ATLANTA (AP) -- Oliver Perez pitched seven scoreless innings,
David Wright hit his fourth homer in the last four games and the
New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-to-nothing tonight.
The first-place Mets increased their lead over Atlanta in the
National League East to two and a half games.
Perez (6-3) gave up only four hits and two walks in seven
innings. He struck out five batters while winning his third
Perez improved to 3-and-O against the Braves this season,
including two wins at Atlanta.
Joe Smith pitched a perfect eighth and Billy Wagner pitched the
ninth for his 11th save to complete the five-hitter.
Braves manager Bobby Cox also had his slumping former cleanup
hitter, Andruw Jones, hitting sixth for the third straight game.
Cox gave Chris Woodward his first start of the year at first base
and Martin Prado his second start at second base.
An error by Prado helped the Mets score their first run in the
third. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez in the fourth
drove in Paul Lo Duca for a 2-nothing lead.
Chuch James (4-4) gave up seven hits and three runs, two earned,
in four and two-thirds innings.