Originally created 05/26/05

Atlanta shuts out New York for sweep

ATLANTA - Apparently, the International League just didn't provide enough of a challenge for Kyle Davies.

Bring on the American and National leagues.

After scuffling in May at Class AAA Richmond, the 21-year-old has handled the jump to the majors just fine so far.

Atlanta's young right-hander continued to show why he's the organization's top pitching prospect, winning his second consecutive start as the Braves completed a sweep of the New York Mets, 3-0, before 33,250 fans at Turner Field.

Davies became the first Brave since Armando Reynoso in August 1991 to win his first two starts. He went 5q innings, didn't allow a run, walked only one and struck out six.

"He needs to go back to Richmond to get some work in," fellow starter Tim Hudson joked. "This is too easy."

In the sixth, Miguel Cairo hit a comebacker that struck Davies in the right side of his chest. An X-ray exam was negative.

Davies (2-0) tried to stay in to face Mike Cameron, but the Mets' center fielder roped a triple to the right-field gap. Braves manager Bobby Cox then came in to get the rookie after 91 pitches.

Cox brought in lefty John Foster, who left Cameron standing on third by striking out Cliff Floyd and getting Mike Piazza to ground out. Adam Bernero bailed Foster out of a two-on pinch in the seventh, and Chris Reitsma worked the final two innings for his first save of the year.

It took until Davies' final full inning for the Braves to get any support for him off Victor Zambrano (2-5).

Atlanta scored its first two runs off a Zambrano throwing error. He fielded a softly hit comebacker by Peter Orr, turned to throw to third and airmailed Wright badly.

By the time Floyd fielded the ball, Johnny Estrada and Ryan Langerhans, who was on first, scored.

Orr scored the team's third run after a Davies sacrifice bunt and a Rafael Furcal single.

Reach Travis Haney at travis.haney@morris.com.


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