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Santana Shuts Down Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - Johan Santana threw seven scoreless innings to
take some pressure off New York's struggling offense and the Mets
beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.

The Mets scored two runs in the sixth to snap a streak of 19
consecutive scoreless innings. Kenshin Kawakami's bases-loaded walk
to Jeremy Reed forced in the first run.

Santana has now thrown 15 straight scoreless innings, lowering
his ERA to 2.92, its first time under 3 since he allowed nine runs
at Yankee Stadium on June 14.

It's only the seventh time in the last 23 games that the Mets have scored more than four runs.

The Mets led only 2-1 before scoring three runs in the ninth off Manny Acosta. Angel Pagan had three hits, including a run-scoring triple in the ninth.


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