Seo Braves Rain; Mets win 4-2

On a day when the rain fell from the sky onto the field, timely hits fell also, this time for the Mets, as they beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 before a crowd of over 33,000 on a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon.

Starter Jae Seo was brilliant for the second straight start against the Braves, this time earning the win after going eight plus innings, allowing only two earned runs. He was pulled in the ninth by manager Art Howe after giving up a leadoff double to Chipper Jones, giving the ball toArmando Benitez, who nailed the door down despite allowing Jones to score and having two calls go against him on throws to second base by leftfielder Raul Gonzalez.

Seo scattered six hits over his eight plus innings, walking one and striking out none.

"To be honest, I didn't think Jae Seo had a shot to make the club when we went to spring training," said Mets' manager Art Howe to the Associated Press. "I didn't know who he was. The first time I saw him throw I liked what I saw. It was just a matter of him gaining strength."

Gonzalez and centerfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo were Seo's best friends, as the finesse righty recorded fifteen fly ball outs. The fierce winds and hard rain kept a few balls in the ballpark, but nevertheless Seo was able to keep the Braves off the base paths for the most part. He got into trouble in the second when he let up a leadoff double to Gary Sheffield, who came around to score on a Robert Fick single, but was able to work his way out of further damage. Fick had both Atlanta RBIs in the game.

His batterymate was pretty impressed:

"He didn't invent any new pitches," catcher Jason Phillips said to the Associated Press. "For him to go back out there against them and do well again shows what kind of stuff he has."

The Mets had men on first and second with no outs in the first, but Joe McEwing, who led off and played second for the injured Roberto Alomar, was thrown out at home by Chipper Jones after a Ty Wigginton base hit to left. They were able to load the bases again when Phillips walked with two outs, but Tony Clark grounded out to pitcher Mike Hampton, who went six innings and gave up all four runs, all earned.

They loaded the bases with no outs for Jason Phillips in the third, but Phillips grounded into a double play, putting runners on second and third with two outs. Shinjo then provided another reason for Seo to thank him, as he hit a screaming double down the left field line, plating Ty Wigginton and Jeromy Burnitz.

The Mets scored two more in the sixth, as Wigginton scored on a wild ball four to Tony Clark and Rey Sanchez drove in Shinjo with a single to center.

Benitez struck out former Met Matt Franco looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

The Mets announced that anyone that attended Saturday's game could send in their full-ticket or ticket stub and receive free reserved tickets for one of three games on June 24, 25 and 26.

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