NEW YORK (AP) -- Gary Sheffield doubled twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the New York Mets battered Derek Lowe, rebounding from an early deficit for a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Luis Castillo also had two hits and two RBIs during the big outburst off Lowe (12-8), who squandered a 4-0 lead against New York's injury-depleted lineup. The Mets pounded out 10 hits in the fourth, setting a franchise record for one inning.
All that offense came in support of Oliver Perez (3-3), who won for the first time in seven starts since July 8 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The erratic lefty gave up a three-run homer to Matt Diaz and a solo shot to Adam LaRoche, but walked only one in five innings.
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