Mets Lose Lead Late, Fall to One Game Back in the Division

Matt AmlingContributor ISeptember 21, 2008

Once again the Mets' bullpen faltered today in Atlanta, giving the Braves a 7-6 win. The Mets scored four runs early in the game on hits from Carlos Delgado and a two-run homer from David Wright.

Throughout the game Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey looked good, giving up only three runs over seven innings. Joe Smith and Aaron Heilman came out of the bullpen to give up five runs to Atlanta which resulted in the Braves' 7-6 win.

The Mets did put up a fight in the ninth on a Carlos Delgado two-run homer, but ultimately fell short with Braves closer Mike Gonzalez striking out Damion Easely to end the game. On the day the Mets' lead in the wild card fell to one-and-a-half games atop the Brewers and they also fell to one game back of the Phillies.

The Mets look to rebound tomorrow night against the Cubs with rookie starter Niese in what will be Shea Stadium's final homestand.