Mets Getting Closer to Clinching

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Shawn Green hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the New York Mets tightened their grip on first place in the NL East by edging the Atlanta Braves 4-3. The Mets' magic number for clinching the NL East is 11.

Jose Reyes drove in one run and scored another as New York took two of three from Atlanta. The Braves fell nine and a-half games back of the Mets with 16 left.

Super sub Marlon Anderson homered off John Smoltz. John Maine stymied Atlanta again for six innings to help the Mets win for the 10th time in 12 games. They padded their division lead to seven games over second-place Philadelphia, which was routed by Colorado.

The Mets get their final day off of the regular season Thursday before the Phillies arrive at Shea Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday night.

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