Braves Ready to Head Home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Oliver Perez held the Atlanta Braves to
seven hits and three runs in six-and-a-third innings in New York's
9-4 exhibition victory today.

Perez gave up one walk and had four strikeouts as the Mets and
Braves each relied heavily on backups. The Mets won each of three
spring games between the National League East rivals.

The Braves, playing their last spring game in Florida, opened
the game with three relievers from their major league roster. They
then turned the game over to minor league right-hander Charlie
Morton, who gave up three runs on three hits and four walks in
three innings. Three minor league relievers finished up for
Atlanta.

Perez fell at the end of the sixth inning but said later he was
OK. The Mets pitcher fielded a grounder between the mound and first
base and threw out Josh Anderson before falling on the base line,
his face on the chalk and dirt. New York manager Willie Randolph
ran from the third-base dugout on a straight line for Perez, who
finally pushed himself off the ground and left the field with
Randolph following.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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