First four-game sweep of New York since 1965

ATLANTA (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Javy Lopez's three-run homer keyed

an eight-run rally in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat

the New York Mets 11-8 Sunday to finish a four-game sweep.

Pinch-hitter Marcus Giles drove in the go-ahead run as Atlanta

got nine hits in the eighth to complete a stirring comeback.

Darren Bragg and Mark DeRosa each had RBI singles for the

Braves, who earned their first four-game sweep of the Mets since

moving to Atlanta in 1966.

The Braves, winners of five straight, are 13-1 since July 3 and

have the best record through 97 games, 65-32, in franchise history.

Atlanta's 1998 team went 64-32 before losing its 97th game.

The Mets, who traded All-Stars Roberto Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz

and Armando Benitez in the past three weeks, have dropped 10 of 11.

Lopez's fifth career pinch-hit homer was his 24th this year and

first since June 24 against Philadelphia.

New York reliever Edwin Almonte was handed an 8-3 lead to begin

the eighth, but he allowed consecutive singles to Vinny Castilla,

Henry Blanco and Bragg before manager Art Howe brought in Mike

Stanton (2-4).

Lopez hit Stanton's 2-0 pitch over the left-field fence to make

it 8-7. Rafael Furcal reached on a bunt single and advanced to

third when Stanton's wild throw to first went into right field for

an error. After DeRosa drove in Furcal to make it 8-8, Gary

Sheffield flied out before Andruw Jones' single moved DeRosa to


Giles, batting for pitcher Ray King (3-0), singled to left to

drive in DeRosa for a 9-8 lead. Castilla's fielder's choice made it

10-8 when second baseman Rey Sanchez booted the grounder for an

error that scored Jones.

Stanton was pulled for Pedro Feliciano, who allowed Blanco's RBI

single that ended the scoring. Stanton allowed five hits and five

runs in one-third of an inning.

John Smoltz pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.

The eighth-inning meltdown spoiled a solid start by New York's

Al Leiter, who came off the disabled list before the game.

Making his first start since going on the DL on July 7 with an

inflamed right knee, Leiter allowed three hits and two runs in five

innings. Two of his four walks were intentional, and the

left-hander struck out five.

Horacio Ramirez was chased with two outs in the fifth after the

Mets scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead. Bad fielding hurt the

rookie left-hander, who added to his trouble by fielding Leiter's

sacrifice bunt and pulling DeRosa off first with an errant throw

that loaded the bases with none out.

Jeff Duncan hit a two-run single, and Ty Wigginton added an RBI


Mets reliever David Weathers hit Robert Fick with a pitch to

force in a run in the sixth.

Jason Phillips made it 6-3 when he led off the eighth with his

sixth homer. New York added two more runs off Jung Bong on Jose

Reyes' RBI single and Duncan's bases-loaded walk.

Leiter led 2-0 in the fourth before allowing Castilla's

sacrifice fly and Blanco's RBI double.

Reyes hit a two-run double in the third.Game notes
Mets 1B Tony Clark, who struck out in all four at-bats

Saturday, went 2-for-3 with three runs. ... New York sent infielder

Jorge Velandia back to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Leiter.