New York Mets defeat Atlanta Braves, 6-4

ATLANTA - Oliver Perez has been banished to the bullpen rather than Buffalo or Binghamton.

Five starts into a three-year, $36 million contract, the struggling southpaw was informed Monday that he will work in relief until he can right himself. GM Omar Minaya won't rule out a demotion to the minors if Perez's struggles continue in his new role as part of MLB's most expensive relief corps.

Perez, who refused comment, is 1-2 with a 9.97 ERA and has allowed 28 hits and 2...

ATLANTA - Maybe the Mets do have an edge. Well, at least a pulse.

Carlos Beltran slugged a pair of two-run homers and David Wright also had a two-run shot as the Mets beat the Braves, 6-4, Monday night at Turner Field.

Beltran's 26th multihomer game extended his hitting streak to 15 games, which matches a career high he also accomplished in 2004, spanning a trade from Kansas City to Houston.

The Mets rallied from a three-run deficit to avoid dropping four games un...