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"I've had a tough year, not only physically but mentally," he said. "A lot of distractions. I lost my dad, and I'm coming off surgery. I didn't pitch the first half of the season."
Kelly Johnson hit an RBI double off Martinez in Atlanta's three-run first inning, rookie Josh Anderson had three hits, and the Braves won 4-2 Saturday night to end the Mets' three-game winning streak.
Following Philadelphia's 3-2 win at Florida, New York dropped into second place in the NL East, a half-game behind the Phillies.
"The first inning hurt us, and we never overcame that," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "We didn't have much going offensively tonight, and that's what hurt us the most. We hit a few balls hard."
After an embarrassing collapse last year in which they failed to hold a seven-game lead with 17 remaining, the Mets held onto first place just one day before giving it back to Philadelphia.
Martinez (5-6) lost his third straight decision, giving up nine hits and four runs in six innings. He made 116 pitches, a season-high.
Mike Gonzalez worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances, helping Atlanta stop its four-game skid.
The Braves' first three batters of the game reached against Martinez, who is 1-3 with a 7.00 ERA in his last five starts. Anderson led off with a single and swiped second before Martin Prado walked on four pitches. Johnson followed with a double to right and Brian McCann drove in Prado with a groundout.
"Maybe I'm not being as aggressive as I should, but when I'm aggressive, I give up homers," said Martinez, whose father died in the Dominican Republic two months ago. "Maybe I think a little too much. I think that might be the reason."
The big first inning was enough for Jorge Campillo (8-7), who allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and won for the first time in eight starts.
Since beating Milwaukee 5-2 on Aug. 3, Campillo had gone 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA over his previous eight turns in the rotation.
"A lot of people thought I was tired, and that's true," Campillo said. "Everybody's tired this time of year."
Campillo stranded a runner at third in the sixth when first baseman Kotchman knocked down Carlos Beltran's hard grounder and beat the speedy center fielder to the bag.
Martinez doubled in two runs in the fifth, but Anderson's sixth-inning RBI single made it 4-2.
Martinez dropped to 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 30 career games, 23 starts, against the Braves.
"We got to him early, and I think that's how you've got to win against these guys," McCann said. "You've got to get to them early, make them play catchup."
|The Braves take great joy in dealing a blow to the Mets' playoff chances. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.301|
|Daniel Murphy, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.359|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.295|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.266|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Ryan Church, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|a- Nick Evans, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||2||0||1||0||1||1||1||.253|
|Brian Schneider, C||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.263|
|b- Ramon Castro, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Pedro Martinez, P||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||.162|
|c- Marlon Anderson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.211|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Church in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Schneider in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for P. Martinez in the 7th|
|2B - David Wright (42, Campillo), Carlos Beltran (40, Campillo), Pedro Martinez (1, Campillo)|
|RBI - Pedro Martinez 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Martinez 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - P. Martinez-Delgado|
|New York Mets|
|Pedro Martinez (L,5-6)||6||9||4||4||3||7||0||5.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 116-75, Scott Schoeneweis 12-9, Bobby Parnell 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 5-5|
|Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 29, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Bobby Parnell 2|
|Josh Anderson, CF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.278|
|Martin Prado, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.318|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.284|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.298|
|Omar Infante, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.299|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.272|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.236|
|Brandon Jones, LF||3||1||0||0||1||3||4||.252|
|Gregor Blanco, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Jorge Campillo, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.182|
|a- Ruben Gotay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.214|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Bennett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Campillo in the 6th|
|2B - Martin Prado (15, P. Martinez), Kelly Johnson (38, P. Martinez)|
|RBI - Josh Anderson (9), Kelly Johnson (65), Brian McCann (86), Casey Kotchman (68)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Anderson (4), Casey Kotchman (29)|
|SB - Josh Anderson 2 (8, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider), Brandon Jones (1, 2nd base off P. Martinez/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kotchman-Infante, Kotchman|
|Jorge Campillo (W,8-7)||6||5||2||2||2||2||0||3.76|
|Will Ohman (H,22)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.77|
|Jeff Bennett (H,14)||1.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.87|
|Mike Gonzalez (S,12)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.11|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 95-63, Will Ohman 7-6, Jeff Bennett 20-14, Mike Gonzalez 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 8-6, Jeff Bennett 3-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 23, Will Ohman 2, Jeff Bennett 5, Mike Gonzalez 3|
|Attendance - 50124|
|Game Time - 2:38|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|