ATLANTA -- Problem solved.
After a 90-minute powwow in the visiting manager's office at Turner Field involving chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Omar Minaya, assistant general manager John Ricco and manager Jerry Manuel, the Mets beat the Braves 3-2 to snap a five-game losing streak and leapfrog Atlanta into fourth place in the National League East.
Mike Pelfrey tossed 7 2/3 innings and became the first Mets starting pitcher to earn a victory in May this season. The 15-game stretch without a Mets starting pitcher recording a win was the longest such streak since August 1982, when the staff was composed of Ed Lynch, Rick Ownbey, Charlie Puleo, Craig Swan and Pat Zachry.
Pedro Feliciano struck out Brian McCann with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and Francisco Rodriguez stranded the potential tying run in scoring position after a two-out walk and stolen base by Yunel Escobar in the ninth.
The victory released some of the pressure after Wilpon flew in from New York and Minaya accompanied the team from Florida, which had not been the GM's original itinerary.
It also was important to get a win with Pelfrey on the mound -- particularly considering Johan Santana is pitching on Tuesday, but the following three games will feature starts by R.A. Dickey, John Maine and Hisanori Takahashi.
"We played good baseball," Manuel said. "We turned some big double plays at some critical times. Mike Pelfrey was outstanding. Feliciano came in and did a good job -- got a big out for us. And Frankie took care of the ninth."
It certainly was a circus-type atmosphere before the game, though, as the closed-door meeting occurred just outside the main clubhouse, so players and media had a full view of the participants as they entered and departed.
"We've been through that," third baseman David Wright said, referring to Willie Randolph's final days as manager a couple of years ago. "It's not even worth discussing. It's something that we're worried about going out there and trying to win tomorrow's game, and not worried about any of that other stuff, because all it is, it's a distraction."
Said left fielder Jason Bay, "I wasn't in that meeting, so I don't know. But I'm not thinking the worst. I'm just thinking it's business as usual.
"[Manuel is] one of the more positive people that I've ever met. He does a very good job of conveying that to the guys -- whatever the mood might be. It goes a long way."