Braves win in ninth on error by Mets


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ATLANTA --- The Atlanta Braves struggled with the fundamentals in the ninth inning.

No worries. David Wright made the biggest blunder of all.

After failing twice to get down sacrifice bunts, Atlanta still beat the New York Mets 3-2 when Wright's throwing error allowed pinch-runner Brent Clevlen to trot home with the winning run Tuesday night.

Brian McCann opened the bottom of the ninth with a single off Pedro Feliciano (1-2), the Braves' first baserunner since the third inning. New York pitchers had retired 16 in a row until McCann reached and was replaced by Clevlen.

Yunel Escobar fouled off two attempts at a sacrifice bunt against Jenrry Mejia, but managed something even better -- a walk. Melky Cabrera fell into an 0-2 hole, fouling off two more bunt tries, then hit a high chopper toward Wright. The third baseman threw on the run, but the ball tailed into Cabrera and got by first baseman Ike Davis.

"When Melky got in the hole 0-2, he had to fight hard to get the ball in play," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said. "Fortunately, he hit the ball right where he wanted to get down the bunt."

Clevlen came in with the winning run while the ball rolled down the right-field line, making a winner of Billy Wagner (3-0) against his former team.

In addition to his throwing error, Wright struck out three times -- including in the top of the ninth with the potential go-ahead run at third and only one out.

"It's a tough, humbling game sometimes, and right now it is for me," he said. "It's tough, when somebody goes out there and is playing as poorly as I am right now and really costing us, both offensively and defensively."

Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer off Mets starter Johan Santana in the third, but New York tied it in the fifth with solo homers by Davis and Jeff Francoeur. Santana went seven strong innings, giving up only five hits, and retired his last 13 hitters.

Glaus has been one of Atlanta's hottest hitters in May -- batting .371 with four homers and 18 RBI -- after getting off to a rough start with his new team.

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b1 05/19/10 - 09:18 am
Any win over the muts is

Any win over the muts is awesome!

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