Maine, Mets Hold On for Win Over Braves

Beltran's two-run double sparks four-run third inning
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 4:52 PM CDT
Maine, Mets Hold On for Win Over Braves
New York Mets' John Maine delivers a pitch to the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York, Saturday, April 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double in the Mets' four-run third inning, and New York held on for a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves today. John Maine pitched five effective innings and David Wright snapped out of a slump with two hits for the Mets. Atlanta dropped to 0-8 in one-run games and is the only team in the majors without a win in that situation.

The Braves played without Chipper Jones, who was a late scratch after feeling spasms in the middle of his back in the clubhouse before the game. Jones was leading the majors with a .433 batting average entering play today. Martin Prado replaced Jones at third base and two hits and made a defensive play that possibly prevented a run. Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his fifth save. (More MLB stories.)

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