New York at Atlanta

Scoreboard
N.Y. Mets000020001370
Atlanta «04001001x6121

Jordan bashes grand slam in Braves' win over 0-5 Mets

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
  •  

ATLANTA -- Brian Jordan quickly put the New York Mets behind again, and helped extend their early season woes.

Jordan hit a grand slam in the second inning to lead the Atlanta Braves to their fourth consecutive victory with a 6-3 win over New York on Saturday night, extending the Mets' season-opening losing streak to five games.

Chipper Jones also homered to help the Braves keep the Mets as the only winless team in the majors. New York already trails first-place Atlanta by four games in the NL East.

The Mets, outscored by a combined total of 14-2 in the first two innings this season, are off to their worst start since going 0-8 to open the 1963 campaign.

"When you're behind, it's tough to get back," said Carlos Beltran, who was 0-for-5. "We haven't had a chance to get ahead. It seems like we're trying to get back in every single ballgame."

Beltran, 1-for-9 in the series with only an infield hit, said the losing streak is taking a toll.

"Sometimes you try too hard. That's what I did today," he said. "I was jumping at bad pitches."

Beltran jumped at a 3-0 pitch from Horacio Ramirez with a runner on second in the fifth inning and he popped out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Jordan, 38, hit only five homers for Texas last season before signing with the Braves for only $600,000.

"Age is just a number," Jordan said. "Unfortunately I had the knee injury the last couple years that really held me back. I've worked hard enough to get that strength back."

Aaron Heilman (0-1) gave up five runs in five innings as the fill-in starter for injured right-hander Kris Benson, who is on the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle.

Heilman said he tried to throw a fastball in on Jordan.

"I just didn't get it in as far as I wanted to," Heilman said. "That definitely wasn't the pitch I wanted to throw."

Jose Reyes' first homer of the season was one of the few highlights for the Mets, who are in danger of being swept in their first two series. They lost three in a row at Cincinnati to open the season.

Mets manager Willie Randolph said he has given no thought to calling a team meeting or shuffling his lineup.

"We're scuffling a little bit," Randolph said. "I'm still real pumped up. I'm real confident about my boys. ... We're looking forward to getting the win tomorrow and going home and getting some home cooking."

Randolph called the 0-5 start "a slight bump in the road."

"When we get a few breaks and start to turn this around, we'll feel like this might have been a good experience for us," Randolph said.

Adam Bernero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Atlanta in relief of Ramirez, who tired in the fifth inning.

The Braves scored on Heilman in the second inning with four consecutive hits, including Jordan's seventh career grand slam. The left fielder was hitting only .200 entering the game, and had not driven in a run.

Ramirez was shutting the Mets down until the fifth inning, when Reyes homered with one out. Kaz Matsui followed with a single and a stolen base, and later scored on Cliff Floyd's single that cut the Braves' lead to 4-2 and knocked Ramirez out of the game -- one out short of qualifying for a win.

Kevin Gryboski recorded the final out of the fifth and Bernero took over took over in the sixth inning.

Jones' homer, a two-out shot to left-center off Heilman in the fifth, gave the Braves a 5-2 lead. Rafael Furcal added an RBI double off Braden Looper in the eighth.

Matsui had an RBI grounder in the ninth for the Mets' final run.

The Braves had a scoring opportunity in the first inning. Jones hit a two-out double but was thrown out at the plate by Floyd while trying to score on Andruw Jones' single to left.

Floyd had another assist in the sixth inning when he threw out LaRoche, who tried to score from second on Jordan's single to left.

The Braves loaded the bases against Mike DeJean in the seventh inning, but Johnny Estrada hit a fly ball to center to end the inning.

Notes

  • Victor Diaz made his third start of the season in right field for New York after Eric Valent started back-to-back games. The two are sharing the position while Mike Cameron is on the disabled list.
  • The six runs set a season high for the Braves, who scored a total of nine in their first four games.
  • Jordan's grand slam was his first since Sept. 16, 2002, for Los Angeles against San Francisco.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
It's already been a long season for first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz and the Mets.  (AP)
It's already been a long season for first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz and the Mets. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. Jordan
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

Related Video

December 23, 2014
Fantasy Update: Devonta Freeman (0:36)
December 22, 2014
Panthers at Falcons Preview
(2:59)
December 23, 2014
Jim Rome: Dez Bryant's contract
(3:09)
December 23, 2014
Hammerin' Hank's picks: Week 17
(6:54)
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5121003 .348
Kaz Matsui, 2B5121000 .238
Carlos Beltran, CF5000023 .273
Mike Piazza, C2000201 .188
Cliff Floyd, LF4011012 .316
David Wright, 3B3000102 .267
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3010101 .375
Victor Diaz, RF4000024 .273
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
Aaron Heilman, P2000012 .000
   a- Eric Valent, PH1000010 .125
    Felix Heredia, P0000000 .000
    Mike DeJean, P0000000 .000
    Marlon Anderson, RF1110000 .600
Totals353734718 
a-struck out for Heilman in the 6th
Batting
2B - Marlon Anderson (1, Reitsma)
HR - Jose Reyes (1, Ramirez)
RBI - Jose Reyes (1), Kaz Matsui (4), Cliff Floyd (3)
2-OUT RBI - Cliff Floyd (3)
SB - Kaz Matsui (2, 2nd base off Ramirez/Estrada)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cliff Floyd 2
PB - Mike Piazza (1)
New York Mets
Aaron Heilman (L,0-1) 5855032 9.00
Felix Heredia 1100000 0.00
Mike DeJean 1100200 15.43
Braden Looper 1211100 36.00
HBP - LaRoche (by Felix Heredia)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Heilman 69-47, Felix Heredia 17-10, Mike DeJean 24-11, Braden Looper 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Heilman 3-8, Felix Heredia 1-1, Mike DeJean 1-2, Braden Looper 2-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Heilman 22, Felix Heredia 4, Mike DeJean 6, Braden Looper 6
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5011011 .174
Pete Orr, 2B5020012 .267
Chipper Jones, 3B4121001 .400
Andruw Jones, CF3010101 .211
Johnny Estrada, C4110003 .333
Adam LaRoche, 1B3110010 .214
Raul Mondesi, RF4110001 .105
Brian Jordan, LF3224101 .278
Horacio Ramirez, P2000000 .000
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
    Adam Bernero, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH0000100 .000
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1010000 .333
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
Totals3461263310 
a-walked for Bernero in the 7th
b-singled for Sosa in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (1, Heilman), Adam LaRoche (1, Heilman)
HR - Chipper Jones (2, Heilman), Brian Jordan (1, Heilman)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (1), Chipper Jones (3), Brian Jordan 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (1), Chipper Jones (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Chipper Jones (1, misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Horacio Ramirez 4.2522341 3.86
Kevin Gryboski 0.1000000 0.00
Adam Bernero (H,1; W,2-0) 2100020 3.00
Jorge Sosa (H,2) 1000100 0.00
Chris Reitsma 1111010 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 93-55, Kevin Gryboski 2-2, Adam Bernero 27-18, Jorge Sosa 20-12, Chris Reitsma 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 4-7, Adam Bernero 4-0, Chris Reitsma 2-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 23, Kevin Gryboski 1, Adam Bernero 7, Jorge Sosa 4, Chris Reitsma 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40604
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lazaro Diaz, Third Base - Marty Foster