The Mets dropped their second straight to the Braves Tuesday night as they fall to a season high 10 games under .500.
With runners on first and second with two outs in the second inning, Christian Bethancourt singled to center. Juan Lagares came up throwing and looked like he would nail the runner at the plate. But Lucas Duda cut the ball off and the Mets were able to get the runner going to third. It ended the inning, but the run scored.
Curtis Granderson got the run back and then some in the third. With Lagares on second he homered for the second straight night to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Granderson now has 12 home runs, tied for the team lead with Duda.
But Freddie Freeman had an RBI double in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at two.
Chris Johnson led of the bottom of the fourth with a walk off of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He moved to second on a ground out. With two outs opposing pitcher Mike Minor singled to break the tie. B.J. Upton singled to move Upton to third. Upton stole second. Andrelton Simmons then singled to score two more runs to extend the Braves lead to 5-2.
With Ruben Tejada on first after walking, Daniel Murphy connected with a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 5-4. Two more singles knocked Minor out of the game, but reliever Shea Simmons came on to retire the side without further damage.
Matsuzaka lasted five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Both bullpens held up well and the Mets went down 5-4 in a particularly boring game.