FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) -- After one bad pitch, everything fell into place for
Byrd pitched eight strong innings and J.D. Drew had four hits and three RBI as the
New York Mets
, 7-1, to earn a split of their twi-night doubleheader.
hit Byrd's first pitch of the game over the right-center field fence for his 29th homer. But the former Met immediately settled down. He allowed six hits the rest of the way without walking a batter and striking out four.
"I just took a deep breath and started all over," Byrd said after allowing Cameron's homer. "I got the shutout out of the way and started to make good pitches."
Byrd (7-5), who pitched in New York in 1995 and 1996, is 8-1 lifetime against the Mets, including a pair of wins this season. He missed all of last season after undergoing "
" surgery on his right elbow.
The eight inning-effort was particularly pleasing to manager
after the Braves were forced to play 12 innings on Sunday against Montreal.
"He came up big," Cox said. "We were counting on him after we burned the bullpen yesterday and had a doubleheader today."
retired the side in order the ninth.
Cameron led off the game with a homer for the first time since May 19, 2000 with Seattle.
Cameron also was part of a solid defensive play for the Mets in the first. He chased down a double by
in center field and threw to second baseman
, whose relay throw nailed Drew trying to score from first.
But that was one of the few highlights for the Mets, who lost for the 20th time in their last 23 games.
"It's getting old, this losing," Cameron said. "It's every day. Even when you're 25, 30, 40 games out, there is a certain pride you have to take when you get on the field. At this point in the season. Someone should be (ticked) off about it.
"Everybody that comes in here is very, very comfortable. We don't put fear in anyone."
Cameron's frustration comes after the The New York Daily News reported Monday that manager
would be fired at the end of the season. Mets general manager Jim Duquette said before the first game Monday that no decision has been made on Howe's future.
While Byrd was cruising, it was another long night for Jae Seo (4-10), who lasted just four innings and allowed five runs and seven hits. The Korean righthander fell to 1-7 in his last 15 starts at Shea Stadium.
Most of his troubles came in a four-run third. Seo walked Byrd and allowed a single to
before Drew delivered a two-out, two-run double to left-center field.
was walked intentionally and rookie
hit another two-run double to almost the same spot to make it 4-1.
Drew was 6-for-9 in the doubleheader and drove in five runs.
"It just worked out well," Drew said. "I had some decent swings."
It was far less enjoyable for Seo, who became flustered after walking the opposing pitcher.
"Things started to go downhill after that," Seo said through an interpreter. "The command of my pitches weren't there."
drove in the fifth Atlanta run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
added another sacrifice fly in the ninth. Drew had an RBI single in the seventh.
New York put runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth before Byrd retired
"It seems like we can't get the job done and put the pressure on their starter," Cameron said. "It seems like we're always the ones getting pressure applied to us."