Not only did right-hander Kyle Davies (2-2, 4.47 ERA) pitch eight strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the division rival New York Mets, he also swung a big bat.
The .096 career hitter drove in a 3-1 fastball to straight-away center in the sixth off Aaron Sele to add three more runs to Atlanta's total. He's pretty much been an all-or-nothing type hitter too, going 1-for-23 in 2006 - his only hit being a homer - and snapped an 0-for-13 start to this season. He allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two.
This victory brings the Braves within 1.5 games of the division leading Mets, beating them for the fifth time in seven meetings by roughing up one of their former starters. Righty Jorge Sosa (3-1, 3.75 ERA) gave up six hits, walked three and was charged with five runs during his four-inning outing. Sosa went 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA for the Braves in 2005 but was dumped the following year.
The Braves saw back-to-back doubles by Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur in the second before Andruw Jones made it 2-0 with a run-scoring single. Scott Thorman then hit a 1-2 pitch deep into the right-field stands in the fourth.
The next inning, Sosa walked two around a double by Kelly Johnson to load the bases with no outs. Chipper Jones hit a sacrifice fly and McCann made it 4-0 with a single to center.
The Mets scored their lone run in the fifth when Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca led off with a pair of singles before Green scored on an infield force.
In other Braves news, lefty Mark Redman was released after going 0-4 with an 11.63 ERA in 5 starts and 1 relief appearance, walking eleven batters in only 21.2 innings pitched. He will likely be replaced by a minor leauger in the fifth slot.