Series: Game 4 of 4

Atlanta won 4-0

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 8

(40-57, 20-29 away)

Braves 11

(65-32, 34-13 home)

    1:05 PM ET, July 20, 2003

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: R. King (3-0)

    L: M. Stanton (2-4)

    S: J. Smoltz (36)

    First four-game sweep of New York since 1965

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Javy Lopez's three-run homer keyed an eight-run rally in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 11-8 Sunday to finish a four-game sweep.

    Pinch-hitter Marcus Giles drove in the go-ahead run as Atlanta got nine hits in the eighth to complete a stirring comeback.

    Darren Bragg and Mark DeRosa each had RBI singles for the Braves, who earned their first four-game sweep of the Mets since moving to Atlanta in 1966.

    The Braves, winners of five straight, are 13-1 since July 3 and have the best record through 97 games, 65-32, in franchise history. Atlanta's 1998 team went 64-32 before losing its 97th game.

    The Mets, who traded All-Stars Roberto Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz and Armando Benitez in the past three weeks, have dropped 10 of 11.

    Lopez's fifth career pinch-hit homer was his 24th this year and first since June 24 against Philadelphia.

    New York reliever Edwin Almonte was handed an 8-3 lead to begin the eighth, but he allowed consecutive singles to Vinny Castilla, Henry Blanco and Bragg before manager Art Howe brought in Mike Stanton (2-4).

    Lopez hit Stanton's 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence to make it 8-7. Rafael Furcal reached on a bunt single and advanced to third when Stanton's wild throw to first went into right field for an error. After DeRosa drove in Furcal to make it 8-8, Gary Sheffield flied out before Andruw Jones' single moved DeRosa to second.

    Giles, batting for pitcher Ray King (3-0), singled to left to drive in DeRosa for a 9-8 lead. Castilla's fielder's choice made it 10-8 when second baseman Rey Sanchez booted the grounder for an error that scored Jones.

    Stanton was pulled for Pedro Feliciano, who allowed Blanco's RBI single that ended the scoring. Stanton allowed five hits and five runs in one-third of an inning.

    John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.

    The eighth-inning meltdown spoiled a solid start by New York's Al Leiter, who came off the disabled list before the game.

    Making his first start since going on the DL on July 7 with an inflamed right knee, Leiter allowed three hits and two runs in five innings. Two of his four walks were intentional, and the left-hander struck out five.

    Horacio Ramirez was chased with two outs in the fifth after the Mets scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Bad fielding hurt the rookie left-hander, who added to his trouble by fielding Leiter's sacrifice bunt and pulling DeRosa off first with an errant throw that loaded the bases with none out.

    Jeff Duncan hit a two-run single, and Ty Wigginton added an RBI single.

    Mets reliever David Weathers hit Robert Fick with a pitch to force in a run in the sixth.

    Jason Phillips made it 6-3 when he led off the eighth with his sixth homer. New York added two more runs off Jung Bong on Jose Reyes' RBI single and Duncan's bases-loaded walk.

    Leiter led 2-0 in the fourth before allowing Castilla's sacrifice fly and Blanco's RBI double.

    Reyes hit a two-run double in the third.

    Game notes

    Mets 1B Tony Clark, who struck out in all four at-bats Saturday, went 2-for-3 with three runs. ... New York sent infielder Jorge Velandia back to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Leiter.

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