Davies helps Braves complete sweep of Mets
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After taming the world champion
Boston Red Sox
in his major league debut,
was just as impressive against the
New York Mets
Davies tossed 5 1/3 effective innings and the
took advantage of a defensive miscue to complete a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 3-0 victory.
Summoned from Class AAA Richmond when righthander
was placed on the disabled list Saturday, Davies showed no signs of jitters, holding Boston scoreless in five innings en route to his first career win.
"I've always wanted to pitch for the Braves," said Davies, a Georgia native. "It's exciting. I grew up dreaming about that. I couldn't be more thrilled."
In this one, Davies (2-0) was just as solid, striking out four of the first six batters he faced before fanning two with runners on the corners and one out in the fourth. The 21-year-old righthander allowed four hits and one walk before being chased by
's one-out triple in the sixth.
) called a great game," Davies said. "I just tried to hit the mitt. I thought I had a really good changeup tonight. The toughest pitch to throw was the first strike."
"I thought he threw pretty well," said New York's
, who struck out twice against Davies. "He's got a good arm. He seems like a good kid."
was more impressed with Davies in this one than in his debut.
"I think Davies was better than in Boston," Cox said. "He almost had no problems all night long. I thought he was just outstanding. He pitched a heckuva ballgame."
came on to strike out
and induce a groundout by Piazza, keeping the Mets off the scoreboard.
Pitching in front of nearly 200 family members and friends, Davies left the field to a standing ovation.
"It was exciting," he said. "It was pretty surreal coming to Atlanta, especially the first game here was emotional. I was thinking, 'Man, this happened pretty quick.' It was awesome."
Davies was staked to a 3-0 lead in the fifth, when
drew a leadoff walk and
followed with a comebacker to Zambrano, whose throw to third base sailed into left field, allowing Estrada and Langerhans to score.
"I thought I had a chance to make the throw at third," Zambrano said. "I thought we had a chance to make the out."
"I think (second base) would have been a better play for him," Piazza said. "It's tough when you're not scoring runs and air mail a ball to third base and they score runs."
Following a sacrifice by Davies,
delivered an RBI single for the final margin.
worked a scoreless seventh and
struck out two in two perfect innings for his first save.
Zambrano (2-5) was reached for all three runs - one earned - four hits and three walks in six innings for the Mets, who were swept for the eighth time in 24 series at Turner Field.
"I don't know the whole history," said New York's
, who had two of the Mets' eight hits. "But I don't think this place has been kind to the Mets for a while. It's a tough place to play. They play tough baseball, they play good baseball and they find ways to win."
went 3-for-4 with a career-high three stolen bases for Atlanta, which won its eighth straight home game.
The Mets, who also were blanked on Tuesday, had runners on first and second with none out in the first, but Davies caught Zambrano's bunt before it hit the ground and induced an inning-ending double play by
In the seventh, New York loaded the bases with one out, but Reyes again grounded into a double play to end the threat.
"We're just going out of the strike zone a little bit," Piazza said. "When you see Jose ground into two double plays, it's indicative."