In tune-up work, Greg Maddux pitched five innings of one run ball and got help from Vinny Castilla as the Atlanta Braves knocked of the New York Mets 3-1 in the first game of a double header on Friday evening.
Chipper Jones got the Braves on the board in top of the first when he singled to right center field to drive in Rafael Furcal.
Vinny Castilla also added a solo home run in the second and an RBI single in the fourth.
The Mets got their lone run in the bottom of the third when a Roberto Alomar ground out plated Rey Ordonez. No offensive rhythm was ever established as Greg Maddux breezed through on fifty-three pitches, forty of them strikes.
Mike Piazza's four strikeout in the game were the most he had in one contest in nearly two years.
John Thomson (9-14) pitched well but fell victim to a lack of run support. He went seven innings allowing three runs, six hits, two walks, while striking out five.
That could be Greg Maddux's last regular season start as an Atlanta Brave, as questions have surfaced on whether the teams financial situation will allow them sign both him and Tom Glavine.
John Smoltz came on with two outs in the eighth and finished it out, earning his fifty-fourth save of the season.
Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.
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