Game 131: Mets @ Braves

Mets lose, 9-3.

9:42 p.m.: Second pitch: Brian McCann homers.

9:40 p.m.: Oliver Perez enters for the bottom of the seventh. He had not appeared in 25 straight games, the longest streak in the majors this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

9:30 p.m.: Martin Prado adds a two-run single against Manny Acosta in the sixth. It's 8-3.

9:27 p.m.: Jason Heyward drives in a run against Manny Acosta in the bottom of the seventh. It was Heyward's fourth RBI of the game, matching a career high.

9:16 p.m.: Josh Thole delivers an RBI triple in the sixth to pull the Mets within 5-3, but the Amazins again have trouble with runners in scoring position. With Mets at second and third base and one out, Angel Pagan strikes out. After Luis Castillo walks to load the bases, Chris Carter is due up. Bobby Cox inserts left-hander Eric O'Flaherty. With Jose Reyes unavailable and the Mets using a four-man bench, and with Carlos Beltran and Mike Hessman already used, Jerry Manuel has to stick with Carter and the lefty-lefty matchup. Carter grounds out to shortstop. Braves 5, Mets 3, mid-sixth.

8:47 p.m.: The combination of David Wright and Ike Davis twice has failed to drive in a run after stepping to the plate with two on and one out -- in the first and fifth innings.

8:25 p.m.: Mike Hessman pinch hits for Pat Misch in the fourth. Misch allowed five runs in three innings.

8:02 p.m.: Jason Heyward belts a three-run homer off Pat Misch in the second. It looks like next time that rotation spot comes up, Saturday at Wrigley Field, Jenrry Mejia could enter the rotation. Mejia is perfect through four at Buffalo, with eight Ks.

7:49 p.m.: The Mets even the score at 2 in the second inning on Luis Hernandez's RBI single and a run-scoring groundout by Angel Pagan. 2-2.

7:33 p.m.: Pat Misch surrenders a run-scoring groundout to Martin Prado and RBI single by Derrek Lee in the first inning. Meanwhile, in Buffalo, Jenrry Mejia has struck out five in two scoreless innings.

7:10 p.m.: Luis Hernandez starts over Ruben Tejada at shortstop as Mets focus on 2010, not 2011. Carlos Beltran sits after starting six straight days on the homestand. Beltran had been 4-for-22 with two RBIs during that stretch. Lineups:


Angel Pagan, CF

Luis Castillo, 2B

Chris Carter, LF

David Wright, 3B

Ike Davis, 1B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Josh Thole, C

Luis Hernandez, SS

Pat Misch, LHP


Omar Infante, 2B

Jason Heyward, RF

Martin Prado, 3B

Derrek Lee, 1B

Brian McCann, C

Matt Diaz, LF

Alex Gonzalez, SS

Melky Cabrera, CF

Jair Jurrjens, RHP

Game notes: Jerry Manuel said Carlos Beltran sat Monday because he had played six straight games, and because he wanted to refresh him before the Mets face a left-hander Tuesday, rookie Mike Minor. Beltran has had more success from the right side of the plate since returning because his surgically repaired right knee if the back leg on that side of the plate. ... Manuel also predicted Ruben Tejada would be back in the lineup Tuesday against the southpaw. Luis Hernandez gets a second straight start. Manuel said he just wanted to give Hernandez back-to-back games and that starting him is not a longer-term trend.