Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Braves 3

ATLANTA -- The Mets won the rubber game of a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night, but lost a valuable starting pitcher in the process.

Jonathon Niese departed in the fourth inning with left shoulder discomfort after wincing while delivering a pitch to Tyler Pastornicky. Niese has dealt for weeks with what the team has labeled shoulder tendinitis.

The absence of Niese for any length of time presumably would resolve the much-debated issue about how to transition from a six- to five-man rotation -- although clearly not how the Mets intended.

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Jon Niese departed Thursday's game in the fourth inning with shoulder discomfort.

Three innings after Niese motioned to the dugout and was removed, pinch-hitter Josh Satin delivered a tiebreaking double that plated Omar Quintanilla and chased Braves starter Mike Minor.

Josh Edgin inherited runners on the corners from Brandon Lyon with two outs in the eighth and retired Jason Heyward on a grounder to first base and the Mets held on to beat the Braves, 4-3, at Turner Field.

Atlanta entered the series an MLB-best 23-8 at home this season, but lost three of five games to the Mets.

Satin, who had a game-ending strikeout at Citi Field a week earlier against St. Louis Cardinals closer Edward Mujica that stranded the tying run at third base, has now reached base in five straight plate appearances.

David Wright set the table for Satin’s heroics by producing the 20th multi-homer game of his career, which is approaching Darryl Strawberry’s franchise-record 22.

Wright now has 32 career homers against the Braves, more than he has produced against any other team. He has 18 homers at Turner Field. That is more than any other road ballpark. He entered the night with 16 apiece in Atlanta and at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

Wright had his second two-homer game this season. He also went deep twice against Colorado Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio on April 16 at Coors Field.

Andrew Brown, in his first at-bat since rejoining the Mets, followed the pair of solo homers by Wright with a fifth-inning, pinch-hit solo shot against Minor that had pulled the Mets even at 3.

Niese’s line: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins, Lyon, Edgin and Bobby Parnell combined for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Just missed: The Mets had the bases loaded and none out in the fourth after Wright’s second homer. Down 3-2 at the time, the opportunity went for naught. Juan Lagares flied out to right field too shallow for Marlon Byrd to tag from third. Quintanilla then grounded into a 1-2-3 double play.

What’s next: The Mets head to Philadelphia for a weekend series. Right-hander Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96 ERA) opposes NL-loss-leader Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40) at 7:05 p.m. Friday.