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CHIPPER CHOPS UP METS

On the night when the Atlanta Braves made a lot of noise off the field, Chipper Jones and his teammates did plenty of damage on the diamond.

While the Braves traded away Shea Stadium nemesis John Rocker, Jones reprised his role as a Met-killer by homering and driving in three runs Friday night for a 10-1 victory over New York.

Odalis Perez (5-5) limited the Mets to one run in 6 2/3 innings, giving the Braves only their fourth victory in 11 games.

"I didn't hear about the trade until after I came out," Perez said. "I was surprised when I found out."

The Mets lost their second in a row following a season-high four-game winning streak. They looked sloppy in making three errors and a few other misplays.

In a show of frustration, New York reliever Turk Wendell heaved his glove into the crowd after Atlanta's five-run eighth.

"I stunk two nights in a row," Wendell said. "I don't enjoy getting my butt beat in."

B.J. Surhoff homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Braves.

"We got a lot of bleeders and bloopers and head-knockers," Braves manager Bobby Cox. "You go a week and don't get anything, and then everything comes tonight."

While some fans in the crowd of 40,129 chanted "We want Rocker!" the volatile Atlanta reliever was nowhere to be seen - at least not in the bullpen.

Instead, the Braves completed a trade to send Rocker to Cleveland.

Jones hit a two-run single in the first inning off Rick Reed (7-3), then lined his 19th home run of the season in the sixth.

Jones is a career .357 hitter (105 for 294) against Mets. He has 22 home runs and 66 RBIs against the team that Atlanta has beaten out for the division title the last three years.

Darryl Hamilton homered in the first for the Mets in the first.

"After that, I was able to keep the ball down," Perez said.

Marlins on the move

MIAMI - Ryan Dempster struck out nine in eight innings as the Florida Marlins won the opener of their showdown with the first-place Philadelphia Phillies, 8-1.

The Marlins, who lost their first five games against the Phillies this season, moved within 3 1/2 games of first place in the NL East with their seventh win in eight games.

"It's a nice feeling to come to the ballpark knowing you have a chance to soon play for first place," Marlins left fielder Cliff Floyd said. "We knew coming in how big this series is."

Dempster (8-7) allowed one run and seven hits to win for the fifth time in six starts.

Around the horn

Mark McGwire hit a two-run homer and St. Louis pitched around Barry Bonds but the Giants still beat the Cardinals, 10-5. Bonds was 0 for 2 with three walks, one intentional. Armando Rios hit his third career grand slam in a six-run fourth for San Francisco. . . . Tony Armas won his sixth consecutive decision and Vladimir Guerrero hit a three-run homer as the Expos beat the Pirates, 11-5. . . . James Mouton hit an RBI single in the ninth inning, giving the Brewers a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. It ended Chicago's 13-game winning streak at Wrigley Field. . . . Sean Casey and Aaron Boone had RBI hits in the top of the 10th inning as the Reds nipped the Astros, 7-5. . . . Tony Womack's two-out RBI double drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies, 5-4. The Rockies tied the game in the ninth on Larry Walker's solo homer.

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