Gems from Glavine, Campillo help Braves sweep DH from Mets; Church hurt

ATLANTA (ESPN.com news services) -- Jorge Campillo outpitched his future Hall of Famer teammate and got quite a bonus: his first major league win.

The 30-year-old journeyman followed up Tom Glavine's strong performance in the first game with six scoreless innings of his own Tuesday night, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets and a sweep of their doubleheader.

The long day turned even longer for the Mets, ending with a scary play involving Ryan Church. While turning a double play at second base, Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar struck Church in the head with his right knee. Church was face down on the field for several minutes before staggering off, while Escobar had to be helped to the Braves dugout.

Church had a mild concussion but was taken to Piedmont Hospital as a precaution. Escobar's knee was heavily wrapped and he would only say, "No DL."

Glavine overcame a shaky start to allow just one run in six innings of a 6-1 win. He retired his last 17 hitters in the first post-New York appearance against his former team, the watched the 30-year-old Campillo pitch even better in the nightcap.

"I got my confidence back," said Campillo, who allowed three hits, struck out seven and didn't walk anyone. "I really appreciate what the team has done for me. They've given me an opportunity."

After the second game was delayed 1 hour, 39 minutes by a fierce thunderstorm, the Braves quickly picked up where they left off in the opener, improving the NL's best home record.

Chipper Jones, still hitting above .400, had a run-scoring double in the first. Atlanta added three more runs in the third off Claudio Vargas, capped by Kelly Johnson's two-run triple into the right-field corner. Mark Kotsay added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Campillo (1-0) was making his second big league start, and this was sure better than the last one. With Seattle in 2005, the right-hander got only four outs before leaving with an elbow injury that led to season-ending surgery.

"I was thinking, 'Just please let get through four hitters,'" Campillo said through a translator, teammate Brayan Pena. "After I got the fourth hitter, I knew I would be fine."

Campillo threw 78 pitches in by far his longest appearance of the season, 54 for strikes.

"He's a master of changing speeds," manager Bobby Cox said. "His fastball looks like it's 95 miles an hour, rather than 89."

Coming off a two-game sweep of the Yankees, the Mets fell flat in Atlanta and slipped to 22-21 overall -- fourth in the NL East.

"We had all the momentum in the world coming into the series and we couldn't do anything with it," David Wright said. "We've got too much talent to be a .500 team. We've got too much talent to be mediocre the whole way through the season."

Even before the Mets got to Atlanta, they were dealing with another touchy matter. Manager Willie Randolph, who is black, suggested in a newspaper interview earlier in the week that some of the criticism he has faced by media and fans is racially motivated.

Before the doubleheader Tuesday, Randolph backed off those comments.

"This boils down to wins and losses, it really does," he said. "It's not about race, it's about winning ball games."

"I wasn't trying to bring race into it. I was just talking to an old friend."

Called up by the injury plagued Braves early in the season, Campillo pitched well in relief -- 13 appearances with 1.27 ERA -- and earned a shot at starting in a day-night doubleheader that resulted from an April 4 rainout.

The showers struck again, but Campillo didn't mind waiting. He retired the first nine hitters before Jose Reyes led off the fourth with a single, and wound up facing only one over the minimum. Reyes inexplicably tried to steal second with his team down 4-0 and was thrown out. Church, who singled in the fifth, was erased with a double play.

Vargas (0-2) lasted five innings, giving up five hits and all four Atlanta runs. The Braves improved to 18-5 at Turner Field, a striking contrast to their 6-16 road record.

"Hopefully when we get out on the road again," Kotsay quipped, "we can take our white jerseys with us."

The doubleheader started ominously for Glavine and the Braves. On the sixth pitch of the game, Luis Castillo lofted a fly ball that barely cleared the wall in left for his first homer of the season. The Mets then loaded the bases with one out on singles by Wright and Church, sandwiched around a walk to Carlos Beltran.

But Moises Alou hit a hard liner right at Jones, and right fielder Jeff Francoeur hauled in a fly ball to deep right by slumping Carlos Delgado to get the Braves out the inning trailing just 1-0.

After that, Glavine (2-1) was unhittable. The Mets went three-up, three-down over the next five innings before the 42-year-old lefty, bothered a bit by a sore right knee, turned it over to the bullpen.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would go 17 up, 17 down after that first inning," said Glavine, who spent the previous five seasons with the Mets before re-signing with his original team over the winter. "There was no reason to expect that."

After the first, New York didn't have another runner until Reyes singled off Blaine Boyer with two outs in the eighth.

Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs for the Braves, who handed John Maine (5-3) his first loss in nearly a month. The right-hander had won four straight starts but was knocked around in this one, giving up four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.

Glavine's performance was especially satisfying in light of how he finished 2007 with the Mets, getting rocked on the final day of the regular season to complete New York's historic collapse in the NL East race.

"There were a lot of naysayers about me coming to pitch with the way I finished last season," he said. "I still think I can pitch. That's the most important thing."

He'll get no argument from his former teammates, who were coming off a two-game sweep of the Yankees.

"As the game went on, he threw more off-speed stuff," Delgado said. "He's a smart guy."

The Atlanta bullpen extended its streak of scoreless innings to 20 in a row before Boyer gave up a run-scoring double to Ramon Castro in the eighth inning of game two. After allowing an RBI single to Reyes, Manny Acosta got the final four outs for his third save.

Game notes
Atlanta's Mark Teixeira reached base seven times in the doubleheader on four hits and three walks. ... Jones is hitting .409 after going 3-of-8 in the two games. ... Delgado shows little sign of escaping his season-long slump. He went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts and is hitting just .222. ... Francoeur didn't play in the second game, ending the majors longest streak of consecutive games played at 370.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.