FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- The
became the latest team to benefit from the recent meltdown of the
New York Mets
started a four-run eighth-inning rally with an RBI double and
capped it with a run-scoring single as the Braves posted a 5-2 victory over the Mets.
New York began the week by squandering a lead against Florida as closer
blew his third save opportunity of the season. Veteran lefthander
lost games on both Tuesday and Thursday, while southpaw
was tagged with his fourth blown save Wednesday - although the Mets came back to defeat Montreal.
Stanton (0-4) again was the culprit in this one, allowing two runs and two hits without retiring a batter. A one-time Brave, Stanton had his ERA balloon to 13.09 against his former team.
"These games are getting hard to swallow," Stanton said. "I'm making mistakes and they're getting hit. I have to stop making mistakes. We just have to keep making quality pitches. There is not a whole lot more to say."
With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead,
led off the eighth against Stanton with a single and scored when
hit a double to the gap that left fielder
had difficulty fielding.
"This team never gives up,"
said. "It's hard to beat us and we come to play. I knew that last at-bat, if I don't come through, I'm going home."
relieved Stanton and retired
before issuing consecutive walks to All-Star
, loading the bases.
Looper was brought in to face pinch hitter
, who lifted a sacrifice fly to plate pinch runner
and put Atlanta ahead, 3-2.
and Giles followed with RBI singles to expand the advantage.
(8-7) benefited from the rally, getting the win after allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings with five walks and four strikeouts. He did his best work in the first inning, escaping a bases-loaded, none-out jam to keep the Mets off the scoreboard.
"I pulled a rabbit out of my hat in the first," Thomson admitted.
struck out two in the eighth and
tossed a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
The victory was the Braves' eighth when trailing after seven innings, tying Philadelphia and Minnesota for the major league lead.
"A lot of that success reflects on our bullpen," Atlanta manager
said. "When we hold them, we can come back and score."
New York starter
labored through five innings, throwing 117 pitches while allowing one run and four hits. The lefthander walked five and struck out four but lowered his ERA to 0.68 in his last 12 home starts.
"I don't think any starting pitcher should ever be satisfied," Leiter said. "Five innings is unacceptable. A starting pitcher should go longer than five."
Both teams wasted chances in the first inning as Leiter stranded a runner on third and the Mets left the bases loaded. Estrada gave the Braves a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the second, but Leiter escaped a bases-loaded situation in the third to keep the Mets' deficit at a minimum.
tied the game in the third with a run-scoring single and
put New York ahead in the fifth with an RBI double.