (24, 2nd base off Hudson/Ross)
Team LOB - 10
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johan Santana (L,8-6) 79442111 3.20
Bobby Parnell 1200020 2.29
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 115-78, Bobby Parnell 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-5, Bobby Parnell 1-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 32, Bobby Parnell 5
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B5120004 .343
Jason Heyward, RF3000122 .268
Chipper Jones, 3B4111003 .250
Matt Diaz, LF4121020 .250
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS4100021 .256
Troy Glaus, 1B3010120 .244
Rick Ankiel, CF4022022 .263
David Ross, C4010025 .282
Tim Hudson, P2010000 .250
   a- Diory Hernandez, PH1000011 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Melky Cabrera, LF1010000 .264
Totals354114213  
a-struck out for Hudson in the 6th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz 2 (11, Santana, Santana), Rick Ankiel (8, Santana), Tim Hudson (4, Santana)
HR - Chipper Jones (8, Santana)
RBI - Chipper Jones (43), Matt Diaz (20), Rick Ankiel 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Rick Ankiel 2 (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Tim Hudson 2 (3, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,12-5) 6611330 2.36
Jonny Venters (H,14) 1000010 1.19
Takashi Saito (H,14) 1200000 3.38
Billy Wagner (S,25) 1000010 1.61
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 107-67, Jonny Venters 20-13, Takashi Saito 19-15, Billy Wagner 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-10, Jonny Venters 1-1, Takashi Saito 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Jonny Venters 3, Takashi Saito 5, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33030
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Laz Diaz