Final Score: Braves 9 Mets 4

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Jon Niese started for the Mets and was completely ineffective, allowing seven runs and six walks in four-plus innings.

David Wright hit a two run home run in the fourth inning – Wright has now homered in three straight games.

Jeurys Familia allowed a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in two innings of work.

The Mets only had three hits after the fourth inning.

The Mets left six men on-base, including three in the eighth inning with the tying run at the plate – they’ve now stranded 189 runners in 28 games this season.

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.

Michael Baron, Contributor

As great as the team’s win was on Friday night was as awful a loss as today was. Simply put, the Mets embarrassed themselves with poor defense and poor pitching, the third inning serving as a low point in this game. The fifth inning wasn’t much better, but between Lucas Duda’s misread, David Wright’s misplay at third, and the walks and wild pitches from Jon Niese, that third inning might have been the ugliest inning this team has had all year, and a good team like the Braves made the Mets pay for their mistakes. It’s been said many times, but if this team isn’t going to strike a lot of hitters out, their defense needs to be sharp, and it just isn’t. The thing is, it’s not just about the errors. It’s about the easy plays, misreads, plays not made due to lack of experience or players out of position – plays which don’t show up in the box score – which hurt just as much as the statistical errors, if not more.

Niese has taken a number of steps back in his progression in the early part of this season. His outings have been very characteristic of the “old Niese” who allowed crooked numbers, let bad innings compound, and couldn’t get out of his own way. He had absolutely no command this afternoon, and outside of his one start last week, he has lacked consistent command going back to his start against the Twins. Whatever the reason is, Niese must serve as a consistent force in this rotation, especially with the question marks behind he and Matt Harvey.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra

The Mets are off tomorrow, but will open a two-game series with the White Sox on Tuesday night at Citi Field, with Matt Harvey facing Chris Sale at 7:10 pm.