Bobby Parnell surrendered a game-deciding sacrifice fly to Brian McCann in the 10th and David Wright flied out with runners on the corners to end the game as the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Chipper Jones, in his farewell to Flushing, walked on four pitches as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was replaced by a pinch runner. He received a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout, capping warm treatment by Mets fans for the most part all weekend.
The Mets dropped to 4-18 at Citi Field in the second half. They have failed to exceed three runs in 10 straight home games. That's one shy of matching the franchise record, set in 1966 and duplicated in 1979.
Tonight, the Mets open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.27 ERA) makes his third major league start, opposite left-hander Gio Gonzalez (18-7, 2.98). Gonzalez is tied with R.A. Dickey for the major league lead in wins. Dickey faces right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday. Matt Harvey makes his second-to-last 2012 start in Wednesday's series finale. Harvey faces left-hander John Lannan, who replaces shut-down Stephen Strasburg.
Monday's news reports:
• Chipper ultimately went 0-for-7 with two walks in his final series in Flushing. Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:
Showing their class, the 23,161 fans gave Jones a warm send-off, a standing ovation, mixed with some diehard boos, as he came to the plate, and then another standing ovation as he left the field. Three steps from the dugout, Jones took off his helmet to acknowledge the cheers. It was a wonderful baseball moment. “It was cool,’’ Jones said. “I heard a bunch of boos in there, smattered, but for once the cheers outnumbered the boos.’’ Jones also brought out the lineup card, snapped a picture with the umpires, and was cheered.
“You can’t say enough about the fans in New York this year, they’ve been awfully supportive, both in person, out on the field, on Twitter,’’ Chipper explained. “The Mets organization rolled out the red carpet all weekend and has been extremely nice. I’m very appreciative.’’
• The Mets will open the 2013 season at home against San Diego, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com. The first road trip will take the Mets to Colorado and an interleague series at Minnesota. The Mets face the American League Central in addition to the Yankees next year. San Diego opened Citi Field with the Mets on April 13, 2009.
• The Brooklyn Cyclones received a Eudy Pina solo homer but no other scoring and lost to Hudson Valley, 8-1, Sunday. The teams play a winner-take-all Game 3 in the opening round of the New York-Penn League playoffs tonight at Hudson Valley. Read the minor league recap here.
TRIVIA: Who had a leadoff homer in the first regular-season game at Citi Field?
Sunday's answer: Chipper's full name is Larry Wayne Jones.