Delgado's Two Homers Lift Mets Over Braves

Atlanta's John Smoltz has first rough outing of the season in defeat
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 5:53 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves' John Smoltz delivers a pitch in the second inning against the New York Mets in their National League baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 27, 2008.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Carlos Delgado turned boos into a standing ovation with his first two-homer game in almost a year, leading the New York Mets to a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The Mets knocked out John Smoltz after four innings in his first shaky outing of the season and got a three-hit game from backup catcher Raul Casanova.

Delgado came into the game in a 3-for-34 slump and hadn't homered since April 8. After he hit his first solo homer in the third, "Don't Stop Believin'" blared over the public address system. Smoltz (3-2) came in having allowed just two runs in four games. He gave up more than that in the first 1 1-3 innings Sunday.