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Braves 7, Mets 3

NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hudson was downright stingy over eight sharp innings and Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer to help the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-to-3.

Kelly Johnson also had two hits for the Braves, who moved into first in the N-L East by winning last night's opener of the weekend series between the top two teams in the division.

Hudson (3-0) allowed five hits and walked two. He has allowed two runs in 29 innings this season for a microscopic zero-point-62 E-R-A.

The Braves led 4-to-0 after three and scored three unearned runs in the seventh to break it open. Jeff Francoeur and pinch-hitter Craig Wilson walked with the bases loaded and Andruw Jones scored on a wild pitch for the second time in the game.

Hudson retired the first eleven batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until Moises Alou singled to center with one out in the fifth. Shawn Green followed with another single and the Mets went on to load the bases with two outs.

Jose Reyes hit a grounder up the middle but Johnson got to it and threw to Edgar Renteria for the forceout at second to end the threat.

Johnson also got the Braves' offense started in the first. He singled to left and scored when Jones hit a long home run off the bottom of an advertising sign in right-center. It was his 37th homer in 167 career games against New York.

Mike Pelfrey (0-1) lasted five innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He struck out three, walked two and hit a batter with a pitch.

Green hit a two-run homer in the Mets' three-run ninth against Rafael Soriano, who got Jose Valentin to fly out to right for the final out.

David Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk for the Mets, snapping his club-record hitting streak at 26 games.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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