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Final Score: Braves 13, Mets 5 — A laborious game, indeed

Daisuke Matsuzaka got shelled again, and the bullpen did, too, as the Mets lost.

Kevin C. Cox

The way Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched this afternoon, the Mets really didn't have a chance against the Braves. The veteran righty gave up six runs in just three innings, digging a hole that too deep for the Mets to escape.

With a run in the second and two more in the fourth, the Mets were in the game when Matsuzaka was lifted for a pinch hitter. But their bullpen turned a game that was within reach into a laugher once again. While Tim Byrdak threw one-and-one-third scoreless innings in his return to the big leagues after shoulder surgery last year, Gonzalez Germen and Pedro Feliciano coughed up four runs in just one-and-one-third innings combined to put the Braves up 10-3.

The Mets scored two runs in the seventh, but David Aardsma allowed three more Atlanta runs in the eighth inning to make that mini-comeback completely irrelevant.

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