For a guy hitting .192, Mark Teixeira sure was all over the place today. Teixeira hit a two-out two-run homer in the eighth to give the Braves a 3-0 lead, then saved the game with a diving stop of a two-run double that he turned into the final out of the game.
John Smoltz started, but was limited to 78 pitches as the Braves wanted to be careful; he struck out six in five innings and gave up only two hits. He got in trouble with two walks in the first when the umpire decided that pitches down the middle were balls, but got out of that and didn’t walk anyone else. In the fourth, Kotsay made a nice play on a drive to the gap and doubled Delgado off first (Teixeira had a great stretch to secure the DP) and that was about as close as the Mets got.
Escobar drove in the game’s first run in the third with a double over the head of the left fielder, bringing Kotsay in from third. The Braves had another shot in the fourth, but McCann grounded into a double play with runners first and third. That was pretty much it until late. Boyer looked superb for the second time in a row pitching the sixth. Will Ohman got away with about twenty hanging breaking balls in the seventh, and Moylan got around a leadoff single in the eighth.
Chipper had a rare hitless day, but drew a two-out walk in the ninth, which Teixeira followed with a homer just over the rightfield wall. Soriano’s control completely deserted him in the ninth, as he walked the leadoff man, got the next two, then allowed a single and a walk. Teixeira made his great play to end the day.