Atlanta Braves Beat Mets 5-3 as Shaun Marcum Takes Ninth Loss

Chris Johnson hit a three-run homer and Jordan Schafer scored on a wild pitch as the Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets 5-3 and handed starter Shaun Marcum his ninth straight loss.

Johnson put the Braves ahead 3-0 in the fourth inning last night and Schafer went home in the fifth as Marcum became the third pitcher in Mets history to start the Major League Baseball season with nine straight losses.

Atlanta’s Kris Medlen (4-7) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out seven in seven innings at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Marcum surrendered five runs on six hits, walked four and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings.

The Mets scored three runs to tie the game in the fifth inning when Marlon Byrd and Lucas Duda got runs on a throwing error by Medlen and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a run-scoring single. The Braves recovered the lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Marcum’s record is the worst for a Mets pitcher since Anthony Young (1-16) lost his first 13 decisions in 1993. The other pitcher to begin a season with as many as nine consecutive losses was Bob Miller, who started 0-12 in 1962 before winning his final decision.

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