The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves by the score of 4-2 on Monday afternoon. The game was played at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and pitched three good innings. Jeurys Familia and Bobby Parnell also pitched well. Marlon Byrd had a hit and a couple of RBI.
Hefner pitched three innings giving up three hits and a run with two strikeouts. Rafael Montero pitched two innings giving up three hits and a run with a strikeout, Familia pitched an inning giving up a walk and Darin Gorski pitched one inning giving up three hits and a run with two strikeouts. Gorski took the loss, Josh Edgin pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout and Parnell pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one.
Matthew den Dekker had a hit, Colin Cowgill had a hit and Ike Davis had a hit. Byrd had a hit and two RBI, Mike Baxter had a hit and Travis d’Arnaud had a hit. Anthony Recker had a hit and Justin Turner had a hit, Davis and d’Arnaud each hit a double. The Mets were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Dekker had a stolen base, Cowgill and Turner were each caught stealing. Tovar committed an error and Duda had an outfield assist.
Tim Hudson started for the Braves and pitched four innings giving up six hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out two. Luis Avilan pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts, David Carpenter got the win pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts and David Hale pitched two innings giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout. Alex Wood picked up the save pitching an inning giving up a hit, walking and striking out a batter.
Justin Upton had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Evan Gattis had a hit and Joey Terdoslavich had a hit. Juan Francisco had a hit, Joe Leonard had an RBI and Chris Johnson had three hits and an RBI. Blake DeWitt had two hits, Tyler Pastornicky had two hits and an RBI. DeWitt hit a double, Upton and Johnson each hit a homerun. The Braves were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Kazmar had a stolen base and Pastornicky was caught stealing. DeWitt committed an error and Pagnozzi had a passed ball.
In the first Upton hit a solo homerun to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. Byrd hit an RBI single in the first to tie the game at one. Byrd hit a sacrifice fly in the third to give the Mets a 2-1 lead and in the fifth the Braves tied it at two. Pastornicky hit an RBI single, Johnson hit a solo homerun in the seventh to give the Braves a 3-2 lead and they completed the scoring with a run in the eighth. Leonard hit an RBI groundout. The Mets record dropped to 2-5 and the Braves are now 5-6. The Mets are off on Tuesday and the Braves will play at the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.