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Final Score: Braves 6, Mets 1 — Minor defeats minor league-caliber lineup

Jon Niese pitched a nice game but it went for naught. The Mets' lineup struggled against Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor, who also went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

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The Mets' lineup tonight featured several established major league-caliber hitters. Unfortunately, they collectively hit like a bunch of minor leaguers, managing just four hits against Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor and two relievers.

Minor sent down the first 12 batters he faced and generally kept the Mets off balance all night. Lucas Duda broke up the perfect game with a leadoff single in the fifth inning. The Mets scored their only run of the game in the eighth inning, when Travis d'Arnaud led off with a double and Eric Campbell singled him home. All told, the Mets had just five baserunners and four at-bats with a runner in scoring position.

Jon Niese pitched well but couldn't match the heroics of Minor. Niese went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one. Minor notched two of those hits, including an RBI single in the second inning and a leadoff double in the eighth inning that spurred a two-run rally. Not a bad night for that guy. Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed three runs in the ninth inning to squash any hopes of a Mets comeback.

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