Atlanta Blasts to New York Victory

NEW YORK (AP) - The Atlanta Braves got some revenge Tuesday night from Oliver Perez. The Braves ripped the New York left-hander for two home runs and 10 hits in a 7 to 3 victory over the Mets.

Matt Diaz hit a solo homer and Jeff Francoeur added a three-run shot. The victory to open a three-game series in New York was Atlanta's seventh in 10 games against the Mets this season. It moved the second-place Braves within three-and-a-half games of the Mets in the National League East.

Perez won his first three starts against Atlanta this season for the Mets only wins against the Braves. Perez (10-8) had allowed three runs in 20 and two-thirds innings. He allowed that many in the first two innings tonight.

Diaz homered in the first and Francoeur doubled with one out and scored on a single by Brian McCann. Then pitcher Buddy Carlyle singled and Escobar doubled for a 3-nothing Atlanta lead.

An inning later, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones singled and Francoeur hit his 13th home run of the season to make it 6-nothing.

Atlanta right-hander Buddy Carlyle (7-3) benefited from the big early lead. He held the Mets to three runs and six hits in five innings. Four Braves relievers pitched four hitless innings to close out the game.

Chipper Jones opened the Braves seventh against Mets reliever Aaron Sele with a triple off the glove of Milledge in center field and came home as Alou made a diving grab, turning Mark Teixeira's line drive into a sacrifice fly.

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