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Mets Drop Another To Braves, Fall Five Games Back In NL East

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Hudson's RBI double punctuated a four-run fifth inning that propelled the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 win over the New York Mets.

Hudson (9-4) was masterful on the mound, limiting New York to four hits in seven innings of work.

Omar Infante collected three hits and drove in a run for the National League East-leading Braves, who are five games ahead of the second-place Mets.

The Mets have dropped three in a row at Citi Field for the first time this season.

New York's Mike Pelfrey (10-4) escaped a bases-loaded jam in both the second and fourth innings but couldn't make it out of the fifth for a third straight start.

Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones, who was scratched from Friday's series opener due to back spasms, led off the fifth with a single. A base hit by Brian McCann put runners on the corners for Troy Glaus, who stroked a single to left field to drive in Jones for a 1-0 lead.

After a single from Eric Hinske loaded the bases, Infante grounded the ball up the middle to score McCann. Elmer Dessens replaced Pelfrey and induced a double-play grounder from Yunel Escobar. Glaus scored on the play to make it 3-0. Hudson then doubled over the head of right fielder Jeff Francoeur to bring in Hinske.

Hudson's double was the first extra-base hit of the game for the Braves, who recorded 12 hits off Pelfrey -- all singles.

Braves reliever Jonny Venters tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and former Met Billy Wagner closed the door in the ninth.

Pelfrey tied a career high for hits allowed...Injured Braves right fielder Jason Heyward doesn't expect to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game. The talented rookie was voted as a starter by the fans but is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb ailment. He has not played since June 26...New York shortstop Jose Reyes departed in the top of the seventh inning after he aggravated a pre-existing injury. Reyes had been attempting to play through a sore left side that limited the switch hitter to batting from the right side. He was replaced in the field by Ruben Tejada...The Mets were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position...Angel Pagan had three of New York's four hits.