FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) --
's fortunes changed with the season.
Hampton pitched effectively into the seventh and J.D. Drew homered to extend his hitting streak to 21 games as the
completed a rain-shortened two-game sweep of the
New York Mets
with a 4-3 victory.
A member of the Mets' 2000 National League championship team, Hampton was pounded by New York in two April starts, allowing 13 runs in 6 2/3 innings. The veteran lefthander had just one win through June 18, but is 5-1 over his last six starts, including wins in all four outings this month.
"Hammy's starting to get on a role again, just like last year," Braves manager
said. "He's not giving up the cheap hits which sometimes happens to sinkerball pitchers. He's gotten away from those."
Hampton (6-8) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings while striking out two. He left after allowing a leadoff single to
in the seventh and was greeted to another chorus of boos from Shea Stadium fans.
"I sort of know what to expect coming here," said Hampton, who won nine straight games in July and August of last season. "I've never been one to put too much emphasis on what people say, unless you're talking about my mama."
relieved and allowed an RBI single to
, who had a career-high four hits.
started the eighth and
recorded the final four outs for his 20th save and second in as many days, striking out Reyes for the final out.
The Braves (52-45) have won 19 of their last 25 games and are a season-high seven games over .500.
The loss completed a 3-7 homestand for the Mets, who begin a 13-game road trip Monday in Montreal.
"We've had opportunities to manufacture things, but we haven't gotten the big hit. Then we shoot ourselves in the foot with a few errors," Cameron said. "We have to keep our concentration and come out ready to play."
(9-7) allowed four runs in seven innings, but only one of those runs were earned due to errors by third baseman
and shortstop Kaz Matsui.
The Braves went ahead 3-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by
. The base hit to center scored Drew, who walked and went to second when Matsui booted a ground ball by
. Drew homered in the seventh to give Atlanta a 4-2 cushion.
"I've just had good aggressive at-bats," said Drew, who has eight homers during the streak and has reached base in 39 straight games. "I'm not going to change anything."
Matsui tied the game at 2-2 in the third with an RBI single, but Hampton escaped further damage when third baseman
made a leaping catch of a line drive by
to end the inning.
An error by Wright contributed to a two-run second. Adam Laroche singled to center and Wright booted a ground ball by
to put runners on first and second. Thomas sacrificed before Hampton drove in a run with a groundout.
followed with an RBI double to left field.