Dickey Brilliant in 6-4 Win Over Braves But Bullpen Makes It Interesting In 9th

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Mets 6, Braves 4: Bullpen Shaky In 9th But Dickey's Stellar Start, Win Preserved

The New York Mets tried their best to make things interesting tonight. With a 6-0 lead achieved in the fifth inning, the Mets allowed what seemed like an insignificant run in the seventh inning -- that is, until they allowed three more in the ninth to make it just a 6-4 advantage. Luckily for them, Francisco Rodriguez was able to find his groove after giving up a three-run homer, and slammed the door,  giving the Mets a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, their first series win since mid-May.

On national television, Jose Reyes shined, showing just why New York should do everything in its power to keep him in blue and orange. Reyes went 2-for-4 with two runs, a walk and an RBI. He's now .337/.386/.506 on the year and deserved to show just how dynamic of a player he is with a good game in front a such a large audience.

Another player who is really beginning to show his 2010 season was no joke is R.A. Dickey, who dazzled for eight innings tonight, allowing only four hits and one run while striking out three. The knuckleballer has really been a bright spot for this team for just over a year now. It's truly fun to watch and it really couldn't happen to a more sincere guy. He's been a nice find for a team that needs these darkhorse players to emerge to be successful. 

The Mets' bullpen, namely Manny Acosta, tried its best to blow Dickey's chance for a win. Acosta allowed a hit and a walk (and got Brian McCann to fly out in between) before being pulled for Rodriguez. However, pinch-hitter Diory Hernandez slugged the fifth pitch he saw in a 3-1 count into the the left-field bleachers. K-Rod would get the next two guys to strikeout, however, to end the rest of Atlanta's ninth-inning threat.

In addition to Reyes' good day at the plate, Daniel Murphy had two hits and a walk, while Justin Turner continued his solid rookie campaign with his 24th RBI and Carlos Beltran had an RBI (and left the game with a bruised shin, but it is not considered serious). Ruben Tejada also had a hit and an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.

New York is off tomorrow before a series at Milwaukee begins on Tuesday.


Final - 6.5.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 6 0
New York Mets 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 X 6 10 0
WP: R.A. Dickey (3 - 6)
LP: Tim Hudson (4 - 5)

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Mets 5, Braves 0: Gee Stays Perfect As Mets Break Out In Seventh

Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets flipped the switched and reversed their late-inning fortunes. And it was definitely worth it as Dillon Gee was tremendous in a pitchers’ duel between he and Jair Jurrjens. Neither allowed a run until the seventh inning — and the opposing starter was the one who did, as the Mets put five on the board to essentially take all the life out of the Braves in this one, en route to a 5-0 victory.

Gee’s record improved to 6-0 on the season and the Mets stayed unbeaten in every single game he’s started this year. He was simply excellent. Never overpowering, but always in control and able to wiggle out of any trouble he faced. Gee threw seven innings and allowed just four hits and two walks and struckout two. Gee is now 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his 13 career major league starts.

The Mets broke out in the seventh inning with one out when Jason Bay reached safely on an Alex Gonzalez error. Josh Thole doubled and Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch, and Jason Pridie was sent to bat for Dillon Gee and dropped a single into right field. Jurrjens was then taken out and replaced with Scott Proctor. With the bases loaded, Reyes socked a ball into right field, for his major league-leading 10th triple of the season, clearing the bases. Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing home Reyes, and the 0-0 tie became a 5-0 Mets heading into the eighth inning.

Even better news was that the bullpen did its job — Pedro Beato for 1 1/3 innings and Tim Byrdak for two batters.

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Braves 6, Mets 3: Mets Set Record For Consecutive Home Losses When Leading After Seven Innings

There are two themes to tonight's latest New York Mets loss -- new and innovative ways to blow leads and continued futility in the later innings. The Mets grabbed a 3-1 lead against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning. That advantage became nullified in the eighth inning, then all hopes were lost in the ninth as the Mets ultimately lost 6-3.

No team has ever lost six straight games at home when they held a lead in the seventh inning or later. But the Mets have, setting a new record.

It's a shame the Amazin's blew this one. Jon Niese was spectacular on the mound, tossing 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and striking out seven. Instead of what seemed like an easy win, he gets the no decision.

Jason Isringhausen came in to relieve Niese, but walked the first guy he faced, then threw a wild pitch and induced an easy ground ball to Jose Reyes at short. On a play that Reyes makes 99 times out of 100, he stabbed at the ball to his left and missed it, bringing the tying run home.

Shutdown set-up man Jonny Venters allowed a measly single and struckout two in the bottom of the eighth, so the Mets weren't able to scratch a run across.

Francisco Rodriguez came in for the ninth inning, with a tied game, and promptly got battered around. He allowed a home run to Eric Hinske, and later a two-out, two-run Freddie Freeman double to put the game out of reach for the Mets against a nearly unstoppable closer in Craig Kimbrel. To add insult to injury, Hinske was only in the game because Jordan Schafer bunted a ball that hit his face in the fifth inning.


Final - 6.3.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 11 1
New York Mets 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
WP: Jonny Venters (4 - 0)
SV: Craig Kimbrel (17)
LP: Francisco Rodriguez (1 - 2)

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