Monday, April 17, 2006

One aspect of that Mets win I didn't mention

Pedro wins 200th as Mets beat Braves
Martinez fans eight, bullpen closes the door
By Marty Noble /

NEW YORK -- The 200th victory in the career of Pedro Martinez has been something of an inevitability for some time now. The Mets' presence in first place and standing five games ahead of the Braves -- at any point in a season, much less after merely 12 games -- was, at the very least, unexpected.

And now each has happened. The unexpected and the inevitable forged a relationship Monday night at Shea Stadium when Martinez emerged from the Mets' rousing 4-3 victory against the Braves as a winning pitcher for the 200th time in his three-Cy Young Award career.

With Martinez pitching 6 2/3 innings and Xavier Nady and Carlos Delgado hitting home runs, the Mets won for the 10th time in 12 games this season and pushed the perennial division champions three games below .500 and five games behind them.

Martinez (3-0) became the 102nd pitcher to reach 200 victories in big-league history despite a modest performance in which he allowed six hits -- one a home run by Andruw Jones -- and three runs. He walked two and struck out eight.