Series: Game 2 of 3

Atlanta leads 2-0 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Monday, September 5
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 6
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 7
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in 10

Mets 1

(70-68, 29-41 away)

Braves 3

(80-59, 47-24 home)

7:35 PM ET, September 6, 2005

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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NYM 000001000 1 7 0
ATL 10100100 - 3 7 0

W: J. Smoltz (14-7)

L: P. Martinez (13-7)

S: K. Farnsworth (11)

Smoltz, Martinez face off in battle of Cy Young winners

NY Mets (70-67) at Atlanta (79-59), 7:35 pm EDT

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- One night after witnessing a thrilling victory, fans at Turner Field are treated to a dream pitching matchup of former Cy Young Award winners Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets continue their three-game set.

Chipper Jones' two-run homer in the eighth provided the difference in Monday's 4-2 victory in the series opener. Atlanta looks to ride the momentum from the win behind the reliable arm of John Smoltz (13-6, 3.02 ERA).

The 38-year-old righthander has lost just once in his last 16 starts, going 9-1 with a 2.87 ERA in that stretch. He allowed three runs in five innings Thursday in an eventual 8-7 win vs. Washington.

The 1996 Cy Young Award winner, Smoltz is just 12-10 with a 3.55 ERA in his career against the Mets. He has faced them three times this year, going 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA.

New York counters with ace Pedro Martinez (13-6, 2.90), who is coming off one of his worst starts of the season. The Dominican righthander was reached for five runs - including four homers - in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to Philadelphia.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is just 7-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 22 career games against the Braves, including a 2-1 mark with a 2.05 ERA in three games this year.

The Mets have lost seven of their last nine games, while the Braves have won four of five.

Atlanta holds a 10-4 edge in the season series.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Gameday Matchup

 New YorkAtlanta
Current StreakL1L4
Last 108-24-6

Pitching Matchup

New YorkAtlanta
P. Martinez
15-8, 2.82 ERA

Last Game:
9/22 at NYM
5.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Loss
J. Smoltz
14-7, 3.06 ERA

Last Game:
9/23 at ATL
6.0 IP, 3 ER
Dec = ND

Gameday Lineups

NO.New YorkAtlanta
1. J. Reyes, SS R. Furcal, SS
2. K. Matsui, 2B M. Giles, 2B
3. C. Beltran, CF C. Jones, 3B
4. C. Floyd, LF A. Jones, CF
5. D. Wright, 3B J. Franco, 1B
6. D. Mientkiewicz, 1B J. Francoeur, RF
7. R. Castro, C K. Johnson, LF
8. V. Diaz, RF B. McCann, C
9. P. Martinez, P J. Smoltz, P