NEW YORK (AP) -- Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking single in the
eighth inning and the New York Mets tightened their grip on first
place in the NL East, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Wednesday
Super sub Marlon Anderson homered off John Smoltz, and John
Maine stymied Atlanta again for six innings to help the Mets win
for the 10th time in 12 games. They padded their division lead to
seven games over second-place Philadelphia, which was routed by
The Mets get their final day off of the regular season Thursday
before the Phillies arrive at Shea Stadium for a three-game series
beginning Friday night.
Jose Reyes drove in one run and scored another as New York took
two of three from Atlanta.
The Braves, who played without slugger Chipper Jones (strained
muscle) all series, fell 91/2 games behind the Mets. With 16 games
remaining, Atlanta's slim wild-card hopes are fading fast.
The Mets led 3-1 with two outs and nobody on in the eighth, but
Atlanta rallied to tie it on Jeff Francoeur's two-run single. Edgar
Braves Playoff Chances Almost Gone
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