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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Braves 14, Mets 6

By Adam Rubin

WHAT IT MEANS: David Wright achieved a career milestone while R.A. Dickey had one snapped as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves, 14-6, Wednesday afternoon at soggy Turner Field.

The Mets finished their road trip to Philly and Atlanta at 3-3. They are 7-5 overall. The 14 runs allowed are the most since a 14-1 loss against Arizona on Aug. 1, 2010.

Wright drove in three runs to match Darryl Strawberry’s record for career RBIs as a Met at 733.

Wright delivered a two-run double in the third inning against Jair Jurrjens, which gave the Mets a 3-2 lead at the time. He then matched Strawberry on what was ruled a run-scoring infield single in the fifth that pulled the Mets within 6-4.

Incidentally, only two franchises' career RBI leaders have fewer than the Mets' 733. That would be the Marlins (Mike Lowell, 578 RBIs) and Rays (Carl Crawford, 592). Next after Wright and Straw: Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks, 774 and Tim Wallach, Expos/Nats, 905.

Also, Wright is now the first major leaguer to reach base safely at least twice in each of his first nine games in a season since Mike Cameron with the Seattle Mariners in 2002, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Dickey’s streak of quality starts, which had been the longest active in the majors, ended at 14. Juan Francisco, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered against the knuckleballer, who ultimately was charged with eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The run total against Dickey fell one shy of matching the most runs allowed in a start in his career, and was the most since he allowed eight in two innings while with Seattle against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 20, 2008.

Uggla had been 0-for-24 in his career against Dickey before a two-run long ball in the third.

DEEP THINKING: Ike Davis homered three times in the final four games of the trip, including a second-inning long ball Wednesday against Jurrjens. Davis’ three-run tiebreaking homer in the series opener against Tommy Hanson sparked a 6-1 victory.

LEADING MAN: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, in his first major league game assigned to the leadoff spot, reached base four times as part of a career-high three-hit day. He produced an RBI single in the sixth that pulled the Mets within 8-5. Nieuwenhuis also scored three times.

Nieuwenhuis and Jason Bay stole bases, giving the Mets three as a team this season. Mike Baxter had the other, in Philadelphia.

WHAT’S NEXT: After a team off-day Thursday, the Mets play host to Angel Pagan and the San Francisco Giants. The four-game series is the Mets’ first matchup with a non-division opponent. Jon Niese (2-0, 2.13 ERA) opposes fellow southpaw Barry Zito (1-0, 1.13) in Friday’s series opener. Struggling Tim Lincecum (0-2, 10.54 ERA) is due to pitch Sunday.