Jul 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (16) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning of their game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap: Dice-K struggles as Mets fall to Braves, 5-4

On Tuesday night in Atlanta, the Mets lost to the Braves by a score of 5-4.

Daisuke Matsuzaka took the mound for New York and struggled, ending the night after five inning, surrendering five runs — for the second straight start — on seven hits and three walks.

Opposing pitcher Mike Minor did not pitch well, either, only lasting 4.1 innings while allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk.

Game Recap:

In the second, after Chris Johnson singled and Tommy La Stella was hit by a pitch, Christian Bethancourt singled on a line drive to score the first run of the game for the Braves.

The Mets took the lead in the third, though, after a leadoff single from Juan Lagares. Dice-K bunted him over, and Curtis Granderson followed with a two-run shot to make it 2-1 Mets.

The Braves tied it up at two in the bottom of the third inning when Andrelton Simmons singled and Freddie Freeman doubled him in, after which Atlanta tacked on three more runs an inning later. Dice-K led off the fourth walking Johnson, and three batters later, Minor singled to make it 3-2. B.J. Upton then singled to put runners on the corners with two out, paving the way for Simmons to single in a pair and bring the Braves’ lead to 5-2.

In the fifth, after Ruben Tejada walked, Daniel Murphy hit his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot that brought New York within one run.

That would be all the scoring either team would do, as both bullpens held the opposition scoreless for the remainder of the game. Carlos Torres pitched three innings of hitless, scoreless relief for the Mets. The dominant Braves’ bullpen — Shae Simmons, Luis Avilan, Jordan Walden, and Craig Kimbrel – threw a combined 4.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to close out the game.

Game Notes:

The Mets have fallen 10 games under .500 for the first time this season and are 1-5 on their current road trip.

Tonight marks the 20th game the Mets have lost by one run this season.

Travis d’Arnaud has hit safely in all seven games he has appeared in since returning from AAA.

Granderson homered for the second straight night and now has 12 dingers for the season.

Next Up:

The Mets will continue their series against the Braves tomorrow night at Turner Field. Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.62 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (7-5, 2.34 ERA) at 7:10 PM.


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