New York Mets defeat Atlanta Braves, 3-1

Remember when the doomsayers had the Mets' season rendered meaningless by May 1?

Saturday, Rod Barajas was blasting Pearl Jam in the clubhouse prior to the game against the Braves, while Alex Cora strummed an electric guitar he found in a back room. Just one snapshot that Jerry Manuel's club is loose and feeding off its recent surge in the standings.

Despite an erratic fourth start by Jon Niese - who walked five, whiffed six and gave up a run on five hits - the Met o...

Remember when the Mets began the season with so many question marks in their rotation? Since then Mike Pelfrey has calmed the fears of Mets fans with his blistering start. Saturday, it was Jonathon Niese's turn to bring even more peace to the Met masses.

While far from spectacular, Niese turned in a solid outing against the Braves Saturday, gutting his way through 5-1/3 innings, as the Mets pulled out a 3-1 victory at Citi Field.

Niese scattered five hits and allowed...