ATLANTA (Ticker) --
paid immediate dividends for the
again served as a punching bag for them.
Acquired from the
Los Angeles Dodgers
before Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline, Martin stranded the potential tying run at third base in the seventh inning and the Braves held on for a 6-5 victory over the
New York Mets
"The way I look at it, a hold for me is my save," said Martin, who arrived in Atlanta at 5:30 a.m. EDT after taking a late flight from the West Coast. "I did my job if I got the ball to the next guy without giving up any runs."
Atlanta scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the fifth against Glavine (8-9), who slipped to 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA (31 runs in 31 innings) in six career appearances against his former team. Glavine won 242 games in 16 years with the Braves before signing with the Mets as a free agent in December 2002.
"Glavine's successful the way he pitches," Braves second baseman
said. "The only advantage we have on him is we know his tendencies."
drove in four of the runs with an RBI single in the first and a three-run homer in the fifth. Jones is 7-for-15 with three homers against Glavine.
After surging into first place in the National League East with a 20-6 record in July, Atlanta extended its winning streak to five games and completed a three-game sweep of the Mets.
Winners of 12 straight division titles, the Braves appear headed for another under general manager John Schuerholz and manager
. While high-profile players like
got dealt before the deadline, Schuerholz flew under the radar and quietly obtained Martin to fill the team's need for a lefthanded reliever.
In 47 games with Los Angeles this season, Martin posted an 0-1 record with one save and a 4.13 ERA.
Cox wasted no time putting him on the spot. After the Mets rallied from a 6-0 deficit to pull within 6-5, Martin relieved
with a runner on third and one out in the seventh and retired pinch-hitter
on a shallow fly to right and
on a flyout to center.
"He (Martin) did a great job," Cox said. "He probably saved the ballgame right there. All good sinkers. He probably won us the ballgame."
pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in nine days and 25th save in 27 opportunities.
(3-3) retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced through five hitless innings and appeared to be coasting along with a 6-0 lead. But rookie
led off the sixth with his second homer and
hit a three-run homer later in the inning for New York.
"I was just trying to do something positive," Floyd said. "It was definitely a better effort than yesterday, but still the same result."
led off the seventh inning with a homer off
to pull the Mets within 6-5. Cameron singled with one out in the ninth off Smoltz and stole second. But Smoltz struck out
and Wright to end the game.
"Unfortunately, we had an opportunity at the end and let it slip away," Cameron said. "The way these guys are going, it's going to be tough to catch them."
The Mets concluded a 24-game swing against National League East teams with an 8-16 record to slip nine games behind Atlanta.