ATLANTA (Ticker) -- On the 30th anniversary of
's record-breaking 715th home run, the
won another slugfest.
drove in a career-high four runs and
collected four hits as the Braves posted a 10-8 victory over the
New York Mets
in the rubber game of a season-opening three-game series.
After dropping the season opener, Atlanta scored 28 runs in taking the final two games. The Braves outslugged the Mets, 18-10, on Wednesday.
"Hank would have been a little more proud if somebody would have popped one out of the yard, but we got the win," Giles said.
Estrada contributed a two-run double in the fourth inning and capped a four-run sixth with a two-run single that gave Atlanta a 9-5 lead.
"It's kind of funny, everybody talking about we lost a lot of offense, but now we're pounding the ball," Estrada said.
Scheduled to make his National League debut, New York's
was scratched after suffering a strained left hamstring 11 minutes into his warmup session.
"I threw one pitch," Erickson said. "I heard it pop and knew not to throw another one. I've bounced back pretty quickly from these in the past."
filled in and gave up three runs and six hits in four-plus innings. But
surrendered two runs in the fifth and the Braves reached 43-year-old
(0-1) for four in the sixth.
Franco gave up an RBI single to Giles that snapped a 5-5 tie, walked
with the bases loaded and allowed the two-run single to Estrada.
"I hope they're all not this way," Braves manager
said. "We can't get any sleep if we're playing four-hour games. Our starting pitching is very good, but we didn't show it this series."
(1-0) got the win, despite giving up an RBI single to
in the sixth that forged a 5-5 deadlock.
"They took advantage of every error and opportunity we handed to them," said Mets center fielder
, who committed one of New York's three errors. "You can't give them four or five outs."
served up a solo homer to Cameron in the ninth but recorded his first save.