The NL East-leading Braves will try to get back on track and beat the Mets for the eighth time in nine home games in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.
After getting shut out with only two hits a day earlier, Atlanta (17-11) was held to five hits on Thursday in a 3-1 home loss to Washington as it settled for a split of its four-game set.
Only three base runners reached scoring position over the last two games, and Dan Uggla 's home run in the seventh on ended a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings for the Braves.
Atlanta ranks near the top of the majors in home runs (39) as well as strikeouts (259), but has just four homers and 84 strikeouts while dropping six of eight.
The Braves, who still lead the NL East by 2 1/2 games, may be able to bounce back in this series since they've batted .292 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs while winning seven of eight meetings at Turner Field.
They hope to continue that trend versus right-hander Shaun Marcum , who makes his second start for the Mets (11-15) after beginning the season on the DL with a neck injury and right biceps tendinitis.
Marcum (0-2, 7.94 ERA) allowed three runs and five hits in only four innings in a 9-4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday before giving up two runs in 1 2-3 innings of relief against Miami two days later.
He's pitched well in his career against the Braves, striking out 18 and allowing five runs over 20 innings in three starts.
Chris Johnson , Atlanta's top hitter at .369, is 1 for 12 with five strikeouts lifetime against Marcum.
After ending a season-worst six-game losing streak on Wednesday, New York looks to win consecutive games for the second time in 12 road contests.
The Mets have their own issues offensively, scoring 29 runs and batting .194 in their last 10 games.
"The most frustrating thing about the past six days is we've been in the games," manager Terry Collins said. "We've given ourselves a chance, we just haven't been able to create any offense.
Collins' club is hoping to catch Atlanta starter Mike Minor (3-2, 3.13) at an opportune time as he tries to recover from his worst outing of the season.
The left-hander gave up a total of five runs while winning three of his first four starts before allowing six runs and six hits - including two homers - in an 8-3 loss at Detroit on Sunday.
The Braves have won five of Minor's six career starts against the Mets, though he has a 6.03 ERA in this series. He limited New York to just three hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 2-0 win on Sept. 29.
John Buck , who leads the Mets with nine homers and 27 RBIs, is hitless in eight career at-bats against Minor.
The Braves have won 12 of 14 overall against the Mets.
|New York Mets|
|April 29, 2013||David Wright||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|April 23, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Lower right leg contusion|
|March 22, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Johan Santana||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|April 25, 2013||Luis Ayala||15-Day DL||Anxiety disorder|
|April 23, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Appendectomy|
|April 21, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Appendectomy|
|April 20, 2013||Dan Uggla||Day-to-Day||Left game - left calf strain|
|April 20, 2013||Blake DeWitt||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|April 16, 2013||Luis Avilan||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring injury|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Marlon Byrd was hardly surprised to see David Wright crush a home run off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel .
"We expect it," Byrd said. "He's unbelievable how he comes through. It seems like every single day we jump on his back."
Wright hit the tying home run in the ninth inning and the New York Mets scored twice in the 10th to rally for a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
The Mets, who have won two in a row after dropping six straight, scored four of their first five runs on homers - including a solo shot by Byrd in the eighth - before taking a two-run lead off Jordan Walden (1-1) in the 10th.
But it was Wright's seventh homer that stunned the crowd at Turner Field and helped hand the Braves a third straight loss and an 11th defeat in their last 16 games.
Even Wright seemed surprised that Kimbrel, who had converted 98 of 110 career save opportunities, left a fastball up in the strike zone.
"He's as dominant as anybody in the game," Wright said. "You've just got to hope he makes a minor mistake or really you don't have much of a chance."
Added Mets manager Terry Collins, "I'm not sure how many hits we've ever gotten off Kimbrel, let alone a home run."
In the 10th, pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin drew a two-out walk from Walden and stole second base when closer Bobby Parnell squared around to bunt while taking a strike on the first pitch he saw.
Collins then pulled Parnell and brought in pinch-hitter Mike Baxter in the middle of the at-bat.
After Walden hit Baxter with a pitch, Ruben Tejada followed with an RBI single to score Valdespin from second and make it 6-5.
Baxter, who advanced to third on Tejada's hit, scored on Daniel Murphy 's RBI single off Luis Avilan for a 7-5 lead. Jeurys Familia earned his first save by retiring facing the minimum in the bottom half of the 10th.
Walden gave up two runs while getting just two outs.
Parnell (2-0) got two outs for the win.
Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor retired the last 18 batters he faced, but left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with the score tied 3-all.
Minor didn't receive a decision after Byrd's solo homer off Eric O'Flaherty in the eighth made it 4-4.
Byrd helped boost New York's confidence, too, especially against an Atlanta bullpen that led the majors with a 1.94 ERA and was tied for the best opponents' batting average at .208.
"When O'Flaherty came in," Collins said, "you were hoping you were going to scratch something out."
Minor allowed three hits and three runs with no walks and four strikeouts. He left for a pinch-hitter as Tyler Pastornicky bunted in the bottom of the seventh when the Braves took their first lead at 4-3.
Minor, who gave up a season-high six runs in his last start, an 8-3 loss last Sunday at Detroit, and the left-hander got off to rough start against New York.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on John Buck 's 10th homer.
Lucas Duda made it 3-0 in the second with his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot to left-center, but then Minor settled down.
The Braves cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when B.J. Upton led off with a double and scored from second on Juan Francisco 's RBI single.
Francisco left the game one out later when he suffered a mild right ankle sprain while leading off second and was caught stealing with Schafer attempting to bunt. Pena replaced Francisco at third base.
The Braves scored twice in the fifth to make it 3-all on Simmons' RBI single off Mets starter Shaun Marcum and Justin Upton 's sacrifice fly RBI off reliever LaTroy Hawkins .
Marcum gave up six hits, three runs, three walks and struck out four in 4 1-3 innings.
In the seventh, Scott Atchison walked Pena, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Schafer drew his fourth walk, a career high, before Simmons drove in Pena to make it 4-3 with a fielder's choice RBI.
After Byrd made it 4-all, Atlanta took a 5-4 lead in the eighth when Evan Gattis hit Brandon Lyon 's first pitch for a solo homer.
But it was Wright, a six-time All-Star and the fourth team captain in franchise history, who delivered the big blow that stirred the Mets' dugout.
"There's a reason why No. 5's a star," Collins said. "He comes up with big things at big times."
Notes: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said C Brian McCann , who's on the disabled list following offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum, could be activated Monday or Tuesday at Cincinnati. ... The Mets optioned CF Collin Cowgill and called up Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas before the game. Brown went 0 for 3 and started in right. Byrd started in center. ... Since coming off the disabled list last Aug. 24 with Milwaukee, Marcum is 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance.