Mets fall to Braves

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Mets
The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning to grab a 3-2 lead. The bats typically fell asleep after that, and the pitching couldn't hold the Braves down in a 5-3 loss.

The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning to grab a 3-2 lead. The bats typically fell asleep after that, and the pitching couldn't hold the Braves down in a 5-3 loss.

The Mets started the second half of the season in uninspiring fashion, falling 5-3 at Turner Field to the Braves on Thursday night. The Braves struck first in the second when Yunel Escobar and Garret Anderson each homered off Oliver Perez, who actually was fairly decent in his six innings of work.
After going hitless through the first three innings against Derek Lowe, New York struck for three runs in the fourth, when Luis Castillo and David Wright singled to get things started. Gary Sheffield singled home a run, Jeff Francoeur drove one in with an infield roller and Daniel Murphy gave New York the lead with an RBI double.
The Braves tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Matt Diaz ripped a two-out RBI double off Perez. This was perplexing because Diaz owns lefties and Perez pitches much better against lefty hitters (the lefty swinging Casey Kotchman was on deck). He fell behind Diaz 3-0 and yet the Mets still pitched to Diaz and paid for it. Still, Perez showed some positive signs, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings. The Mets’ pen was pretty bad tonight, giving up runs in the seventh and eighth to break the tie. New York managed just one hit off Manny Acosta, Peter Moylan and Rafael Soriano. The Mets are now 42-46 and a season-worst 7 1/2 games out of first. In other words, not a good place to be.

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