Atlanta Braves defeat New York Mets, 8-3

The Mets had another opportunity to show Johan Santana the kind of love they had for their other starters during their seven-game win streak when he took the mound for the first game of a three-game series against Atlanta at Citi Field Monday night.

They were facing Derek Lowe - the pitcher the Mets didn't get during the offseason to supplant Oliver Perez.

Again, the Mets batters turned into statues and hung Santana out to dry in an 8-3 loss that brought their feel-good...

Johan Santana and Derek Lowe are neighbors who live three homes apart in Fort Myers, Fla., during the offseason. They could have been teammates, too, if the Mets had anted up.

Of course, Lowe would have been no good to Santana in the home dugout last night. Not that Santana's actual teammates were much help, either.

Despite Santana lowering his league-best ERA to 0.78, the Mets' seven-game winning streak ended with their ace on the mound. Jose Reyes' seventh-inning e...