1:10 PM ET, April 21, 2007
Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York
• Summary: Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes had seven of the Mets 11 hits as New York beat up on the Atlanta Braves to take over first place in the NL East.
• Hero: After an up-and-down start to his season, Oliver Perez had a strong outing for the Mets, scattering nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He gave up just two earned runs and struck out nine Braves.
• Unsung heroes: While Reyes and Beltran grab the headlines, backups Ramon Castro and Damion Easley both homered for the Mets on Saturday.
• Figure this: Perez, who walked seven in his lasting outing of just 2 2/3 innings, threw 20 consecutive strikes during one stretch Saturday against the Braves.
• Series lookahead: On Sunday, Atlanta's John Smoltz and New York's Tom Glavine will square off. The two are old friends and Glavine will be searching for his 294th career win.
-- ESPN.com news services
Mets 7, Braves 2
Reyes got his ninth stolen base. ... Chipper Jones has hit safely in 14 of 17 games this season. ... Perez threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of 29 batters. He had an 0-2 count on nine hitters. ... The Mets entered batting a major league-best .352 against lefties.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Sat 4/21)|
|Fri 4/6||NYM 11, @ATL 1||Recap|
|Sat 4/7||@ATL 5, NYM 3||Recap|
|Sun 4/8||@ATL 3, NYM 2||Recap|
|Fri 4/20||ATL 7, @NYM 3||Recap|
|» Sat 4/21||@NYM 7, ATL 2||Box Score|
|Sun 4/22||ATL 9, @NYM 6||Recap|
|Tue 5/22||@ATL 8, NYM 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/23||NYM 3, @ATL 0||Recap|
|Thu 5/24||@ATL 2, NYM 1||Recap|
|Tue 8/7||ATL 7, @NYM 3||Recap|
|Wed 8/8||@NYM 4, ATL 3||Recap|
|Thu 8/9||ATL 7, @NYM 6||Recap|
|Fri 8/31||NYM 7, @ATL 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/1||NYM 5, @ATL 1||Recap|
|Sun 9/2||NYM 3, @ATL 2||Recap|
|Mon 9/10||@NYM 3, ATL 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/11||ATL 13, @NYM 5||Recap|
|Wed 9/12||@NYM 4, ATL 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Braves | Mets|
|1st||C Beltran reached on infield single to second, J Reyes scored.||0||1|
|3rd||M Alou hit sacrifice fly to center, C Beltran scored.||0||2|
|5th||R Castro homered to left, C Beltran scored.||0||4|
|6th||A Jones doubled to left center, E Renteria scored, C Jones to third.||1||4|
|6th||D Easley homered to left.||1||5|
|6th||J Reyes homered to left.||1||6|
|6th||C Beltran tripled to right, D Wright scored.||1||7|
|7th||C Woodward singled to deep left, C Wilson scored.||2||7|
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|Stadium||Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY|
|Attendance||55,143 (131.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Rick Reed, Third Base - Dale Scott|