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Uggla had been 0 for 24 against the knuckleballer before his home run capped a four-run third and gave Atlanta a 6-3 lead. His bigger concern was his lack of home runs in his first 11 games.
"It's a huge load off your shoulders, especially when you're kind of known for being a power hitter," Uggla said. "It was tough for me to shoulder. I was having dreams about it."
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Francisco homered in the second and Freeman hit an opposite-field drive to left in the fifth, his first of the season. That chased Dickey (2-1), who allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings in his worst outing in four years.
There was light rain through the early innings, making it more difficult for Dickey to deliver his specialty pitch.
"It's like throwing water balloons," Dickey said. "That can't be an excuse. I still have to find a way to keep us in the ball game. Today I didn't give us a very good chance."
Mets manager Terry Collins said the wet weather "certainly had a huge effect."
"You've got to have a good grip on it and in the constant rain, it was really hard for him to throw," Collins said.
Atlanta has won seven of eight since opening the season with four losses, including three straight in New York. The Braves set season highs for runs and hits (16). They scored 43 runs in going 5-1 on the homestand.
"Today's game, we just kept adding on," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I thought it was one of those games where if you didn't, you'd be up against it. ... We've got the guys who are capable of doing it."
David Wright had three RBI, tying Darryl Strawberry for the Mets' career record at 733. Ike Davis homered for New York, which completed a 3-3 trip. The Mets won the series opener before two straight lopsided losses.
"You'll take .500 on the road, but because we got started on the trip so well, it's a little disappointing the way it ended the last two days," Collins said.
Cristhian Martinez (1-0) gave up one run and three hits in two innings to win in relief of Jair Jurrjens, whose ERA rose to 8.10. Winless in three starts, Jurrjens allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings.
Trailing 3-2, the Braves went ahead in the third on Martin Prado's two-run double. After Uggla's homer extended the lead, the Mets closed to 6-4 in the fifth on a run-scoring infield hit by Wright.
Freeman's homer made it 8-4 in the bottom half. New Mets leadoff hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had three hits and scored three runs, had an RBI single in a run in the sixth.
|Dan Uggla had been 0 for 24 against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey until this two-run homer in the third inning. (US Presswire)|
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|New York Mets|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF||4||3||3||1||1||0||0||.375|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.298|
|David Wright, 3B||5||0||2||3||0||1||3||.500|
|Ike Davis, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.156|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||1||0||2||0||3||.211|
|Lucas Duda, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.196|
|Josh Thole, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.355|
|a- Mike Nickeas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.250|
|R.A. Dickey, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Miguel Batista, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mike Baxter, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.222|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Thole in the 9th|
|b-singled for Batista in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Parnell in the 7th|
|2B - Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2 (2, Jurrjens, Hernandez), David Wright (1, Jurrjens), Josh Thole (3, Cr. Martinez)|
|HR - Ike Davis (3, Jurrjens)|
|RBI - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (3), Daniel Murphy (6), David Wright 3 (8), Ike Davis (6)|
|SB - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Ross), Jason Bay (1, 3rd base off Jurrjens/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Ronny Cedeno (1, Throwing)|
|New York Mets|
|R.A. Dickey (L,2-1)||4.1||8||8||8||2||5||3||5.71|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 79-54, Miguel Batista 10-6, Bobby Parnell 30-18, Tim Byrdak 28-18, Jon Rauch 3-1, Frank Francisco 23-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 5-3, Bobby Parnell 1-0, Frank Francisco 2-1|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 23, Miguel Batista 2, Bobby Parnell 6, Tim Byrdak 6, Jon Rauch 1, Frank Francisco 6|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||3||2||1||1||0||.260|
|Martin Prado, LF||5||1||1||2||0||1||5||.250|
|Jason Heyward, RF||5||1||1||0||0||3||1||.341|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||2||1||2||1||1||2||.200|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||2||2||3||0||2||0||.222|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||5||2||2||2||0||2||0||.263|
|David Ross, C||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.500|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||5||2||1||0||0||1||2||.167|
|Jair Jurrjens, P||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chipper Jones, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.300|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.278|
|Livan Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Cr. Martinez in the 6th|
|b-singled for Durbin in the 7th|
|2B - Martin Prado (3, Dickey), Freddie Freeman (3, Dickey), Juan Francisco (2, Francisco), David Ross (2, Francisco), Chipper Jones (1, Parnell)|
|3B - Jason Heyward (2, Francisco)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (1, Dickey), Freddie Freeman (1, Dickey), Juan Francisco (2, Dickey)|
|SF - Freddie Freeman (1)|
|SH - Jair Jurrjens (1)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (3), Martin Prado 2 (4), Dan Uggla 2 (6), Freddie Freeman 3 (6), Juan Francisco 2 (4), David Ross (3), Chipper Jones (7), Matt Diaz (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (2), David Ross (1), Matt Diaz (1)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (6, 2nd base off Parnell/Thole)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Francisco-Uggla-Freeman|
|E - Dan Uggla (3, Throwing)|
|Cristhian Martinez (W,1-0)||2||3||1||1||0||1||0||3.60|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 89-55, Cristhian Martinez 31-21, Chad Durbin 28-16, Livan Hernandez 27-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 5-3, Cristhian Martinez 4-1, Chad Durbin 1-0, Livan Hernandez 1-5|
|Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 21, Cristhian Martinez 9, Chad Durbin 6, Livan Hernandez 8|
|Attendance - 17909|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 62|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|