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ATLANTA -- David Wright wasn't ready to credit the Mets' 20 hits, including his two homers and five RBI, to what he called a "little rant" from manager Terry Collins.
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"Terry's good but I think it's more coincidence than anything," Wright said. "I give him a lot of credit, but I'm not quite ready to give him credit for 20 hits.
"But it was good, obviously, that we come out and play good after his little rant."
A 10-1 loss to Washington on Thursday stretched the Mets' losing streak to six games and ended a 1-8 homestand. After the game, Collins said "The perception I have right now: We folded it up. And I won't stand for that."
On Friday, Collins said he believed his team's problem was execution, not effort.
"I hope it got across," Collins said of his criticism. "I don't want to take anything away from how hard we've played all year long, but the last couple days, I just didn't think that we had gotten ourselves ready.
"Tonight was a beautiful night."
Atlanta's lead over St. Louis in the NL wild-card race was cut to 3½ games.
Lowe (9-15) gave up nine hits and six runs in only 2 1/3 innings while losing his third straight start. He had his shortest outing since also lasting 2 1/3 innings on June 14, 2009, at Baltimore. His ERA rose to 4.94.
"This has been a long year," Lowe said. "I mean, this is probably my worst year I've ever had. Right now you obviously feel discouraged and frustrated and all those things, but next time around you've got to find a way to figure it out because this is just bad pitching for too long."
The Mets regrouped after falling a season-high eight games below .500.
"We try to go in with the mindset of having each other's back," Wright said. "Terry's had ours, so it would be nice to not only finish up strong for ourselves but finish up strong for him and get him the credit he probably deserves for holding this together during the year."
Chris Capuano (11-12) gave up two runs on six hits in five innings to earn his second win in three weeks against the Braves. He pitched a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over the Braves in New York on Aug. 26.
"We didn't need any extra incentive," Capuano said, referring to Collins' words. "We all know what's going on. We're all proud individuals."
"The way we've been swinging the bats, if we can score more than one it's a good night for us," Wright said. "Hopefully, this is the start of something."
Capuano pitched out of a fifth-inning jam after pinch-hitter Antoan Richardson singled and moved to third on Bourn's single. Following a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen, Capuano struck out Jones, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla.
There were two strong defensive plays.
Mets left fielder Jason Bay reached over the wall to take a home run away from Alex Gonzalez to end the fourth. Bay fell to the warning track before taking the ball out of his glove to show he made the catch.
Alex Gonzalez returned the favor in the seventh when he went deep into the hole at shortstop to field a grounder from Bay. Gonzalez, still running toward third, turned and made a leaping throw that barely beat Bay to first base.
|David Wright rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Braves. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||2||3||0||1||0||0||.334|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||2||1||0||1||1||4||.263|
|David Wright, 3B||6||2||3||5||0||1||3||.267|
|Lucas Duda, RF||5||3||4||1||1||1||0||.290|
|Jason Bay, LF||5||2||1||0||1||2||6||.248|
|Nick Evans, 1B||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.267|
|Josh Thole, C||5||0||3||3||0||0||1||.265|
|Josh Stinson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryota Igarashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ruben Tejada, 2B||5||0||1||2||0||1||4||.272|
|Chris Capuano, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.077|
|Miguel Batista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Willie Harris, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.249|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Nickeas, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|a-singled for Batista in the 7th|
|2B - Lucas Duda (20, Teheran), Nick Evans (7, Linebrink)|
|HR - David Wright 2 (14, Lowe, Teheran)|
|RBI - David Wright 5 (57), Lucas Duda (48), Nick Evans (21), Josh Thole 3 (36), Ruben Tejada 2 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lucas Duda (17), Josh Thole (12), Ruben Tejada 2 (16)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (36, 2nd base off Teheran/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Nick Evans (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Chris Capuano (W,11-12)||5||6||2||2||2||6||1||4.47|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 103-63, Miguel Batista 11-8, Tim Byrdak 10-8, Josh Stinson 21-12, Ryota Igarashi 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-5, Josh Stinson 2-0, Ryota Igarashi 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Miguel Batista 3, Tim Byrdak 3, Josh Stinson 4, Ryota Igarashi 3|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Brooks Conrad, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||2||0||0||1||0||2||3||.282|
|a- Jack Wilson, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||2||2||.233|
|Jose Constanza, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.317|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.278|
|David Ross, C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.255|
|Matt Diaz, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.264|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.262|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.238|
|Derek Lowe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Julio Teheran, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Antoan Richardson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.239|
|Arodys Vizcaino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Anthony Varvaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Jason Heyward, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.221|
|a-popped out for Jones in the 7th|
|b-singled for Teheran in the 5th|
|c-lined out for Linebrink in the 6th|
|d-struck out for Varvaro in the 9th|
|3B - Michael Bourn (10, Capuano)|
|HR - Martin Prado (12, Capuano)|
|SF - Chipper Jones (5)|
|SH - Derek Lowe (9)|
|RBI - Chipper Jones (66), Martin Prado (54)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (55, 2nd base off Capuano/Thole)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1|
|PB - Brian McCann (6)|
|Derek Lowe (L,9-15)||2.1||9||6||6||1||2||1||4.94|
|WP - Julio Teheran (1), Arodys Vizcaino (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 64-43, Julio Teheran 56-34, Scott Linebrink 20-12, Arodys Vizcaino 29-17, Anthony Varvaro 33-25|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 3-1, Julio Teheran 2-4, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Anthony Varvaro 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 16, Julio Teheran 14, Scott Linebrink 5, Arodys Vizcaino 5, Anthony Varvaro 10|
|Attendance - 43901|
|Game Time - 3:24|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|