In the rubber match of the three-game series, New York used a great outing from knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey and another standout offensive performance from Jose Reyes to beat Atlanta 6-4. A listless offensive performance from the Braves was masked by a Diory Hernandez's three-run homer in the ninth inning.
Braves starter Tim Hudson struggled from the get go, as he lasted only four innings before being removed for Cristhian Martinez. Hudson's final line was 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R (all earned), walking 1 and striking out 5.
The Mets got the offense going off Hudson in the first inning as Jose Reyes led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a grounder from Justin Turner. Carlos Beltran doubled to center with one out to score Reyes from second, and was driven in on an Angel Pagan sacrifice fly two batters later. That gave the Mets a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
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Jason Pridie started off the second inning with a single, and advanced to second on a grounder from Ruben Tejada. Hudson walked Reyes with two outs, and then gave up a single to Justin Turner that scored Pridie to bump the Mets lead up to 3-0. Reyes came in from third to score on a wild pitch from Hudson to make it 4-0.
Reyes continued his offensive onslaught in the fourth inning, as he doubled with two outs to score Tejada to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Cristhian Martinez replaced Hudson in the fifth, and allowed a run when he walked Tejada with the bases loaded to bring in Willie Harris as the Braves fell behind 6-0.
The Braves finally got to Dickey in the eighth inning, as Brian McCann led off the inning with a towering home run to right-center field to cut the lead to 6-1.
Mets reliever Manny Acosta came in to pitch the ninth inning, ending Dickey's day. Dickey finished with a line of 8 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.
Closer Francisco Rodriguez replaced Acosta, and left a 3-1 fastball over the heart of the plate to pinch hitter Diory Hernandez. Hernandez took advantage and crushed a home run to left field, lessening the deficit to 6-4. That was as close as the Braves got, as Rodriguez struck out Eric Hinske and Joe Mather to end the game.
The Braves are off tomorrow as they travel to Florida to begin a series with the Marlins on Tuesday.