NEW YORK (AP) -
was mobbed after his winning hit found the grass in left field Thursday night. As
crossed the plate with an exuberant belly first slide, the
New York Mets
poured out of the dugout to celebrate in the Shea Stadium infield.
The centerpiece of the Mets' resurgence this season was front and center again.
Delgado singled in the winning run in the ninth inning and tied a career high with five hits, sending New York to a 5-4 victory
that completed a three-game sweep.
''We continue to put ourselves in position day in and day out to win games,'' Mets manager
said. ''We have a good team. We have good chemistry. A lot of things are really working in our favor right now.''
After a painfully slow start, Delgado has 49 RBIs in his last 48 games and is batting .321 with 12 homers since July 1. Powered
by the slugging first baseman, New York is 31-15 in its last 46 games.
''I'm seeing the ball well,'' Delgado said. ''It was a big win for us. We're really confident. We've been able to find a way
to win ballgames. That is something we weren't doing early in the year.''
Wright hit a one-out double off
was intentionally walked before Delgado hit a sharp liner to left.
slipped as he tried to track down the drive, and the ball glanced off his glove.
''Right in the lights,'' Braves manager
said. ''Double play, we'd get Wright at second, too. He had taken off, he was halfway home. Can't fault him. I mean ball gets
in the lights, you can't see it.''
Wright, who briefly stopped before third when he thought Infante might haul it in, recovered in time to lay out for a victorious
slide across the plate.
''I just kind of dove for it,'' Wright said. ''I couldn't get to home plate soon enough.''
Wright hit his 25th homer and finished with three hits for New York, which has won three straight and nine of 10. The Mets
increased their NL East lead to 2 1/2 games over Philadelphia, which lost 4-3 to Washington.
It was New York's first three-game sweep of Atlanta at home since Sept. 1-3, 2003.
''We're playing extremely good baseball coming down the stretch,'' Manuel said. ''We just have to continue playing good baseball
and let things happen the way they have been happening.''
(2-8) pitched 1 1-3 shutout innings to earn his first win since he was acquired from the Nationals on Sunday.
went deep on
's first pitch, and
hit a two-run double for Atlanta, which has lost five straight. The stumbling Braves are 11-22 since the All-Star break and
have lost 27 straight one-run games on the road.
, the 2000 NLCS MVP with the Mets, pitched six strong innings in his first appearance against his former club since he got
the decision in an 8-1 loss at Shea on July 17, 2005. Hampton missed the previous two seasons due to elbow operations and
had his 2008 debut pushed back almost four months by other injuries.
''It was fun being out there,'' he said. ''I might have an opportunity to be out there one more time in September before this
place goes but it'll definitely hold a special place in my memories in my baseball career.''
Atlanta was leading 4-3 when Hampton departed, but the Mets rallied in the seventh. With runners on first and second and two
out, first baseman
fielded Delgado's grounder and made an errant throw to reliever
scored and Beltran advanced to third on the play but
to fly out to the warning track in left, ending the inning.
Prado made his first career start at first after
was scratched due to a jammed left shoulder.
''Lose a ball in the lights, it costs you a ballgame. A little flip to first base, costs you a ballgame,'' Cox said. ''Neither
one were easy plays.''
Martinez settled down after allowing a first-pitch homer for the second time in four starts. San Diego's
connected on the right-hander's first pitch Aug. 6, and Escobar did it for the Braves, hitting his third career leadoff shot.
Martinez retired 15 of the next 17 batters before Atlanta rallied for three runs in the sixth. McCann doubled into the right-field
corner to drive in Escobar and
, giving Atlanta a 4-3 lead. McCann scampered home when Infante's soft liner landed just out of the reach of Beltran in center.
Martinez allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one in seven-plus innings.
The Mets built a 3-1 lead behind Delgado and Wright.
Delgado hit two-out RBI singles in the first and third, and doubled against Hampton in the fifth. The slugger is 8-for-12
with three doubles and seven RBIs against the left-hander.
Wright went deep in the fifth against Hampton, who allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked one.
Notes: Delgado also had five hits for Toronto at Seattle on May 7, 1998. ... Braves LHP
underwent surgery on his left elbow and shoulder and is expected be ready for spring training.