Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Atlanta won 3-0

Game 1: Friday, July 30
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Atlanta3
Game 2: Saturday, July 31
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Atlanta8
Game 3: Sunday, August 1
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Atlanta6

Mets 5

(49-55, 22-32 away)

Braves 6

(58-46, 30-22 home)

    1:05 PM ET, August 1, 2004

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    ATL 30003000 - 6 14 0

    W: P. Byrd (3-3)

    L: T. Glavine (8-9)

    S: J. Smoltz (25)

    Former Brave struggles again in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) -- For six years, Andruw Jones watched and learned from center field while Tom Glavine pitched for the Atlanta Braves.

    Now that Glavine is a member of the New York Mets, Jones has put that knowledge to good use.

    He homered and drove in four runs off his former teammate, and the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 6-5 victory Sunday.

    Eli Marrero and Chipper Jones each had three hits for the Braves, who won their fifth straight, and seventh in eight games, to move a season-high 12 games over .500 (58-46).

    Glavine (8-9) continued his recent slide, losing for the sixth time in eight starts, and fell to 1-5 against Atlanta, where he played the first 16 seasons of his career. Andruw Jones improved to 7-for-15 (.467) against Glavine with three home runs.

    "We just came right at him," Andruw Jones said. "I've seen him pitch so many times, it's like I'm really, really relaxed at the plate. I know what kind of pitcher he is."

    In five innings, Glavine gave up six runs on nine hits.

    "It's not strange, it's always going to be different," Glavine said of his return to Atlanta. "I was extremely relaxed, I felt good, and I had a good stuff. Things just didn't happen."

    Paul Byrd (3-3) retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced through five hitless innings before faltering in the sixth with a 6-0 lead. He lost his bid for a no-hitter when David Wright led off with a solo homer to left, then left after Cliff Floyd's three-run shot later in the inning.

    The Mets got within 6-5 on Mike Cameron's home run off Antonio Alfonseca to start the seventh, but newly acquired Tom Martin came on to retire pinch-hitter Gerald Williams and Jose Reyes on easy flyballs to end the threat.

    "It's a good feeling, I can tell you that," Martin said. "You just want to get the ball to your closer, and when you have a closer like ours, it makes it especially important."

    Martin was traded to the Braves a day earlier by Los Angeles, and arrived in town about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

    "He fought hard to get here, and he probably won the ballgame," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

    John Smoltz allowed a one-out single in the ninth to Cameron, who then stole second, but struck out Vance Wilson and Wright for his 25th save in 27 chances.

    Glavine got two quick outs in the first before walking J.D. Drew, and Chipper Jones followed with a ground-rule double over Richard Hidalgo in right. An infield single by Julio Franco scored Drew, and Andruw Jones lined a hit off the glove of shortstop Kaz Matsui to bring home Chipper Jones.

    Marrero grounded a single through the right side to score Franco for a 3-0 lead.

    "What are you going to do?" Glavine said. "Sure, it's frustrating when you make a pitch and you expect a certain result and don't get it -- particularly against a team like this. You make mistakes, they're going to make you pay for it and they did."

    Andruw Jones' homer in the fifth made it 6-0, an opposite-field shot to right that Hidalgo narrowly missed.

    All the while, Byrd was cruising. The only baserunner he allowed through five innings was Glavine, who walked. But things fell apart quickly for Byrd in the sixth, with the two homers cutting Atlanta's lead to 6-4.

    "It was weird," Byrd said. "I thought they couldn't see the ball and they couldn't pick it up, and then all the sudden, it was like I was putting it on a tee for them."

    He gave up four hits in 5 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out five.

    "We showed some spunk and got back in it," New York manager Art Howe said. "That was more like the Mets I know. If we hadn't come back and played the way we did, I'd be concerned." ^Notes:@ Andruw Jones' homer was his first since July 20. ... Piazza made his first start at first base during the series and finished 0-for-4. He mistakenly fielded a grounder headed toward 2B Reyes in the fifth, which turned into a hit for Drew. ... Byrd threw 91 pitches, including 62 for strikes.

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