Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/14/12

ATLANTA -- The power at Turner Field went out with a bang with one strike on New York Mets catcher Josh Thole in the second inning Friday.

That should have been a bad omen for the Mets, already down 2-0 to the Braves, but New York made a game of it before the Braves clamped down for a 7-5 win.

"We were able to hold on," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

After spotting the Braves a 5-0 lead through three innings -- and after a 16-minute delay while the lights came back on -- the Mets batted around and struck back for four in the fourth.

Neither starter lasted long on a muggy night.

New York's Chris Young (2-3) was gone after three innings, and Atlanta's Tim Hudson was out after facing two batters in the fifth. Pitchers came and went on both sides after that, including the Mets' Josh Edgin, who made his major league debut. Edgin gave up a home run to Chipper Jones in the sixth, when the Braves tacked on two more runs.

Cristhian Martinez (4-1) ended up with the win; he retired three consecutive Mets with the bases loaded in the fifth.

"We've said it many, many times." Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When we pitch, we have a chance to win. And when we don't pitch, it's tough for us because we don't have a lot of power."

David Ross' two-out, three-run homer in the third inning appeared to take all the drama out of the first game of the three-game series. However, Braves starters have had trouble with the shutdown inning, and Hudson was no exception. No sooner had Ross put the Braves up by five runs than the Mets touched Hudson for four runs.

Ross, who also had three walks, started in place of Brian McCann, who was away from the club for the birth of his son. McCann sent a picture of the hours-old baby, Cort, and wished Ross good luck.

"I'm really glad to play well for him," Ross said.

Young, drenched in sweat from the start, issued three first-inning walks, including one to Ross with the bases loaded. But what knocked the veteran right-hander out of the game after only three innings was the Mets' fourth-inning scoring opportunity. Young's teammates had three runs and had a runner on first when his spot in the order came up.

"It's one of those games where you hope to get through the first couple and find it later in the game, and I just dug us in too big a hole," Young said.

NOTES: McCann plans to return Saturday. In the meantime, the Braves placed him on paternity leave and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Braves announced that right-hander Ben Sheets would start Sunday, his first major league start since July 19, 2010, when he pitched for the Oakland A's against the Boston Red Sox. The Braves hadn't decided who will be the odd man out in the rotation, but left-hander Mike Minor and right-hander Randall Delgado were available in the bullpen Friday night. ... With Atlanta rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the disabled list due to a non-displaced fracture of his right little finger, veteran Jack Wilson got start Friday. He went 0-for-2. ... Lefty Jonny Venters, on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow, threw on flat ground during the Braves' workout at Turner Field on Thursday. He said his arm felt great. ... Collins said left fielder Jason Bay would be back with the Mets as soon as Bay thinks his swing is ready. "That's the bat we've been looking to find," Collins said before the game, "the right-handed bat." ... Mets right-hander Frank Francisco won't throw Saturday after saying he didn't feel right. He will be re-evaluated Sunday. ... The possibility of Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey pitching on short rest next week to fill the void created by the absence of right-hander Dillon Gee has come up, but Collins isn't crazy about it because of how it impacts the rest of the rotation. ... The Mets didn't take batting practice thanks to a sudden rain shower two hours before the scheduled start time.

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