On Tuesday night in Atlanta, the Mets lost to the Braves by a score of 5-4.
Jul 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherDaisuke 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
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.
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.
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.
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.