ATLANTA (AP) - Tim Hudson pitched six solid innings and Rick
Ankiel drove in two runs with his first hit as a Brave, a two-out,
two-run single in a three-run first inning that helped Atlanta to a
4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.
Chipper Jones added a solo home run in the seventh - his eighth
- as the Braves, who had lost five of seven and two straight,
increased their NL East lead to three games over the idle
It was the start of a seven-game homestand for the Braves who
will play 13 of their next 16 games at home where they own the best
record in the majors at 35-13.
The Mets lost their second straight and 10th in 14, and have won
only six of their last 23 games.
Hudson (12-5) allowed six hits and one run.