Dillon Gee, D.J. Carrasco, Bobby Parnell, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for a 2-hit shutout to blank the Braves on a stormy night.  Bobby Parnell got the win, and the Mets brought their record to the .500 level — 34-34.

Gee entered the game looking to extend his record to 8-0.  Had the weather permitted, he probably would’ve done so — he was dominant the first 4 innings, only allowing 1 hit and striking out 5.  But the rain clouds had other plans — by the time the game resumed over an hour later he was long gone, one inning short of qualifying for the victory.

On the hitting side, once again, Jose Reyes provided the initial spark.  He doubled to lead off the game and then advanced to 3rd on a throwing error by Jason Heyward.  Rubin Tejada drove him in via groundout, and that was really all the Mets would need.  Angel Pagan hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to push the lead to 3-0, and (who else?) Reyes drove in the final run of the game in the 7th on a groundout.

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3 Up:

-The Pitching: Simply dominant.  9 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, and 12 strikeouts.

-Jason Bay: Maybe showing some signs of life?  2-4 with a stolen base.  True, they were both singles, but we’ll take anything we can get from him at this point…

-Angel Pagan: Today’s star at the plate, with his 2-run bomb.

3 Down:

-Pagan: Weird baserunning mistake, when he tried to steal second in the 8th inning — he was thrown out because he didn’t slide.  Let’s hope the brainfarts don’t pop up in a big situation.

-Lucas Duda: 0-3 with 2 strikeouts, although he had a key walk in the 7th.  He continues to look overmatched at the plate — he’s only hitting .139.

-3/4 Hitters: Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy combined to go 1-8 on the night.

On Deck: The Mets will look to sweep the series, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM.

NYM Dickey (3-7, 3.98 ERA) vs. ATL Minor (0-2, 4.50 ERA)