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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (July 9) – The New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves by the score of 4-2 last night at Citi Field. R.A. Dickey started and pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up nine hits and four runs with three of them being earned. Dickey walked two and struck out six. Pedro Feliciano gave up a hit and a walk without recording an out. Elmer Dessens got an out and Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning giving up a hit and striking out one. Francisco Rodriguez gave up a hit and a walk and struck out one in his one inning of work.
The Braves took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Melky Cabrera and Omar Infante singled, Cabrera was moved to third on a fly ball and scored on an error by Jose Reyes. Troy Glaus had a RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Dickey single, he moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Reyes double. The Braves scored two runs in the seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead and that is how the game would end up. Cabrera and Infante hit back-to-back home runs which turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Mets got two hits from Angel Pagan and two hits from Dickey. Reyes and David Wright each had a hit and an RBI. Ike Davis and Josh Thole each had a hit. The Braves now are four games up in the NL East and assured themselves that they would be in first place at the All Star Break. “I really feel like I threw the ball well up until the last three pitches of the game,” Dickey said. Dickey said he felt like he took a punch to the gut because they scored with two outs every run. Jerry Manuel said “We had trouble closing out innings. That is what good teams do, they continue to try to score with two outs.” The Mets will try to even up the series at 4:10PM this afternoon with Mike Pelfrey pitching against Tim Hudson.