Bob Horner's three-run home run in the first game and Rafael Ramirez's squeeze-bunt RBI single in the second game helped Atlanta beat the New York Mets, 6-3 and 5-3, yesterday to build the Braves' home record this season to 9-0 and the Mets' road log to 0-8.
Horner hit his fifth homer of the year, for an eighth-inning insurance run after Ramirez's tie-breaking bunt in the seventh inning of the late game. Rick Camp (3-0) pitched 8 2/3 innings to win the opener, giving up six hits including home run No. 332 of Dave Kingman's career; he passed Hank Greenberg and tied Bobby Bonds for 38th on the all-time list.
The Mets had rallied to 3-3 in the second game after Dale Murphy's two-run homer sent the Braves ahead by three. Bruce Benedict singled in the home seventh and pinch runner Brett Butler went to third as second baseman Brian Giles muffed winning reliever Steve Bedrosian's grounder. Butler raced home when Ramirez placed the ball safely inside the third base line.
Horner--who had a three-run homer rained out Saturday night--broke a 2-2 tie with his three-run shot in the sixth inning of the opener.
Horner is unbothered that the fence in Atlanta Stadium was heightened four feet this season (to 10 feet). "Raising that fence might hurt the guys who don't usually hit many home runs, but not those of us who do," said Horner, who hit 32 in 1982.
Manager Joe Torre said of Ramirez's hit, "It was a safety squeeze . . . If you find other ways to win than the long ball, it's security."