In the first game of the three game series in Atlanta, the Mets picked up their 33rd win of the season and climbed within one game of the .500 mark. Jonathon Niese gave the Mets a solid outing and the offense did enough to give the Mets the win.

New York Mets' Jon Niese pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a baseball game, June 14, 2011, in Atlanta.

Niese was nice

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What Happened:

As is usually the case, the Mets go as Jose Reyes goes. Tonight was no different as Reyes led off the game with an infield single and proceeded to steal second. After a Willie Harris walk, Carlos Beltran singled home Reyes and the Mets were up 1-0 before an out was recorded. The Braves responded in the bottom of the 2nd with an RBI single.

New York wasted no time regaining the lead, plating two in the top of the 3rd. Once again, it was Jose Reyes leading the inning off with a single, followed by a single by Harris. Reyes then stole his second base of the night, putting him on 3rd base with no outs. Following a Daniel Murphy walk, and Carlos Beltran pop out, Angel Pagan singled home Reyes, and Lucas Duda earned an RBI by way of a sacrifice fly scoring Harris.

The Mets would plate their fourth run of the game in the top of the 6th, and once again, Jose Reyes was in the middle of the play. Ruben Tejada led off the inning with a walk and Jonathon Niese successfully sacrificed him in to scoring position. Jose Reyes ripped an RBI single into left center field giving the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Jon Niese pitched an effective 6.1 innings allowing only two runs on five hits while walking none. His ERA is now a respectable 3.46 after his slow start to the season. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 19th save of the season pitching a perfect final frame, striking out two.

Side Notes:

-Jose Reyes is playing out of his mind right now. He’s hitting .346 on the season and stole another two bases to give him 22 on the season. He’ll be an All-Star come July, but it’d be a shame if he isn’t in the starting lineup in Arizona.

-Is it me, or are the Mets a  better team without Jason Bay in the lineup? I don’t like to bash him, but if anyone ever needed a change of scenery, it’s this guy.

What’s Next?

Another two games in Atlanta. Tomorrow’s first pitch, 7.10

NYM Dillon Gee (7-0) 3.05 ERA vs. ATL Tim Hudson (5-5) 4.06 ERA