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Braves 6, Mets 1

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ATLANTA -- The New York Mets failed to hit a first-inning home run for the first time in four games, but they made up for it with Ike Davis's three-run homer with two outs in the top of the sixth and Jason Bay's solo shot to lead off the ninth, beating the Atlanta Braves 6-1 Monday.

Neither team was expecting the kind of thumping the Mets administered in their three-game sweep in the season-opening series at Citi Field. And through five innings, only five balls had been hit to the outfield: four by the Mets and one by the Braves. Jack Wilson was robbed in the fifth when Bay pulled the ball back into the park.

That would have been Wilson's second RBI, as he drove in a run on a groundout in the second inning. The Mets tied the game 1-1 on their own groundout in the third by Ruben Tejada, an unearned run after Braves starter Tommy Hanson threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt at first base.

It was that kind of night for Hanson, whose wild pitch in the seventh allowed Josh Thole to score. Still, he pitched seven innings, the third consecutive game in which a Braves starter pitched seven innings after no starter in the first seven games of the season managed to pitch more than five innings.

Dillon Gee (1-1) got Mets killer Chipper Jones to ground out three times, and Jones flied out off Jon Rauch in the eighth.

Rauch and Tim Byrdak each pitched a scoreless inning after Gee went seven strong innings, allowing the lone run on four hits.

Hanson (1-2) was charged with five runs, four earned, in seven innings.

Jason Heyward, the only other Atlanta regular besides Jones with a batting aver .300, went 2-for-3, and he also got on base on catcher's interference.

NOTES: Bay was back in the Mets' lineup after missing Sunday's game with a jammed right ring finger. The swelling was down, and he was able to grip a bat and swing when he tested it before Monday's game. ... Mets manager Terry Collins is trying to find a time to give Tejada a day off. As of now, he's eyeing Wednesday's day game. ... Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez gave first baseman Freddie Freeman and shortstop Tyler Pastornicky the start off. Eric Hinske, the last Atlanta position player to get a start, was at first base. Veteran Jack Wilson, who has been used mostly in late innings for defense, started at short. ... The Braves announced that they will retire former right-hander John Smoltz's No. 29 in a ceremony on June 8, following similar honors bestowed on his longtime teammates Greg Maddux (in 2009) and Tom Glavine (in 2010). "I can't think what life would be like without those two," Smoltz said in a conference call.
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