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The Mets headed into the home stretch of the season a half game behind Philly and one-and-a-half games ahead of the Brewers. After losing two out of three to the Braves, their wild card lead stays the same but they lost a game in the standings to the Phillies. Here’s what happened down at Turner Field over the weekend.

Friday, Mets 9-5: Back in First

With the game tied at five in the eighth inning, Daniel Murphy was sent up to pinch hit with runners on first and second and one out. Was there any doubt he would come through? He lofted a long shot to left-center for a double, driving in both runners. He’s patient. He’s clutch. He’s a student of hitting. Let’s just hope he’s not another Gregg Jefferies or Mike Vail. Jose Reyes led off the game with a home run (again), and racked up three hits, two RBIs, a stolen base and scored three runs. Nick Evans smashed a looong homer to center field. David Wright showed signs of breaking out of his funk with an RBI double and RBI single. He still looks like he’s in a fog wherever he is between the lines, though. He’s running the bases like he’s sleepwalking and made another bad throwing error, which led to the Braves second run. But he wasn’t alone, as the defense for both teams was clown-like. Reyes and Ryan Church both committed errors, and the Braves countered with dropped balls and a botched rundown. Oliver Perez wiggled his way out of a fifth-inning, bases-loaded, nobody-out jam, only letting in one run. He kept the Mets in the game with his six innings of work and minimized the damage all night. That seems to be his story in his last 10 games or so. He’s due for a couple of dominating performances. Jerry Manuel “only” had to use five relievers to get through the last three innings. Brian Stokes had a great bounce-back game, finishing off the victory with two scoreless innings.

Saturday, Braves 4-2: Back in Second

When Pedro Martinez is your offensive star, you know it’s going to be a rough night. This seemed like one of those you-can’t-win-’em-all games. No meltdowns, no drama, just a routine loss. Pedro was rocked for three runs in the first inning, then threw up goose eggs the next four, and finally allowed one more run in the sixth. And with runners on first and second and two outs, he smacked a double to right-center driving in all the Mets runs. In his last six starts, he’s given up less than four runs only once. He’s treading water in mediocrity and looks pretty depressed about it. Besides Pedro, the offense did nothing. Bobby Parnell made his second big league appearance and has retired every hitter he’s faced. Why does watching Braves closer Mike Gonzalez perform his rocking back and forth act make me want to punch him in the face?

Sunday, Braves 7-6: Still in Second

We’ve seen this game before. The offense scores early and then fails to capitalize with runners on base, the starting pitcher goes six innings and leaves the game with the lead, and the bullpen finishes it off with a disastrous performance. The same old cast of characters were paraded out of the bullpen (six in all), and they combined to give up four runs on five hits in two innings. Aaron Heilman? Are you kidding me? The same guys fail time and time again. How about throwing Bobby parnell into the game? He can’t be any worse than anybody else. It looked like it wasn’t going to be Mike Pelfrey‘s day, but he recovered to put up a decent performance. His biggest mistake was leaving the game. David Wright had his third two-hit game in a row and hit a two-run bomb. Carlos Delgado racked up four hits and made things interesting in the ninth with a two-run tater. And I still want to punch Mike Gonzalez in the face.

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