The Braves won their sixth straight, beating Tom Glavine and the Mets, 6-3, in an afternoon matchup at Shea Stadium.
Atlanta got off to a strong start against Glavine, who has now lost three straight to his former team, by putting 3 runs on the board in the first inning. Rafael Furcal drew a walk to lead off the game, followed by a Mark DeRosa fly out to center. The Braves then posted back-to-back-to back singles by Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones, and Andruw Jones, followed by a sacrifice fly by Javy Lopez, to put the Braves ahead 3-0.
The ageless wonder, Julio Franco, also had a big game off of his former teammate, cranking a 2-run homer off of Glavine in the 6th. Franco even broke out the cane in the 3rd inning, attempting to steal second after a walk, but was gunned down to end the inning.
Russ Ortiz earned his 12th victory of the season, which ties him for the M.L. lead. Ortiz lasted 7 1/3 innings before a rain delay hit, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, with 4 strikeouts and a walk. Ray King came on with 2 on and 1 out in the 8th and gave up an RBI single (charged to Ortiz) to Jeromy Burnitz, before Kevin Gryboski came in and got Jason Phillips to ground into the patented Gryboski double play.
John Smoltz worked his magic in the 9th, throwing a perfect inning to record his major league leading 34th save.
The Braves complete the sweep against the Mets, and now head to Chicago to face the Cubs in a four game series before the All-Star break. Greg Maddux (6-8) takes on lefty Shawn Estes (6-7) in game one of the series, as Maddux looks to remind the Cubs that he won 3 Cy Young awards AFTER they traded him away. The daytime matchup at Wrigley is set for 2:20 ET.
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