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Updated: Monday, September 13, 2004 9:06 PM EDT
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NY METS 9, ATLANTA 7 (1ST GAME)
 

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- Rookie Craig Brazell helped the Mets to a rare September victory and handed Jaret Wright a nearly equally infrequent defeat.

Pinch hitter Brazell delivered a two-run double and Mike Piazza hit a two-run homer as the Mets rallied for five runs in the sixth to defeat the Atlanta Braves 9-7, in the first game of a doubleheader.

Wilson Delgado and Richard Hidalgo also homered for the Mets, who won just the third time in their last 22 games.

"That was a big one," Mets manager Art Howe said of Brazell's hit. "We got some good pitching and some solid hitting."

Wright (14-7) was charged with all five runs in the sixth and lost for just the second time in his last 12 decisions.

"I didn't have my best stuff, the stuff that you'd like to have," Wright said.

Cliff Floyd singled to open the sixth and Piazza, who was just 5-for-40 since coming off the disabled list, homered the opposite way to right field. Rookies David Wright and Eric Valent singled to set the stage for Brazell, who lined a two-out double down the right field line to give the Mets a 5-4 lead.

"I was getting through it until the sixth," Wright said. "I left some pitches up that they could hit."

It was the first two major league RBI for Brazell, who was appearing in just his 11th game.

Mike Cameron capped the inning with an RBI single off Kevin Gryboski . Hidalgo hit a three-run homer off Travis Smith in the seventh to give the Mets a 9-5 lead.

The double by Brazell made a winner of Aaron Heilman (1-1), who allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. It marked just the fourth time in 15 career starts that the Mets' top draft pick in 2001 lasted at least six innings.

"It's always great to get a win," Heilman said. "I just have to continue to work on things."

J.D. Drew cut the Mets' lead to 6-5 with an RBI double off Ricky Bottalico in the top of the seventh before Mike Stanton got Johnny Estrada on a deep fly ball to right to end the inning.

Braden Looper , the fourth Mets reliever, recorded the final three outs, but allowed a two-run double to Chipper Jones .

Andruw Jones homered for the third straight game, belting a two-run shot in a four-run fourth.

Charles Thomas followed with a single and later scored on a triple to right-center by Rafael Furcal . Marcus Giles followed with an RBI double to left field to make it 4-1.

Delgado opened the scoring with a solo homer in the third. Giles had three hits for the Braves, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.


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