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METS 8, BRAVES 7

Mets outlast Braves

Wright's third hit beats Atlanta in 14

NEW YORK -- David Wright doubled home Carlos Beltran with the winning run in the 14th inning last night, lifting the New York Mets to an 8-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

The hit was the third of the night for Wright, who broke out of a 1-for-19 slump with four hits Thursday night. Beltran had walked and reached second on a passed ball before Wright delivered against Jorge Sosa (0-5), who had been scheduled to start tomorrow.

The win was the third straight for New York and the third straight loss for Atlanta, dropping the Braves eight games behind the Mets in the NL East.

The teams traded leadoff home runs in the 11th.

Pinch hitter Wilson Betemit hit his third homer of the season, connecting against Mets closer Billy Wagner for a 7-6 Atlanta lead. It was the third home run allowed by Wagner, who gave up just six all last season.

Cliff Floyd, locked in a slump that had dipped his average below .190, tied it against Chris Reitsma with his third homer of the season. An inning later, Reitsma got Floyd to pop up with the bases loaded.

Jose Reyes had a career-high five hits for New York. He touched off the tying four-run rally in the seventh with a single and opened the eighth with his fifth triple of the season.

Trailing, 6-2, the Mets knocked starter Kyle Davies out in the seventh. Reyes opened with his fourth single and Paul Lo Duca doubled. An error by shortstop Edgar Renteria allowed one run to score, and Carlos Delgado singled home another. Floyd's run-scoring single against reliever Ken Ray made it 6-5, and Kaz Matsui delivered a tying single.

Ray escaped further damage, getting 47-year-old pinch hitter Julio Franco to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Brian McCann drove in two runs with two hits and Marcus Giles had three hits including a pair of doubles and scored twice for the Braves.

Brian Jordan also had two hits and scored twice.

Jordan singled and scored on McCann's hit-and-run double in the second inning. Then, with the score tied at 2-2 in the sixth, Jordan doubled with two outs and scored the go-ahead run on a base hit by McCann. After McCann stole second, Matt Diaz delivered a run-scoring single.

The Braves nicked Mets starter Steve Trachsel for a run in the first when Giles opened with a double off the right field wall and came around on a pair of infield outs.

Carlos Beltran tied it for the Mets in the bottom of the first with his sixth home run of the season.

Jordan and McCann put the Braves back in front in the second and Davies pitched out of a two-on, none out jam in the bottom of the second, striking out Kaz Matsui and Trachsel to strand runners at second and third.

In the third, the Mets had the first two men on base again when Reyes beat out a bunt and Paul Lo Duca walked. Beltran forced Lo Duca but then Davies walked Carlos Delgado and Wright, both on four pitches, forcing in the tying run.

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