NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Yunel
Escobar had a two-run shot as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets 13-5
Tuesday night in New York.
The Braves roughed up Orlando Hernandez and got 13 hits even
without Chipper Jones for the second straight night. Willie Harris
drove in three runs, and Jeff Francoeur was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Braves are clinging to their slim playoff hopes with 17
games left. They pulled within eight-and-a-half of the National
League East-leading Mets. Atlanta began the day five back of San
Diego in the wild-card race.
Paul Lo Duca hit a two-run homer and speedy Jose Reyes had a
career-high three doubles for the Mets, who had won four straight
and nine of 10. They remain six games ahead of the Phillies, who
lost to Colorado.
Atlanta chased Hernandez during a six-run fourth, batting around
to take a 9-0 lead. The first five hitters reached against
Hernandez (9-5), who yielded run-scoring singles to pitcher Buddy
Carlyle and Kelly Johnson before he was replaced by Aaron Sele.
Buddy Carlyle gave up six hits and three runs in four and a
third innings for Braves. Pete Moylan (5-3) threw one and a third
scoreless innings to earn the win.
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