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Braves Blown Out Early By Mets In 12-2 Defeat

The Braves lead in the wild card race is down to just 3.5 games after an embarrassing 12-2 defeat at Turner Field on Friday night.

Derek Lowe was plastered by a Mets lineup that had scored 15 runs in their past six games entering the series. The veteran starter, who Fredi Gonzalez is planning to use in the playoffs should the team make it, lasted just 2.1 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk.

After throwing a complete game in his last start against Atlanta, Chris Capuano was nearly as good his second time around. The lefty worked six innings and allowed just two runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out six and worked out of trouble on multiple occasions.

David Wright homered twice and drove in five runs, Lucas Duda recorded four hits and Jose Reyes reached base four times. The Mets bullpen did not allow a single hit in four innings of work.

As for the Braves, Chipper Jones drove in a run in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to center field that score Michael Bourn easily. Martin Prado, who has shown signs of life the last few days, hit a solo-home run in the second inning.

The team will turn to Tim Hudson on Saturday afternoon as they look to get back on track. The game will be aired nationally on FOX.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.