New York 3, Atlanta 0

ATLANTA (AP) - Oliver Perez is getting to be a regular Braves killer. The New York left-hander pitched seven scoreless innings Wednesday night to beat Atlanta for the third time this season.

The three-to-nothing win increased the Mets' lead over the Braves in
the National League East to two and a half games.

Perez (6-3) gave up only four hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five while winning his third straight start. Perez is the only Mets pitcher to beat the Braves this season, including two wins at Atlanta.

Tom Glavine will try tonight, against Braves right-hander John Smoltz in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Chuck James (4-4) gave up seven hits and three runs, two earned, in four and two-thirds innings. Atlanta manager Bobby Cox gave Chris Woodward his first start of the year at first base and Martin Prado his second start at second base.

An error by Prado helped the Mets score their first run in the third. A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez in the fourth made it 2-nothing. David Wright hit a solo homer in the fifth.