Final
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Mets look to get back on track vs. rival Braves

Aug 31, 2007 - 3:14 PM NY Mets (73-60) at Atlanta (71-62) 7:35 pm EDT

ATLANTA (Ticker) - The New York Mets had a disastrous series against a division rival this week. With their lead shrinking in the division, they will look to bounce back against another National League East opponent.

The Mets will face off with the rival Atlanta Braves in the opener of a three-game set at Turner Field on Friday night.

It will be a huge series for first-place New York, which suffered a four-game sweep against the second-place Philadelphia Phillies, including an excruciating 11-10 loss in the series finale on Thursday afternoon.

After the Mets staged a five-run rally to take a two-run lead in the eighth, New York closer Billy Wagner - who was called upon for a rare six-out save - blew the advantage, allowing a walk-off single to Phillies second baseman Chase Utley in the ninth.

With the loss, the Mets now hold just a two-game lead over the Phillies (71-62) in the division. They also are just 4 1/2 games ahead of the third-place Braves.

New York will try to get back on track behind John Maine (13-8, 3.68 ERA), who will be pitching on three days' rest. The righthander lost his only career start against Atlanta, yielding six runs and seven hits while striking out four and walking three in 5 1/3 frames in a 7-6 loss on August 9.

In his last start on Monday, Maine allowed six runs - three earned - and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 1-3 with a 7.77 ERA in five starts this month.

But Maine has pitched well away from home all season, posting an 8-2 mark with a 3.42 ERA in 12 road outings this campaign.

He will be opposed by Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.23), who is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season. He yielded three runs and nine hits while walking one and striking out three in six frames on August 9 - his last outing against New York.

Hudson will make an important start for the Braves, who have lost six of their last nine.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY METS 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 3 7 10 0
    ATLANTA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYM - JOHN MAINE, AARON HEILMAN (8TH), SCOTT SCHOENEWEIS (9TH) AND
    PAUL LO DUCA
    ATL - TIM HUDSON, RON MAHAY (7TH), TYLER YATES (8TH),
    JOSE ASCANIO (9TH) AND BRIAN

    Aug 31 10:08 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARLON ANDERSON SCORED CARLOS DELGADO, PAUL LO
    DUCA AND ENDY CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M ANDERSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 7
    ATLANTA 1 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: J REYES (.297, 2-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Mets vs. BravesAug 31 9:59 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JOHN MAINE ALLOWED PETE ORR TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M DIAZ ON FIRST, K JOHNSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 4
    ATLANTA 1 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: M TEIXEIRA (.321, 0-FOR-2)

    Mets vs. BravesAug 31 9:09 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSE REYES (10) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF TIM HUDSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 4, ATLANTA 0
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: L CASTILLO (.283, 0-FOR-2)

    Mets vs. BravesAug 31 8:48 PM


  • NL
    AT ATLANTA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS DELGADO (20) TO CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF TIM HUDSON SCORED CARLOS BELTRAN AND MOISES
    ALOU.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 3, ATLANTA 0
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: P LO DUCA (.266, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets vs. BravesAug 31 8:35 PM