NEW YORK (AP) - Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets tightened their grip on first place in the National League East with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night.
Marlon Anderson homered off John Smoltz, and John Maine stymied Atlanta for six innings to help the Mets win for the 10th time in 12 games. They padded their division lead to seven games over second-place Philadelphia, which was routed by Colorado.
The Mets get their final day off of the regular season tomorrow before the Phillies arrive at Shea Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday night.
Jose Reyes drove in one run and scored another as New York took two of three from Atlanta.
The Braves, who played without slugger Chipper Jones all series, fell nine-and-a-half games behind the Mets. With 16 games remaining, Atlanta's slim wild-card hopes are fading fast.
The Mets led 3-to-1 with two outs and nobody on in the eighth, but Atlanta rallied to tie it on Jeff Francoeur's two-run single. Edgar Renteria drew a walk from Aaron Heilman and Mark Teixeira singled before Pedro Feliciano walked Brian McCann, loading the bases.
New York manager Willie Randolph brought in Guillermo Mota. Francoeur fouled off two two-strike pitches before taking a ball and grounding a single into left that tied it at 3.
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