NL East Roundup

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

N.Y. Mets 11, Atlanta 1
Jose Reyes hit two triples and drove in four runs, and Oliver Perez tossed seven strong innings to lead the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 11-1 Friday night.

The Mets are 4-0 for the first time since 1985, when they opened the season with five straight wins for their best start ever. New York can match that start by beating the Braves on Saturday.

The Mets won their first four games, including three against St. Louis, by a combined margin of 31-3. They scored six runs in the eighth against the Braves to turn the game into a rout.

Atlanta suffered its first loss after sweeping three games at Philadelphia.

Perez (1-0) continued the Mets' season-opening string of terrific starting pitching. He gave up only five hits and one run and did not walk a batter. He struck out six.

Perez gave up Jeff Francoeur's first homer to lead off the fourth inning but otherwise wasn't threatened.

Perez, 0-7 in road games for the Pirates and Mets last season, won on the road for the first time since Sept. 24, 2005, when he earned the victory for Pittsburgh in an 8-3 win at Los Angeles.

Perez was 3-13 with a 6.58 ERA for the Mets and Pirates last season. The left-hander won the No. 4 spot in the New York rotation by posting a 2-3 spring record with a 3.51 ERA.

Reyes led the majors in triples with 17 each of the last two seasons. He led off the game with his first triple to center off Mark Redman, and scored on Paul Lo Duca's fly ball to left field.

Redman (0-1) made his first start for Atlanta after signing with the team in spring training. He gave up nine hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings.

David Wright doubled and scored on Shawn Green's one-out single in the sixth, and Reyes added a two-run triple. Reyes and Carlos Delgado had two-run singles in the eighth as the Mets took an 11-1 lead.

Reyes hit two triples in a game for the third time in his career and the first time since May 26, 2005, against Florida.

Philadelphia 8, Florida 2
Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins homered to support Jamie Moyer in Philadelphia's first win of the season, an 8-2 pounding of Florida.

Burrell hit a three-run blast and an RBI single as the Phillies bounced back from a three-game sweep by Atlanta. Rollins belted a two-run shot for the Phils, who scored four unearned runs thanks to two Marlins errors.

Moyer limited the Marlins to two runs and seven hits over six and two-thirds to get the win. He outpitched loser Sergio Mitre, who was tagged for five runs, one earned, and six hits in five frames.

Hanley Ramirez homered for the Marlins, who are 0-2 since winning their first two games.

Arizona 7, Washington 1
Micah Owings and Chris Young were the stars in Arizona's 7-1 rout of Washington.

Owings allowed one hit over five shutout innings to earn the victory in his big league debut. Felipe Lopez had the lone hit off Owings, a single with two outs in the third.

He was supported by Young, who homered and had four RBIs in the Diamondbacks' second straight win.

Losing pitcher Jerome Williams retired the first ten batters he faced before faltering. He surrendered four earned runs and six hits in six innings.

The Nationals have trailed by at least four runs in each of their first five games, going 1-4 to open the season.


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