Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/17/12

The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves, 9-3 at Turner Field on Tuesday evening:

Johan Santana started for the Mets and was inefficient over 1 1/3 innings — his shortest outing of his career — allowing six runs (four earned) on four hits and one walk:

Santana had allowed just one earned run over ten innings pitched in his first two starts, but the wheels fell off during his second inning of work on Tuesday evening. Dan Uggla got things started for Atlanta with a six pitch walk before advancing to second on a Matt Diaz single to center.  Both players came around to score on back-to-back double by Freddie Freeman and Tyler Pastornicky.  With runners on first and second, Randall Delgado laid down a sacrifice bunt. On the play, Ike Davis attempted to get the lead runner at third, but an errant throw allowed a run to score while allowing Delgado and Pastornicky to advance to second and third.  Michael Bourn followed with an RBI ground out before a Jason Heyward single ended Johan’s night with the Mets trailing 6-0.  Following the game, Santana told reporters he felt OK, but just didn’t have it:

I feel fine, it was just a rough one.  Get behind in the count and they hit the ball a couple times in the right spot. They took advantage of it, made me throw a lot of pitches.  Even though I felt good. I warmed up and felt good. But, it’s just one of those days that things didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. … Today was just a rough day.  Just bounce back and come back again and see what happens.”

WRIGHT STAYS HOT: David Wright collected two hits in four at-bats on Tuesday night and has now reached base two or more times in a club record eight straight games.  On the year Wright is batting .517 (15-for-29) with two homeruns and five runs batted in:

OFFENSE: Daniel Murphy and Kirk Nieuwenhuis each collected two hits:

THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW: The Mets conclude their series with the Braves tomorrow afternoon when R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08 ERA) opposes Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 7.71).

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