Mets 2, Braves 1, 1st game; Braves 5, Mets 2, 2nd game
ATLANTA (AP)—Marcus Giles’ pinch-hit home run did more than tie the game. It snapped the Braves out of their offensive funk.
Giles jumpstarted Atlanta’s offense with a tying shot in the fifth, and Johnny Estrada’s RBI single started a three-run inning to help the Braves defeat the New York Mets 5-2 for a split of their doubleheader Tuesday.
The Mets, who entered Tuesday with the second-worst batting average in baseball at .249, outhit the Braves in both games.
“That was a tough first game,” Giles said. “Not a whole lot of offense. No secret our offense definitely needs to pick it up before we get to the postseason.”
Nick Green opened the sixth inning of the nightcap with a single off Tom Glavine. Green moved to second on Eli Marrero’s sacrifice and Chipper Jones was walked intentionally before Estrada broke the tie with a single to center.
Glavine (10-14) fell to 1-6 against his former team after giving up five runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked three and fanned three.
“You don’t think you’ve pitched too badly, but you look at the scoreboard, and what you see stinks,” Glavine said. “It’s the same old story for me.”
Delgado, who had a career-high four hits, knocked Jaret Wright out of the game in the third inning with a line drive off the pitcher’s right foot. The right-hander had retired his first seven batters.
X-rays were negative and the Braves listed the pitcher as day-to-day with a bruise.
“It hurts,” Wright said. “It’s kind of on the top of the foot. If it had hit the ankle, it would be a lot worse. As long as it’s not busted, I think I’ll be all right.”
The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead on Wright’s 13th homer in the fourth.
The Braves went in front 2-1 in the fifth on home runs by LaRoche, his 11th, and Giles, his eighth.
After the opener, Trachsel said his second victory in a row over the Braves would help him feel better going into the offseason.
“Both were good,” he said after handcuffing the Braves for six innings. “I changed a little bit tonight. I pitched inside a little more tonight.”
Trachsel snapped a personal five-game losing streak on Sept. 16 when he beat the Braves in New York, and the two victories evened his record against the NL East champs this season to 3-3.
Williams and Valent gave him all the offense he needed with their solo homers.
Williams broke a scoreless tie in the third with his fourth home run, a deep drive to center off Paul Byrd. Williams had three of the Mets’ eight hits.
After the Braves tied it at 1-all in the fourth, Valent put the Mets on top again in the fifth with a shot to right.
Jones drove in the lone Braves’ run in the fourth inning. J.D. Drew walked and scored from first base on Jones’ double into the right field corner. It was the 96th RBI for Jones, who is trying to reach 100 RBIs for the ninth consecutive season.
Trachsel (12-13) pitched six strong innings, holding the Braves to one run on three hits. He walked three, struck out four and worked out of a second-inning jam after Julio Franco led off with a triple.
“We didn’t get to the playoffs,” Trachsel said. “We’re not where we wanted to be. We’re getting a look at the young guys. The veteran guys just want to finish strong.”
Ricky Bottalico got two outs in the seventh before yielding a walk and giving way to Mike Stanton, who retired the only four Braves he faced. Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances. After walking Franco and allowing a single to Charles Thomas, Looper retired pinch-hitter LaRoche on a fly to left to end it.
Three of Atlanta’s four hits went for extra bases. Rafael Furcal led off the first with double, but Trachsel struck out Drew and Chipper Jones to end the threat.
Trachsel walked two in the sixth with one out, but Drew was thrown out trying to steal second and Franco flew out to right.
Byrd (8-6) gave up eight hits and fanned six in seven innings.
“I made a few bad pitches,” Byrd said. “The one to Williams came in and went right down the middle. The one to Valent was a changeup that hung too much.”
Byrd had an 8-1 career record against the Mets before the loss. … Franco’s triple was the 2,453rd hit of his career, moving him one ahead of Jim Rice into 89th place on the career hit list. … Stanton made his 81st appearance of the season, a Mets record. … The second game victory was the 1,999th for Braves manager Bobby Cox. … The Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning of the nightcap but failed to score.