Atlanta (63-32) didn't waste anytime getting to Jae Weong Seo (5-6). In the bottom of the first, after Rafael Furcal began the game by flying out to center, Mark DeRosa drew a walk and Gary Sheffield singled. Consecutive singles by Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones gave the Braves an early 2-0 lead.
Robert Fick worked a walk to load the bases before Javy Lopez ripped a single into left field to plate two more runs. The following batter, Vinny Castilla, grounded into a double play to end the frame.
The Mets (40-55) committed five errors for the second time this season that led to two unearned runs. Cliff Floyd added two of those as part of the four-run Atlanta first.
Gary Sheffield began the fifth by hitting his twenty-third homer of the year over the left center field wall against Pedro Feliciano. He added another, his twenty-four, with a three-run shot in the eighth off Graeme Lloyd. The outfielder finished the contest by going 5-for-5 with 5 RBI.
It was the first time he had five hits in a game in eight years.
Javy Lopez -- who went 2-for-4 with 5 RBI -- added another single in the fifth to drive home Chipper Jones.
Jae Seo -- who got a no decision after giving up two earned runs in six innings in his last start against Philadelphia -- worked four innings and was charged for five runs, four earned, and five walks while walking three and fanning two.
OF Sheffield is now 19-for-40 with five homers and twelve RBIs against the Mets this season... C Mike Piazza joined Ted Robinson and Gary Cohen in the radio booth during the game... The Mets recalled RHP Edwin Almonte from Norfolk before the game and optioned OF Prentice Redman to Triple-A Norfolk... LHP Tom Glavine (6-9, 4.73) opposes Russ Ortiz (12-4, 3.51) on Saturday afternoon...