The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. Their losing streak finally comes to an end at seven. The Mets return to CitiField with a 5-11 record to face a struggling Houston Astros squad.

Reyes and Thole make a good duo at the top

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The Scoop:

Dillon Gee took the mound against Tommy Hanson in the final game of the series. Gee was very efficient on the hill, as he gave the Mets the perfect opportunity to end their losing skid. The Mets scored early on singles from Josh Thole and Ike Davis, driving in two runs in the first inning. Gee saw trouble in the second inning when he allowed an opposite field triple to Dan Uggla with no outs. Thereafter, he walked Eric Hinske and gave up a single to Freddie Freeman that scored the first Braves run. He settled in the rest of the game, as that would be the only run that would cross against him. Jason Isringhausen narrowed the Mets lead to 3-2 in the 8th inning, yielding a solo home run to young slugger Jason Heyward. Frankie Rodriguez came in to close out the game and made it interesting as usual. But, in the end, K-Rod earned his second save of the season, and the Mets won their first game in a week.

The Positives:

Gee Whiz: Dillon Gee was called up to make a spot start in place of the injured Chris Young. The soon-to-be 25-year old went 5 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters. With Young on the 15-day DL, we are likely to get at least one more look at Gee on the mound.

1-2 Punch: Terry Collins decided to bat Josh Thole in the two hole after Jose Reyes and it was a success. The two combined for a 4 for 8 campaign, with 3 runs, 2 rbis, a walk, and a stolen base. They scored the only runs of the game. Roll with the punches!

The Negatives:

He’s No Angel: Angel Pagan is still in a slump. Today, he sacrifice bunted TWICE in the six hole. The second time, he popped into a double play. Pagan was 0 for 3 in the game, with two strikeouts, and he is 1 for his last 18 at the plate.

Interesting Facts:

8: Multi-hit games for Jose Reyes through 16 games.

14: Times the Mets struck out tonight.

19: Hate to talk about individual strikeouts this early in the season, but David Wright is on the same pace as last year: 19 whiffs in only 16 games.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to continue their turnaround against the Houston Astros at CitiField Tuesday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Jonathon Niese (0-2) 6.88 ERA vs. HOU Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) 7.31 ERA