Posted by Craig Mitchell at 9:49 PM
Thursday night at Citi Field, Mike Minor had a perfect game into the 5th inning. The Braves beat the Mets 6-1. Minor and Jonathon Niese hooked up in a pitching duel for most of this one. The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Minor connected with an RBI single to score Andrelton Simmons. Minor was perfect until Lucas Duda led off the bottom of the 5th with a line single over the glove of a leaping Simmons at short. In the 7th, the Braves got to Niese as he tired, Minor led off with a double, and then was followed by an RBI triple by Emilio Bonifacio and a RBI single by Freddie Freeman. The Mets scored their only run of the game in the 8th when Eric Campbell singled home Travis d’Arnaud who had doubled. The Braves capped the scoring off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the 9th with a 2 run homer by Ryan Doumit (4) and an RBI single by Bonifacio. Niese takes the loss falling to 7-10. He went 7 allowed 8 hits 3 runs (all earned) he walked 1 and struck out 5. Minor gets the win improving to 6-8. The Mets fall to 10 games under .500 as they drop 2 of 3 to the Braves. They stand at 62-72 and 31-34 at home. Friday night the Phillies come in for a three game weekend series. Jacob deGrom (6-6 3.13) goes for the Mets, David Buchanan (6-7 4.21) goes for Philadelphia.