April 8, 2007


McCann, Francoeur rally Braves past Mets (Charles Odum, 4/08/07, AP)

Kelly Johnson hit the first pitch from Hernandez about six rows deep into the right-field seats for his second homer.

The Mets answered when Shawn Green and Ramon Castro hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning for a 2-1 lead that held until the eighth.

Atlanta's Kyle Davies, making his first start of the season, didn't allow another run. He gave up four hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings. Davies matched his career high with eight strikeouts and walked three.

Davies, recalled from Triple-A Richmond on Wednesday, was removed from the game with two outs in the seventh after giving up a single to Moises Alou and a walk to pinch-hitter Julio Franco. Chad Paronto ended the inning when Jose Reyes popped out.

A great series in which the Mets got better starting pitching than they can expect generally but still got outpitched. Omar Minaya is going to have to use some of the talent in that farm system to acquire help at some point. They still need a real second baseman and a starter or two just to be the best team inthe division.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 8, 2007 5:09 PM
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