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04/11/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News: Mets, Pedro notch first win"
Pitching duel at Shea goes to Pedro, Smoltz left shaking his head
By Trent Harrison
It was a very windy afternoon at Shea stadium Sunday, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the weather. In one helluva match-up between pitchers Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, more flies got hit by bats then baseballs. Martinez( CG, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 9K) looked very comfortable in his new home, mixing up pitches for a blend any chef would be proud of. Smoltz(7 1/3 IP, 8H, 2ER) struck out fifteen in a much better outing than his first, he just couldn't get any love from his offense.
For the Mets, shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-5 on the day and Carlos Beltran is continuing to fit right in here, going 2-5 and adding his second homerun of the season. Cliff Floyd and third baseman David Wright also added their second homeruns of the season as well. Andrue Jones and Johnny Estrada were the lone Braves to get a hit off of Pedro.
The Mets will stay in Shea as the Astros come to town for their first visit of the season, while the Braves will go home to entertain the Washington Nationals for the next couple of days. Congratulations to skipper Willie Randolph in getting his first win of the season. I expect to see many more of those for him.