Braves fail in clutch, lose 4th straight

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Andrelton Simmons is cool. Losing four straight is not going to change the Atlanta Braves' mood.

The Braves came up empty against Dillon Gee in his return from the disabled list, wasting a strong effort from Ervin Santana in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

"I do not think anybody is worried about it, nobody is concerned," the Braves' shortstop said. "You have hot streaks and cold streaks. We are going to be fine. Just have to keep battling."

The Braves went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in losing their third straight in a four-game series against the Mets after sweeping them in Atlanta last week. The Braves dropped a game behind first-place Washington in the NL East after surging to the top of the division with a nine-game winning streak.

Atlanta has scored just eight runs over the skid and is 5 for 38 (.132) with runners in scoring position over that span.

"When we were winning nine in a row we were driving in the runs in situational hitting," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Obviously we are not doing that now."

The Mets, on the other hand, have won four straight for the first time in a year.

Gee (4-1) returned from a two-month absence and pitched seven-plus dominant innings against the free-swinging Braves.

"They are a real aggressive team. They always have been," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They are very, very dangerous. They live and die with that tremendous power throughout their lineup."

That powerful lineup has not homered during the drought.

Mets catcher Travis D'Arnaud had the only homer Wednesday, a two-run shot in the seventh that came two pitches after Kirk Nieuwenhuis gave New York a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly. The drive to left field off Santana (7-6) gave New York a homer in nine straight games at Citi Field, a team record for the stadium that opened in 2009.

David Wright got the tiebreaking rally in the seventh started with a lazy liner to left-center that he turned into a double when left fielder Justin Upton took a lackadaisical approach to getting the ball in. Wright advanced to third on Lucas Duda's fly to right.

Duda gave the Mets an early lead with a two-out RBI single in the first. B.J Upton's RBI double in the fifth after Santana had an infield hit tied it 1-all.