R.A. Dickey pitched 8 brilliant innings, and the Mets scored early and often to bury the Braves Sunday night.  They are now 28-31 on the year.

For the second straight start, R.A. Dickey pitched a great game.  The only run he allowed was Brian McCann’s leadoff 7th inning solo shot, and by that point the Mets had already built up a 6-0 lead.  They scored all 6 runs in the first 5 innings and were able to jump on Braves starter Tim Hudson early — after 2 innings, it was already 4-0.  Carlos Beltran, who drove in Jose Reyes for the first Mets run, fouled a ball off his right shin in the 2nd inning.  He had to leave the game, but x-rays eventually came back negative.

Taking note, Fred? (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In continuing with recent trends, the Mets bullpen wavered a bit — K-Rod allowed a 3-run shot to Diory Hernandez in the 9th to pull the deficit to 6-4.  But that would be all the Braves would get, as he would strike out Eric Hinske and Joe Mather to end the game.

3 Up:

-Team Hitting: The hits were spread around — 7 out of the 9 starters got a hit.

-R.A. Dickey: Once again did everything he could to spare the Mets’ shaky bullpen.  It looks like he’s finally getting his season on track.

-Jose Reyes/Daniel Murphy: 1 & 2 on the team in batting average and continue to lead the way — combined for 4 hits and 2 runs scored tonight.

3 Down:

-The Bullpen: Manny Acosta couldn’t stick around for the final out in the 9th inning despite pitching with a 6-1 lead, and it forced the Mets to use K-Rod.

-Beltran’s Foul Ball: For a team that already has Ike Davis and David Wright out, this would be a huge loss.  Hopefully it isn’t serious.

-Ronny Paulino: 0-4 on the night, but he gets a pass — he’s still hitting .305 on the year.

On Deck: The Mets fly to Milwaukee to start a 3-game set with the Brewers on Tuesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 PM.

NYM Capuano (3-6, 5.19 ERA) vs. MIL Marcum (6-2, 2.78 ERA)