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Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:41 AM EDT



  R H E  
Mets 6 11 2 WP: Ramirez (3-3)
LP: Ishii (0-3)
S: Kolb (11)  
Braves 8 8 1
Furcal, Giles keep Mets struggling at Turner Field

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After a tough 12-game road trip, the Atlanta Braves were due some breaks against the New York Mets at Turner Field.

Rafael Furcal delivered a three-run triple and Marcus Giles blasted a three-run homer as the Braves posted an 8-6 triumph over the Mets.

Atlanta had lost five of its last six contests coming into this series, but once again proved to be too much for New York at home. The Braves improved to 46-20 all-time against the Mets at Turner Field, including three of four games this season.

New York trailed, 7-5, with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning when Doug Mientkiewicz hit a potential double-play grounder to second. After a forceout was recorded at second base, pitcher Chris Reitsma mishandled the throw from shortstop Furcal, apparently allowing two runs to score.

However, second base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that David Wright interfered with Furcal by sliding too far out of the baseline, ending the inning. Wright, who homered and drove in three runs, was ejected for throwing his helmet after the play.

"Wright intentionally interfered with the second baseman in the act of turning a double play," Nelson told a pool reporter after the game. "It was an intentional act on his part and it's automatic that the batter-runner is called out on the back end of that play, since it's intentional."

"Obviously, we have differing opinions," Wright said. "The umpire made the call. Even after I watched the replay, it's a tough time to make that call, but he made that call and you have to respect it."

The Mets trailed 8-5 heading into the ninth, when Chris Woodward led off the frame with a home run against Dan Kolb , who had recently lost his closer's role due to his ninth-inning troubles.

"I don't know. I think I got a curse or something," said Kolb, who has scattered five runs and 10 hits in his last six relief appearances. "I've got to find a horseshoe."

Following two strikeouts, Jose Reyes tripled to left-center field and Kolb issued a walk to Miguel Cairo . After Cairo stole second, Mike Cameron , who already had three hits including a solo homer, struck out on a 3-2 pitch. It was Kolb's 11th save of the campaign.

One pitch earlier, Cameron headed towards first base, mistakenly believing that it was ball four.

"I was like wait a second, 'if he goes to first, I'm really going to be digging for a horseshoe because I knew it was ball three,'" Kolb said.

New York jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Wright homered in the second, his eighth. However, the Mets only lead of the game was short lived.

Atlanta starter Horacio Ramirez (3-3) drew a walk from New York starter Kazuhisa Ishii with the bases loaded in the second, tying the game, 1-1. Furcal then snapped a 4-for-46 slump with a triple to right-center field.

"I think that made me feel better," Furcal said. "I've been struggling for a while. It helped my team. That's what we needed."

The Mets cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fourth, but Giles answered with a three-run shot against Ishii (0-3) in the home half of the frame.

"Just to be able to take a pitch down and over the plate and hit it the way I'm supposed to hit it is comforting," said Giles, who homered for the first time since April 22.

Ishii allowed seven runs and seven hits in four innings.

"As a pitcher, when it's that kind of game, you can't give up that big inning," Ishii said through a translator. "I feel bad it came out the way it did."

Ramirez allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings to give Atlanta their sixth consecutive victory at Turner Field.

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