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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Braves 5, Mets 4

By Adam Rubin

ATLANTA -- The hole keeps getting deeper for the New York Mets.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Mets, 5-4, Tuesday at Turner Field, dropping the Amazin’s 10 games under .500 for the first time this season. The Mets (37-47) also fell a season-high nine games off the division lead.

No Dice: Daisuke Matsuzaka should have one more start in the rotation. After that, Dillon Gee could be activated from the disabled list and displace him.

For the second straight start, Matsuzaka allowed five runs.

This time, with the score tied at 2 in the fourth, Matsuzaka surrendered a two-out RBI single to opposing pitcher Mike Minor. Andrelton Simmons followed with a two-run single as the Braves took a 5-2 lead.

Matsuzaka’s line: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. His season ERA now stands at 3.72.

Gee makes what potentially is his final rehab start Friday, with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Deep thoughts: Curtis Granderson homered for the second straight day, while Daniel Murphy also went deep. Murphy’s two-run shot against Minor in the fifth pulled the Mets within 5-4.

Eric Campbell and Lucas Duda followed with singles to place runners on the corners with one out. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez then summoned right-hander Shae Simmons. He coaxed a flyout from Chris Young and struck out Travis d'Arnaud to strand the potential tying run at third base.

Since his three-homer series against Oakland, C.Y. is 1-for-15 on the road trip. His average has dropped to .199. D’Arnaud actually has hit safely in all seven games since returning from Las Vegas.

Heavy lifting: Aided by one hustling catch by Juan Lagares, Carlos Torres contributed three no-hit innings in relief of Matsuzaka to keep the Mets within a run entering the ninth. The only baserunner came on a two-out throwing error by Torres to first base in the eighth.

Ouch: Jersey native Tommy La Stella departed the game with a right foot bruise, which he suffered getting hit by a pitch from Matsuzaka in the second inning.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (7-5, 2.34) in Wednesday’s 7:10 p.m. series finale.