Series: Game 3 of 4

Atlanta leads 3-0 (as of 7/19)

Game 1: Thursday, July 17
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Game 2: Friday, July 18
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Game 3: Saturday, July 19
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Game 4: Sunday, July 20
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Mets 4

(40-56, 20-28 away)

Braves 7

(64-32, 33-13 home)

    1:15 PM ET, July 19, 2003

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: R. Ortiz (13-4)

    L: T. Glavine (6-10)

    S: J. Smoltz (35)

    Ortiz struggles but wins his 13th

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Russ Ortiz labored through five innings, throwing 101 pitches and never finding a comfort zone.

    Still, he fared better than Tom Glavine.

    Ortiz earned his NL-leading 13th victory as the Atlanta Braves roughed up former teammate Glavine again and beat the New York Mets 7-4 on Saturday.

    "I don't even think about it," Ortiz said of his win total. "I'm more concerned with coming out here and giving us a chance to win every game. That's what I strive for."

    Andruw Jones went 2-for-3 with a home run, Javy Lopez added two hits and Vinny Castilla drove in two runs for the Braves, who won for the 12th time in 13 games.

    Ortiz (13-4) hardly was sharp, but he pitched out of jams in the third and fifth and won his sixth straight. He gave up three runs on four hits, struck out five and walked four.

    If he hadn't gotten through the fourth on only seven pitches, he might not have lasted long enough to get the win.

    "It was a struggle," Ortiz said. "It was a battle from the first pitch on. But it was only out of the windup. I felt good from the stretch, so I didn't lose confidence."

    John Smoltz got the final out for his 35th save in 37 opportunities -- the 100th of his career. He became the 15th pitcher in history to have 100 wins and 100 saves, joining Tom Gordon of the Chicago White Sox as the only active ones.

    "It's a number," Smoltz said. "They can be as big as you want them to be or as little as you want them to be. I choose to make them little.

    "I'm more concerned about my success rate than the numbers. Over the last two years, I've saved 100 out of 107, and that's what I'm more proud of."

    Glavine (6-10), facing the Braves for the fourth time this season, lasted only 4 1-3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits. He fell to 0-4 against Atlanta, and he's allowed 23 earned runs in those games.

    "The first time I pitched against them here, I didn't pitch well," Glavine said. "I think the last three times I've pitched a lot better than the results have been. But they're getting it done. That's why they have the record that they have."

    The crowd's reaction to Glavine was a bit muted in his second visit to Turner Field. When he came to the plate in the second inning, a loud chorus of boos were quickly met with some cheers. The response was the same when he walked off the mound.

    In his previous start, Glavine beat Philadelphia 4-3.

    "It seems that there's always one team every year that you struggle against for whatever reasons, and I guess for me it's Atlanta," he said. "It doesn't make it any worse than if it was Florida or Philadelphia."

    Jason Phillips had two hits for the Mets, who have lost nine of 10.

    Atlanta played without left fielder Chipper Jones, who aggravated a wrist injury Friday night. Darren Bragg replaced Jones in the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, snapping an 11-for-78 slump.

    "I just wanted to be aggressive at the plate," Bragg said. "I wasn't planning on taking any pitches. Fortunately, I got a good swing on a couple of pitches and found some holes. That's what it's all about."

    Glavine retired the side in order in the first, then ran into trouble in the second. Andruw Jones doubled off the wall in center, and an out later, Julio Franco drew a walk. Castilla doubled to drive in Jones, and Bragg brought in Franco and Castilla with a triple.

    Bragg scored on a single by Ortiz to make it 4-1.

    "I think you still fight the urge that they know what you're trying to do," Glavine said of the Braves. "They have a great game plan and I guess so far they've outexecuted me."

    After the Mets closed to 4-3 in the third, Jones hit a 413-foot solo shot to left in the bottom of the inning.

    Atlanta finished Glavine in the fifth after Jones drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Lopez. Franco drove in Jones with a single to left, and Dan Wheeler came on to replace Glavine. Castilla's sacrifice fly scored Lopez with the final run of the inning.

    New York took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jose Reyes scored on a single by Timo Perez, then scored two runs in the third on Cliff Floyd's triple and Phillips' RBI single.

    Jeff Duncan hit an RBI single in the ninth off Roberto Hernandez to make it 7-4.

    Game notes

    New York 1B Tony Clark struck out four times. ... Mets LHP Al Leiter, currently on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee, will be activated to start Sunday's game. ... Since Leiter's pitching, Chipper Jones could be out of the lineup again Sunday. His injury bothers him most when he bats right-handed. ... Atlanta 2B Marcus Giles started for the first time in five games and went 0-for-4. ... Before Saturday's game, Atlanta LHP Jung Keun Bong and New York RHP Jae Weong Seo presented a jersey to Korean Consulate General Kim Sung-Yup.

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