The Mets are hosting the Braves this weekend, the final visit to Flushing for the retiring Chipper Jones. As has been his habit for a decade and a half, Chipper’s Braves beat the Mets Friday night.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when Jonathon Niese allowed a Jason Heyward solo home run to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
The Mets blew an opportunity in the sixth. Kelly Shoppach singled with one out. Jason Bay then hit a grounder to third that was ticketed for an inning ending double play, but Jones’s throw to second went into right field. For some reason Shoppach stopped at second; he should have been standing on third. Pinch hitter Justin Turner struck out for the second out. During Lucas Duda’s at bat there was a passed ball that advanced the runners to second and third — which would have scored Shoppach if he had been on third. Duda then grounded out to end the threat.
Niese was done after six innings, allowing just one run. His record falls to 10-9, but his ERA is a solid 3,47.
Bobby Parnell came on for the seventh. He allowed a run on a double, a throwing error by Shoppach and a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Jenrry Mejia pitched in his first big game since 2010, After throwing a perfect eighth he allowed a Dan Uggla homer in the ninth as the Braves extended the lead to 3-0.
Mets lose 3-0.