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Green Homers Twice as Mets Sweep Braves

September 07, 2006|From the Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves played a doubleheader Wednesday that resembled the NL East race.

It was no contest.

Shawn Green broke out of his slump with a huge day at the plate, Oliver Perez (3-11) pitched his second career shutout for his first win since May, and New York completed a doubleheader sweep with an 8-0 rout of Atlanta.

Carlos Delgado hit a tiebreaking homer in the opener, and the Mets got another fine effort on the mound from Dave Williams (5-3) in a 4-1 victory.

Green homered late in that one, then connected again in the nightcap. He finished the day six for eight with four runs scored and three RBIs.

Acquired Aug. 22 from Arizona, Green came in batting .179 with five RBIs in 39 at-bats as a Met.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "If you could pick one lineup in baseball to hit in, this would be it. It's got everything."

Jose Reyes hit the first pitch he saw in the second game for his sixth leadoff homer of the season, setting a Mets record.

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