Braves 3, Mets 2

Sunday, April 8th 2007, 3:29 pm
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) -- Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur hit consecutive RBI doubles in the 8th inning to rally the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Chipper Jones led off the inning with a double to center off Aaron Heilman (0-1) and scored one out later on McCann's double to tie the game. Francoeur followed with a hit to right to drive in pinch-runner Brayan Pena.

The Mets' bullpen had not allowed a run in 13 innings before the Braves broke through in the 8th.

The blown save by Heilman wasted a strong start by Orlando Hernandez, who gave up only 2 hits and 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 4.

Rafael Soriano (1-0) got 1 out for the victory. Bob Wickman pitched a perfect 9th inning for his third save.

Kelly Johnson hit the first pitch from Hernandez about six rows deep into the right-field seats for his second homer.

The Mets answered when Shawn Green and Ramon Castro hit back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning for a 2-1 lead that held until the 8th.

Atlanta's Kyle Davies, making his first start of the season, didn't allow another run. He gave up 4 hits and 2 runs in 6 2-3 innings. Davies matched his career high with 8 strikeouts and walked 3.

Davies, recalled from AAA Richmond on Wednesday, was removed from the game with 2 outs in the 7th after giving up a single to Moises Alou and a walk to pinch-hitter Julio Franco. Chad Paronto ended the inning when Jose Reyes popped out.

After giving up the homer to Johnson, Hernandez did not allow another hit until Francoeur led off the 5th with a single.