Larry Jones did what he always does against the Mets — kill them late in a game.  In this one, the hit came with 2 outs in the 8th to drive in Jason Heyward for the winning score.  The Mets drop to 72-80 with the loss.

This one was a great pitcher’s duel between Tim Hudson and R. A. Dickey.  It also showed the difference between good teams and mediocre teams.  The Braves, likely headed for extra games in October, did what they needed to grab the close W.  In the late stages of a scoreless game, Heyward led off the 8th by working a walk, got bunted over to second, and then got driven in by Larry.  That would be enough to sink the Mets’ overwhelmed lineup, which was dominated by Hudson and Craig Kimbrel (a combined 13 K’s).

At least the defense was sharp (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

3 Up:

-The pitching: The teams combined for just 7 hits.

-Ruben Tejada: Collected half of the team’s hits against Hudson.

-Efficiency: The game was completed in a timely 2 hours and 22 minutes.

3 Down:

-Ruben Tejada: Struck out to end the 7th with 2 runners on.

-The Overall Lineup: In 5 of the past 6 games, they’ve scored 2 or less runs (all losses).

-September: It’s generally a pretty bad month for the Mets — from 2007 to present, their combined September record is 54-72.

On Deck: Rubber game tomorrow, first pitch scheduled for 1:35 PM.

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