Hudson pitches 6 innings, Ankiel gets key hit

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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
Philadelphia Phillies.

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.