New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel attempted to spark his lethargic lineup with a few changes, the most notable of which was inserting renowned lead off hitter Jose Reyes into the third spot in the lineup.Â For one night anyway it worked.Â Reyes went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple helping the Mets offense to score 5 runs on 9 hits and helping the Mets beat the visiting Atlanta Braves 5-2.
The Braves opened the scoring off of Mets starter John Maine.Â In the 3rd inning Omar Infante led off with a single.Â Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami sacrificed him to 2nd base.Â Infante moved to 3rd on a fly out by Nate McLouth, then Martin Prado walked putting runners on 1st and 3rd.Â Mets nemesis Chipper Jones then singled plating Infante for a 1-0 Braves lead.Â Then in the 4th inning with 2 outs and a runner on 1st base the Mets trainers approached the mound and left with Maine.Â It was later reported that he was experiencing muscle spasms and elbow pain in his left (non-pitching) arm.
Rookie sensation and lady killer Ike Davis led off the bottom of the 5th inning and hit his 1st major league home run over the bullpen into the table seating area just in front of the Shea Bridge to tie the game at 1.
In the bottom of the 6th the Mets took the lead.Â With 1 out Reyes tripled to deep center.Â The next batter, Jason Bay, followed with a triple of his own to deep right center giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.Â A David Wright sacrifice fly plated Bay and the Mets led 3-1 after 6 innings.
Hisanori Takahashi (1-1) took over when Maine left with his injury and wound up throwing 3 innings.Â He struck out 7 Braves in those 3 innings, allowing just 1 run on an RBI single with 2 outs in the 7th by the last batter he would face, Prado.Â Raul Valdes took over and got Jones to pop out to end that inning with the Mets ahead 3-2.
In the bottom of the 7th Takashi Saito took over on the mound for Atlanta.Â With 1 out Angel Pagan singled, then Luis Castillo walked putting runners on 1st and 2nd.Â Reyes then popped up and the umpires called the infield fly rule. Braves infielders ran under the windblown pop up as Reyes dejectedly jogged toward 1st base.Â Jones called it but the ball bounced off his glove and toward the 1st base line as Pagan and Castillo advanced.Â For some reason Brian McCann picked up the ball and threw it to 1st base, in the process vacating home plate.Â With no one covering Pagan took off and scored embarrassing the Braves and making it 4-2 Mets.Â Wright then singled driving in Castillo for the eventual final score of 5-2.Â Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his 2nd save of the season.