Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Mets 5

August, 7, 2011
8/07/11
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WHAT IT MEANS: The immediate result of Sunday's 6-5 loss is that the Mets now fall nine games behind the Braves in the National League wild card race.

The long-term implications are less clear.

Jose Reyes left the game in the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring, the same hamstring he strained last month. That injury sidelined him for 15 days. He will have an MRI later Sunday to determine the extent of this latest tweak.

Daniel Murphy left the game in the top of the seventh, a half-inning after he entered as a pinch-hitter, when he took Jose Constanza's spike directly in his lower left leg during Constanza's attempted steal of second.

Murphy was helped off the field by members of the Mets' training staff and it appeared that he was unable to put any weight on his left leg. He injured the knee, and indicated to Terry Collins the injury was severe.

The Mets, of course, would be crippled by any long-term loss of either Reyes or Murphy.

Reyes entered play Sunday hitting an NL-leading .337 with a league-high 80 runs scored. He leads baseball with 16 triples and 50 multi-hit games.

Murphy entered play on Sunday hitting .318, the fifth highest average in the National League. He's hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.

Ruben Tejada will be promoted.

The injuries prompted David Wright to play shortstop for the first time since high school.

NOT IN A 'CHIPPER' MOOD: Even at 39 years old and hobbled due to various injuries, Chipper Jones continues to torment the Mets. Pinch-hitting with one out and two on in the top of the ninth, Jones lined a single through the right side off of Bobby Parnell to drive in Alex Gonzalez and break a 5-5 tie. He returned to the lineup for the first time in nearly two weeks on Saturday after being out since July 25 with a strained right quad.

It was Jones' first go-ahead hit against the Mets in the 9th inning or later since he hit his first career homer in the ninth on May 9, 1995 off of Josias Manzanillo, according to stats guru Mark Simon from ESPN Stats & Information.

TWO PERFECT: The Mets rallied back from a 5-2 deficit with a pair of two-out rallies in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, with runners on second and third and two out, Murphy hit an infield squibber halfway down the third baseline. Jason Bay scored on the play. Nick Evans then scored on Willie Harris' single through the right side to cut the deficit to one run. The Mets tied it in the seventh on a two-out RBI double from Angel Pagan that skipped under the glove of Constanza in left.

GEE FUNK: Dillon Gee struggled mightily in his five innings on the mound Sunday. Pitching for the first time in eight days, Gee allowed five runs on six hits (three HR), hitting two, walking three and striking out four. He allowed a homer to Jason Heyward to start the second and gave up back-to-back homers to Alex Gonzalez and Jose Costanza in the fifth, which extended the Braves lead to 5-2.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187