Atlanta (56-31) at New York (39-48)

Cloudy Currently: New York, NY
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 8, 2003
  • TV: TBS, MSG
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Chipper Jones may not be an All-Star this season, but he’s certainly hitting like one.

Jones hopes to continue his power surge as he leads the Atlanta Braves into the middle game of their series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

Jones has four home runs and eight RBIs over the last two games, giving him 17 homers and 54 RBIs this season.

“I’m seeing the ball really good right now. I’m just making contact,” Jones said after homering twice to help the Braves beat the Mets 7-3 on Monday.

Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the eighth for his 28th multihomer game.

He hit two home runs in the Braves’ 7-5 win over the Montreal Expos on Sunday for his first multihomer game of the season.

Jones, a five-time All-Star who last played in the Midsummer Classic in 2001, has owned the Mets in his career, batting .353 with 29 home runs in 117 games. He’ll look to continue his torrid hitting against the Mets’ Jason Roach, who will be making his second big league start.

New York struggled with the bats Monday as two of its runs scored as a result of Atlanta errors.

“Offensively we didn’t mount much,” Mets manager Art Howe said.

New York took a hit to its starting rotation on Monday, placing left-hander Al Leiter on the 15-day disabled list because of an inflamed right knee.

Leiter, who is 8-5 with a 5.57 ERA, missed a scheduled start Saturday against Cincinnati. Howe said he expects the veteran southpaw to return shortly after the All-Star break.

STANDINGS: Braves - 1st place, NL East. Mets - 5th place, 17 GB, NL East.

BRAVES PROBABLE STARTER: Shane Reynolds (5-4, 6.04 ERA). Reynolds is winless in his last four starts, going 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. The 35-year-old right-hander was roughed up for five runs and 11 hits over 7 1-3 innings Thursday as Atlanta suffered a 5-4 loss to Montreal. Reynolds is 4-5 with a 3.83 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Roach (0-1, 21.00 ERA). The 27-year-old righty was roughed up for seven runs and six hits over three innings in a 13-3 loss to Anaheim in his major league debut back on June 14. He was 4-1 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 games this season at Triple-A Norfolk.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Braves - Gary Sheffield, .332 avg. and 68 RBIs; Javy Lopez, 23 HRs; Rafael Furcal, 68 runs and 14 SBs. Mets - Ty Wigginton, .272 avg. and 50 runs; Jeromy Burnitz, 17 HRs; Cliff Floyd, 47 RBIs; Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Braves, 4-3.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Braves - OF Sheffield had three hits Monday and is now third in the NL in batting average. … SS Furcal leads the NL with eight triples. … RHP John Smoltz leads the majors with 32 saves. Mets - INF Joe McEwing is 6-for-11 lifetime against Reynolds. … RHP Edwin Almonte was called up from Norfolk on Monday to take LHP Leiter’s spot on the roster. Almonte was acquired from Chicago in the trade last week that sent 2B Roberto Alomar to the White Sox. … SS Jose Reyes has missed five straight games with a tight hamstring.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Braves - 26-18 on the road; Mets - 19-23 at home.

INJURIES: Braves - RHP Paul Byrd (elbow), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.

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S. Reynolds Ari vs. J. Roach Pit
11-9 Record 0-2
5.43 ERA 12.00
94 K 2
59 BB 4
1.49 WHIP 2.00