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Smoltz and errors boost Braves
Rocky defense dooms Mets
Tom Glavine was again solid, but his defense didn't help his cause, committing two errors that led to three unearned runs as the Braves ended the Mets' season-opening winning streak at four. Paul Lo Duca hit a solo home run in the first inning.
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Braves 5, Mets 3
John Smoltz tags out the Mets' Jose Valentin after a rundown in the second inning. (John Bazemore/AP)
Series at a glance:
Braves ace takes duel
After Friday night's loss, the Braves took care of business Saturday to pull even with the Mets at the top of the National League East. John Smoltz got the best of his matchup with good friend Tom Glavine while benefiting from three unearned runs, and the Braves' bullpen staved off the Mets late.
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 Diaz drives one in
 Wilson's catch ends it
TODAY'S WRAPS: April 07, 2007
SEA
CLE
PPD
SEA
CLE
PPD
NYM
NY Mets (4-1)
Lost 1
Atlanta 5, NY Mets 3   ATL
Atlanta (4-1)
Won 1
April 7, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Mets
1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0   3 10 2
Atlanta
1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 X   5 6 1
Standings thru 4/7/07  |  Gameday  |  Mets Stats  |  Braves Stats
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reyes, SS3100211.318
Lo Duca, C4111113.409
Beltran, CF5011012.300
Delgado, 1B4120101.217
Wright, 3B5010033.300
Alou, LF4010104.316
Green, RF5031002.400
Valentin, 2B3010103.158
Glavine, P1000003.333
  Feliciano, P0000000.000
  Smith, P0000000.000
  a-Newhan, PH1000000.500
  Schoeneweis, P0000000.000
Totals3531036622 

a-Grounded out for Smith in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Green (1, Smoltz).
HR: Lo Duca (1, 1st inning off Smoltz, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Lo Duca 4; Beltran; Delgado 2; Wright; Alou; Green 4; Valentin.
RBI: Lo Duca (5), Beltran (7), Green (3).
2-out RBI: Green.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltran; Glavine 2; Alou; Lo Duca; Valentin; Green 2.
S: Glavine 2.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes (2, 2nd base off Smoltz/McCann), Wright (1, 2nd base off Wickman/McCann).

FIELDING
E: Delgado (1, missed catch), Green (1, fielding).
DP: (Reyes-Valentin-Delgado).
Pickoffs: Schoeneweis (Langerhans at 1st base).

 
AtlantaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Johnson, 2B3110100.118
Renteria, SS3011101.381
Jones, C, 3B4000005.222
Jones, A, CF2110200.158
Francoeur, RF4111003.250
McCann, C4000004.368
Wilson, 1B2110110.100
Diaz, LF2112001.300
  Langerhans, LF1000001.111
Smoltz, P2000011.000
  a-Woodward, PH0001000.200
  Gonzalez, P0000000.000
  Soriano, P0000000.000
  b-Thorman, PH1000000.182
  Wickman, P0000000.000
Totals285655216 

a-Hit a sacrifice fly for Smoltz in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Soriano in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Jones, A (2, Glavine).
HR: Diaz (1, 2nd inning off Glavine, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Johnson; Renteria; Jones, A 2; Francoeur; Wilson; Diaz 4.
RBI: Francoeur (3), Diaz 2 (2), Woodward (1), Renteria (4).
2-out RBI: Renteria.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McCann 2; Renteria; Jones, C 2.
SF: Diaz; Woodward.
GIDP: Francoeur.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Johnson (1, 2nd base off Glavine/Lo Duca).
CS: Langerhans (1, 2nd base by Schoeneweis/Lo Duca).
PO: Langerhans (1st base by Schoeneweis).

FIELDING
E: Jones, C (2, fielding).
DP: (McCann-Wilson).

 
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Glavine (L, 1-1)5.14523212.38
Feliciano 0.10001000.00
Smith 1.11001000.00
Schoeneweis 1.01000000.00
 
AtlantaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Smoltz (W, 1-0)6.07224413.75
Gonzalez (H, 1)1.02111006.00
Soriano (H, 1)1.00000100.00
Wickman (S, 2)1.01001100.00

WP: Wickman.
IBB: Valentin (by Smoltz).
HBP: Wilson (by Glavine).
Pitches-strikes: Glavine 113-56, Feliciano 11-5, Smith 20-9, Schoeneweis 13-9, Smoltz 118-63, Gonzalez 24-14, Soriano 14-11, Wickman 22-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Glavine 6-8, Feliciano 0-1, Smith 3-1, Schoeneweis 2-0, Smoltz 8-6, Gonzalez 0-3, Soriano 2-0, Wickman 0-2.
Batters faced: Glavine 26, Feliciano 2, Smith 5, Schoeneweis 3, Smoltz 29, Gonzalez 6, Soriano 3, Wickman 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Feliciano 3-1, Smith 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Bob Davidson. 2B: Sam Holbrook. 3B: Hunter Wendelstedt.
Weather: 45 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 21 mph, L to R.
T: 3:13.
Att: 43,156.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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