The Braves blew a couple of one-run leads, largely due to shaky defense (and some unfathomably lucky Mets hitters) but once they got a two-run lead shut the doors.
All-Star Omar Infante (hitting and playing third with Chipper out) was the hitting hero, together with Melky!, combining for seven hits, two homers, and all four runs scored. In the first, both singled, and Melky scored on an error by Reyes on a Glaus grounder. Tommy Hanson, who was pitching very well, held it to the third, when a single by the pitcher, a bunt single, a sacrifice, and a flyout scored the tying run.
In the fifth, Infante singled and McCann walked with two out, and Glaus singled Omar home as Jeffy made a smart play (for once) throwing McCann out at third rather than trying for the hopeless assist at the plate. But in the bottom of the inning, after another single by the pitcher and a wild pitch, Hinske horribly misplayed a fly ball, allowing it to go over his head to score the tying run.
In the sixth, the Mets got a leadoff “double” when Yunel, who looked awful in the field all night, lost a popup in the lights, or the stars, or the flying elephants only he can see, or whatever. After a walk, the Braves got a force at third on a bad bunt. Jeffy hit a sad little grounder that was too weak for a double play, and Bobby went to O’Flaherty, who struck out a pinch-hitter.
In the next inning, Melky! hit a monster homer off the facade in right field, and Infante followed with another homer that just cleared a high wall in left, giving the Braves a 4-2 lead. Venters cruised through the seventh with two strikeouts and a groundout, but Saito got in trouble in the eighth. He allowed a leadoff single to Wright, then got a grounder that could have been a double play, but Prado and Yunel weren’t in sync on or something and they just got the force. Saito struck out Bay, but then threw two wild pitches and walked the next batter. Luckily, Jeffy was up, and lined out on the first pitch. Billy Wagner got two groundouts and a popup in the ninth, no problems.