September 3, 2003: Mets Complete Sweep of Braves

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Date: September 3, 2003
Mets starter: Steve Trachsel
Mets: 9
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: Steve Trachsel
Key player(s): Jorge Velandia, Timo Perez
Key play: Velandia's triple in 2nd

The Mets completed a three-game series with the Braves on a Wednesday afternoon. Aiming for a sweep of the National League East leaders, the Mets had Steve Trachsel on the mound at Shea Stadium. Trachsel allowed one run and five hits over eight innings and the Mets trounced Atlanta, 9-3.

In the first inning, Roger Cedeno led off with a single and went to second base on an error by Braves' left fielder Chipper Jones. Cedeno advanced to third on Danny Garcia's sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Timo Perez. Atlanta then tied the game on Jones' home run off Trachsel in the top of the second.

Ty Wigginton reached first base on third baseman Vinny Castilla's error to lead off the bottom of the second. Raul Gonzalez drew a walk and Atlanta pitcher Russ Ortiz threw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Ortiz struck out Vance Wilson, but Jorge Velandia followed with a two-run triple that put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Velandia later scored on Cedeno's single for another Met run.

Trachsel shut down the Braves in the third and fourth innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Steve himself singled to score Gonzalez with the Mets' fifth run of the game. Perez's home run in the fifth increased the Mets' lead to 6-1. Ortiz was removed for a pinch-hitter when Atlanta came to bat in the top of the sixth.

After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the eighth. Wilson and Velandia led off the inning with back-to-back doubles to score a run. Following an out, Jeff Duncan singled to bring home Velandia and went to second on the throw home. Duncan then moved to third on reliever Jason Marquis's wild pitch and scored on Garcia's sacrifice fly to make it a 9-1 lead for the Mets.

For New York, Orber Moreno came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning. Moreno issued a leadoff walk, but got Ryan Langerhans to hit into a double play. He then allowed a single, followed by a two-run homer to Javy Lopez. Orber got Robert Fick on a ground ball for the final out of the game. The Mets had a three-game sweep of the Eastern Division's first place team.