Walking Wounded: Mets Fall Again In First Game

9/11-Steve Trachsel went down, and so did the Mets as the Braves continued to succeed at destroying their division rival at Turner Field. They beat the Mets this afternoon in the first game of a double header.

Chipper Jones launched a three run homer, part of a six run third inning for the Braves, as they blew past the Mets for the second straight game by a score of 8-5.

Henry Blanco and Kevin Millwood also added RBI singles in the third.

Mark DeRosa, a childhood fan of the Mets growing up in New Jersey, added a solo home run to lead off the fourth.

After trailing 6-3 on Tuesday night, Atlanta had scored then fifteen unanswered runs.

Kevin Millwood (17-6) continued his resurgence, stifling batters all day long and won his eighth straight decision. He was able to go 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, one run, three walks, and seven strikeouts.

Trachsel (9-11) got the loss after pitching 2 1/3 innings while giving up four runs before leaving the game after being hit on his pitching hand by an Andruw Jones ground ball up the middle. He was diagnosed with a contusion of the right thumb and x-rays were negative.

John Valentin got the Mets on the board with a pinch hit single in the top of the sixth that knocked out Millwood. That was Valentin's thirteenth RBI as a pinch hitter this season.

Edgardo Alfonzo added his 15th home run, a solo job in the eighth off Tim Spooneybarger.

Chipper hit his second home run of the game in the eighth. It was a two run shot to right field off reliever Satoru Komiyama.

In the ninth, the Mets scored three runs, including a Mike Piazza double to score two runs but the rally fell short after John Smoltz came on and nailed it down for his 50th save of the season.


- Brady Clark, part of the Shawn Estes deal, joined the team today.
-Grant Roberts who came off the DL last night did not pitch.

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