The Mets offense came up small yet again Thursday night as they dropped their second straight game and the series to the Braves.
The Braves staged a two-out rally in the second. Opposing pitcher Mike Minor singled with two on to drive in the first run of the game.
Minor was also pretty good on the mound, holding the Mets hitless until Lucas Duda led off the fifth with a single.
The Braves reached Jonathon Niese in the eighth. Minor (again) led off with a double. With one out Emilio Bonifacio tripled to score Minor. Freddie Freeman singled to make it 3-0 and end Niese’s night. Carlos Torres came on to retire the side.
Niese went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked one.
The Mets finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Travis d’Arnaud led off with a double and came home on an Eric Campbell single to make it 3-1. David Carpenter came in for Minor. Carpenter got the first two outs but then walked pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis to put the tying runs on base. But Juan Lagares grounded out to second to end the inning.
Ryan Doumit sealed the game in the ninth with a two-run homer off of Daisuke Matsuzaka, just activated in place of Vic Black, who heads to the disabled list with a herniated disk. They added another run for good measure.
Mets lose 6-1, managing just four hits in the process.