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Mets drop five runs on Braves in eighth to get back on winning track

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NEW YORK -- The Mets got big hits with the bases loaded and their bullpen was outstanding, for a change. If they keep that up, they'll have a much better chance of hanging on in the NL East.

Carlos Delgado hit a go-ahead double off the left-center fence to end New York's long stretch of bases-loaded futility, and the Mets broke loose in the eighth inning to rally past Atlanta 7-3 Tuesday night.

Damion Easley delivered a two-run single with the sacks full, and Ramon Castro added an RBI double to cap a five-run eighth against the Braves' bullpen.

Delgado's clutch hit snapped New York's 3-for-42 skid with the bases loaded.

"Sometimes we as hitters, as players, put a little too much pressure on ourselves," Delgado said. "You've still got to see the ball and hit the ball. It's not like he's going to make up a pitch with the bases loaded."

One night after their six-game winning streak was snapped in Pittsburgh, the Mets won for the 10th time in 13 games and maintained their 1½-game division lead over Philadelphia.

New York received a strong effort from its unsteady bullpen, including newcomer Luis Ayala, after getting more bad news about All-Star Billy Wagner.

An MRI earlier in the day showed the injured closer has increased swelling in his left elbow, so he's out indefinitely. The Mets don't know when he might be able to return to the mound, if at all, this season.

The eighth-inning outburst left Scott Schoeneweis to close this one out with a one-hit ninth in a non-save situation. Aaron Heilman (3-7) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

"We just have to pick up the slack and do the best we can. At this point, I don't even know what else the organization can do," Schoeneweis said. "It's nice to be on the other end of one of those games. Someone else's bullpen gave it up and ours didn't. It's amazing how that works sometimes."

Oliver Perez kept New York in the game by allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings against a lineup that had Omar Infante batting cleanup. Infante has three home runs this season.

With the Braves trying to hold on for their first one-run win on the road since Aug. 9 last year at Shea Stadium, Jeff Bennett (2-5) walked consecutive batters with one out in the eighth.

Carlos Beltran's dribbler for an infield single brought up Delgado, who popped out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning Monday, keeping the score tied.

This time, he drove left-hander Will Ohman's pitch the other way and clapped his hands as he cruised into second with the Mets up 4-3.

"It's the toughest situation a bullpen can be put in and every reliever should crave it. I know I do," Ohman said. "I made a very below-average pitch to an above-average hitter and I paid for it. It doesn't matter how many times you get a guy out. The one time you don't stinks."

Easley singled off Julian Tavarez, and Castro's double made it 7-3.

Starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes stymied the Mets in his return from the minors, but Atlanta has lost eight of nine to fall a season-worst 14 games under .500.

The Mets improved to 3-7 this year against the Braves. The longtime rivals met for the first time since May 22 in Atlanta, where the Braves finished a four-game sweep that left them ahead of New York in the standings.

The teams have gone in opposite directions since.

New York gave Perez a 2-0 lead, scoring in the first inning for the ninth time in 12 games.

Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk from Jo-Jo Reyes, went to third on Nick Evans' single and scored when David Wright hit a sacrifice fly. Fernando Tatis added a two-out RBI double.

Jo-Jo Reyes started rolling from there, allowing only one more hit. He struck out five and walked three in six innings, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters.

"I think I just got the jitters. It's a different atmosphere. Once I settled down, I did good," the left-hander said.

Atlanta went ahead with three runs in the third. Perez walked leadoff batter Gregor Blanco, who scored on Chipper Jones' single. Brian McCann had an RBI groundout with the bases loaded and Jeff Francoeur added a sacrifice fly.

Ayala made his Mets debut in the seventh, taking the ball with runners at the corners from Perez, his buddy from Mexico. Ayala knocked down Infante with his first pitch and escaped the jam by inducing a popup and an easy fly.

"That probably kind of changed the momentum right there," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "To hold them right there probably was the turning point in the game."

Ayala was acquired Sunday from Washington for a player to be named.

Notes

  • Before Delgado's double, left-handed hitters were batting .169 against Ohman.
  • Jones, who leads the majors with a .365 batting average, has hit safely in all 10 games since coming off the disabled list.
  • New York is 16-5 at home since June 29.
  • Jose Reyes walked three times, tying a career high.
  • It was the first time since June 24 that Perez allowed more than one run in a start at Shea Stadium.
 
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Carlos Delgado slaps a bases-loaded double, sparking the Mets to a big eighth inning.  (AP)
Carlos Delgado slaps a bases-loaded double, sparking the Mets to a big eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Reyes
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 3
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF3100202 .255
Yunel Escobar, SS4120000 .285
Chipper Jones, 3B3121200 .365
Omar Infante, LF5020015 .305
Brian McCann, C5001006 .298
Jeff Francoeur, RF3001010 .230
Casey Kotchman, 1B3010111 .266
Martin Prado, 2B4020002 .317
Jo-Jo Reyes, P3000003 .043
    Jeff Bennett, P0000100 .222
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals3339363  
Batting
3B - Yunel Escobar (2, Perez), Martin Prado (4, Perez)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (4)
SH - Yunel Escobar (6)
RBI - Chipper Jones (62), Brian McCann (70), Jeff Francoeur (55)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Prado-Escobar-Kotchman
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes 6422350 5.18
Jeff Bennett (H,6; L,2-5) 1.1133200 4.36
Will Ohman (BS,2)0122100 3.22
Julian Tavarez0200000 5.00
Mike Gonzalez 0.2000100 3.79
IBB - Tatis by Will Ohman, Reyes by Mike Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 102-63, Jeff Bennett 29-15, Will Ohman 6-2, Julian Tavarez 6-5, Mike Gonzalez 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 8-4, Jeff Bennett 2-2, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 24, Jeff Bennett 7, Will Ohman 2, Julian Tavarez 2, Mike Gonzalez 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS2100300 .303
Nick Evans, LF3120101 .276
    Endy Chavez, PR-RF1100003 .270
David Wright, 3B2101121 .291
Carlos Beltran, CF4120000 .275
Carlos Delgado, 1B4112012 .255
Fernando Tatis, RF-LF3111100 .294
Damion Easley, 2B4012012 .262
Ramon Castro, C3011100 .263
Oliver Perez, P2000011 .122
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .419
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   b- Argenis Reyes, PH1000002 .272
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Totals3078775  
a-grounded out for Ayala in the 7th
b-lined out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado (25, Ohman), Fernando Tatis (11, Reyes), Ramon Castro (6, Tavarez)
SF - David Wright (9)
RBI - David Wright (96), Carlos Delgado 2 (81), Fernando Tatis (37), Damion Easley 2 (37), Ramon Castro (24)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Wright-Reyes-Easley
New York Mets
Oliver Perez 6.1733530 3.93
Luis Ayala 0.2000000 5.71
Aaron Heilman (W,3-7) 1100100 5.48
Scott Schoeneweis 1100000 2.98
IBB - Jones by Oliver Perez
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 114-66, Luis Ayala 8-4, Aaron Heilman 20-11, Scott Schoeneweis 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 7-8, Aaron Heilman 1-2
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 30, Luis Ayala 2, Aaron Heilman 5, Scott Schoeneweis 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50589
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Greg Gibson