Last Night the Mets dropped the series opener 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves. The Mets starter R.A. Dickey pitched well, until the 7th inning when Melky Cabrera and Omar Infante hit solo homers to give the Braves a two run lead that they would hold on to for a 4-2 win. Dickey finished with 6 2/3 innings giving up four earned runs and drops to 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA on the season. Tommy Hanson picked up the victory, his eight of the season, he threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs. The Braves bullpen shut the Mets out and Braves closer Billy Wagner got his 20th save of the year.
The Mets played rather sloppy baseball. Jose Reyes made a two out error that scored the Braves first run, on a Troy Glaus grounder. Jerry Manuel, who had been praising the Mets all season for doing the “little things” that help a club win, did not praise yesterdays performance. “We had a problem closing out innings,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “That’s what good teams do — they continue to try to score with two outs.”
The Mets play the Braves again today at 4:05 on FoX 5 with Mike Pelfrey taking on Tim Hudson.