Series: Game 1 of 3

New York leads 1-0 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 5
New York 9Final
Atlanta 3
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
New York 11Final
Atlanta 2
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
New York 2Final
in 14
Atlanta 5

Mets 9

(2-2, 1-0 away)

Braves 3

(2-2, 2-2 home)

    7:35 PM ET, April 5, 2002

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    NYM 032030001 9 13 1
    ATL 200100000 3 9 0

    W: P. Astacio (1-0)

    L: A. Lopez (0-1)

    Burnitz, Piazza power Mets past Braves

    ATLANTA (AP) -- These new-look New York Mets beat the Braves in their very first try.

    Pedro Astacio


    Pedro Astacio allowed three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings in his debut with the Mets.

    Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, Mike Piazza added a solo shot and Pedro Astacio won in his Mets' debut, a 9-3 rout of Atlanta on Friday night.

    "We were needing a win and waiting to bust out," Burnitz said. "Although it was only our fourth game, we had lost two straight at home, so it was good to come to Atlanta and get the first one from them."

    Burnitz is one of four new faces in the Mets everyday lineup. The others are Roberto Alomar, Mo Vaughn and Roger Cedeno.

    Astacio (1-0) allowed three runs and seven hits, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Astacio, who struck out seven, had been 2-13 against the Braves -- but 2-2 at Turner Field.

    "I don't keep track of things like that," Astacio said. "I like to pitch in every park in the big leagues."

    David Weathers relieved and struck out Gary Sheffield to escape the jam.

    Sheffield had three homers in Atlanta's first three games and was hitting .511 against Astacio coming in (23-for-45). He didn't get the ball out of the infield, going 0-for-3.

    "I just mixed it up against him and made some good pitches tonight," Astacio said.

    Piazza scored four runs and Edgardo Alfonzo and Cedeno each had three of the Mets' 13 hits.

    Andruw Jones' two-run homer put Atlanta ahead in the first, but Albie Lopez, in his Braves' debut, was awful, falling behind 3-2 in the second when he allowed RBI singles to Burnitz, Rey Ordonez and Roger Cedeno. Astacio, 5-for-53 last year, helped the rally with a single to center.

    "I didn't break out my curveball until the fourth inning and by that time it was too late," Lopez said.

    New York got a pair of unearned runs in the third after Rafael Furcal booted Alfonzo's grounder to shortstop.

    B.J. Surhoff hit an RBI double in the fourth that closed the Braves to 5-3, but Lopez allowed five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in four innings. Andruw Jones, after his second home run in two nights, struck out four times.

    Game notes

    With John Franco sidelined, the Mets acquired RHP Scott Strickland from Montreal along with OF Matt Watson and LHP Philip Seibel for LHP Bruce Chen, RHP Dicky Gonzalez, INF Luis Figueroa and a player to be named. ... Astacio's previous win over the Braves was on Sept. 14, 1997. ... Greg Maddux, who missed his opening day start on Monday because of an inflamed nerve in his lower back, threw lightly on the side Friday. He was scheduled to start Sunday against the Mets but following Friday night's game, the Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list. ... Lopez, a career .027 hitter (1-for-37), singled to left in his only at-bat.

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