New York Mets defeat Atlanta Braves, 4-3

ATLANTA - Oliver Perez acknowledged Tuesday that his agent relayed to the Mets the pitcher's desire to remain in the big leagues by moving to the bullpen rather than be dispatched to the minors.

The logic: the struggling southpaw would be better served under the tutelage of pitching coach Dan Warthen and his teammates, including mentors such as Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado.

"They spoke with my agent," Perez said.

Contrasting a demotion to the m...

ATLANTA - Carlos Delgado was proud of his performance during Tuesday night's final inning in one respect. "Game-winning RBI," he said about his two-run single in the ninth, which gave closer Francisco Rodriguez a three-run cushion.

Of course, the Mets would have been perfectly content if those runs weren't needed.

Delgado's drop of a routine pop-up by Omar Infante on what would have been the game's final out ultimately led to two unearned runs. The Mets survived for ...