Nothing like the Mets to get you going.
The Braves took the lead in the second inning when Derrek Lee reached on a one-out infield single and the revitalized Nate McLouth doubled. (The reliably useless Tim McCarver complained that McLouth didn’t get to third. I hate to agree with McCarver, so I won’t.) The Braves left two on after Matt Diaz was intentionally walked and Tim Hudson struck out, but it’s a lead.
Hudson gave up a double and a single with one out in the bottom of the inning, but got out of it with a couple of strikeouts. In the third, he allowed a homer to Jose Reyes to tie it. In general, Hudson pitched around problems; the Mets’ runs came on solo homers. Good timing, I guess.
Alex Gonzalez came through with with the big hit in the fourth, a one-out double to score Brian McCann and Lee, only to be thrown out at third, McCarver. Former Braves farmhand Luis Hernandez hit the Mets’ second solo homer, on a broken foot, in the fifth.
Johnny Venters gave up a leadoff single in the eighth, but got a DP to get out of it. McLouth hit a solo homer in the ninth to make it 4-2, and Billy Wagner struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.