Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Friday, September 16
NY Mets4
Game 2: Saturday, September 17
NY Mets4
Game 3: Sunday, September 18
NY Mets4

Braves 7

(85-64, 37-40 away)

Mets 4

(72-76, 42-31 home)

    1:15 PM ET, September 17, 2005

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    ATL 302000101 7 14 0
    NYM 002200000 4 7 1

    W: T. Hudson (13-8)

    L: S. Trachsel (1-3)

    S: K. Farnsworth (14)

    Hudson improves to 86-4 with four-plus runs of support

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Tim Hudson got plenty of help from Atlanta's hitters -- and none of it came from anyone named Jones.

    Adam LaRoche broke out of a slump with a homer and four hits, and Marcus Giles also connected to lead the Braves over the New York Mets 7-4 Saturday.

    Hudson threw six innings and earned his fifth win in six decisions despite giving up three homers for the first time since May 2002.

    "They backed me up," Hudson said. "One of those games that was all bend and no break."

    Ryan Langerhans added three RBI and reached safely four times for the NL East-leading Braves, who remained five games ahead of second-place Philadelphia. Giles also got on four times, and Jeff Francoeur had three hits.

    All in all, a pretty good day of offense for a team that has leaned heavily on Andruw and Chipper Jones all season. The Braves' two big boppers were a combined 0-for-9 with two strikeouts.

    "It's good to see some other guys besides our big dogs do something to help us out," Giles said. "If we want to go to the playoffs and go deep into the playoffs, we definitely can't rely on those two or we're in trouble. Not that they can't do it, but it's going to take all 25 of us."

    Cliff Floyd, Mike Piazza and Mike Jacobs connected off Hudson for the Mets, who dropped to 5-15 in their last 20 games.

    Hudson (13-8) allowed four runs, six hits and four walks in a shaky outing but still improved to 3-0 in four starts against New York this year. He is 86-4 in 111 starts when receiving at least four runs of support.

    The last time the sinkerballer served up three homers was on May 19, 2002, with Oakland at Toronto.

    "It's just Huddy for you," Giles said. "Obviously, he didn't have the stuff he wanted to have today, but he got the job done."

    Making his fourth start -- and first at home -- after missing most of the season while recovering from back surgery, Steve Trachsel (1-3) allowed five runs, two earned, and nine hits in six innings. He was hurt by David Wright's first-inning throwing error and has lost his last three starts.

    "This is like April for me, like you just came out of spring training," Trachsel said.

    Chris Reitsma retired Wright with two on to end the seventh and worked 1 1/3 perfect innings. Kyle Farnsworth got three outs for his eighth save.

    Giles walked in the first, stole second and scored on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Wright. The miscue proved even more costly when LaRoche, who hit .132 with four RBI in the previous 21 games, followed with a two-run homer, his 17th.

    "I tried to pick David up there, but I wasn't able to do it," Trachsel said.

    New York missed a chance to answer in the bottom half when the inning ended on a disputed call. Hudson walked the bases loaded with two outs, and Piazza sent a liner to center that appeared to hit the grass just before Andruw Jones grabbed it with a lunge.

    "It's close, but I had it. You don't trap balls like that," the seven-time Gold Glove winner said. "When I came up, the ball didn't have [any] dirt on it, no mark or grass."

    The Mets thought the ball fell in for a hit that would have scored two, but first base umpire Rob Drake ruled it a clean catch and the inning was over.

    Piazza and manager Willie Randolph were visibly angry at the call.

    "I saw it. I was shocked," Randolph said. "He missed the play. I would hope that umpires don't react to reputation.

    "You know that I get emotional, but I don't cry. I don't want to dwell too much on that play because it sounds like crying and I don't cry about these things."

    Francoeur doubled in the third and Langerhans' two-run single made it 5-0, which is normally more than enough support for Hudson.

    But Floyd hit a two-run drive in the bottom half, matching a career high with his 31st of the season, and Piazza and Jacobs connected for consecutive homers to start the fourth.

    Piazza took a curtain call after No. 394 of his career, and Jacobs' shot traveled an estimated 460 feet over the right-field bullpen.

    "Those weren't cheapies he gave up," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

    It was Jacobs' second in two days after a drought that extended to Aug. 24, when he completed a stretch of four home runs in his first four games in the major leagues.

    Giles homered leading off the seventh against Shingo Takatsu, making it 6-4. Langerhans added an RBI double in the ninth.

    "They got a few insurance runs and they caught the ball," Piazza said.

    Game notes

    Francoeur made several nice plays in RF. He robbed Jose Reyes of a homer with a smooth catch in the ninth. "We played unbelievable defense," Cox said. ... The Braves stole three bases against Piazza, who has thrown out only 12 of 84 basestealers this year (14 percent). ... Atlanta leads the season series 13-5 with one game remaining. ... Floyd also hit 31 homers in 2001 with Florida. ... It was LaRoche's third career four-hit game.

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