- Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Another losing streak has found the Atlanta Braves again unable to hit the ball out of the park.

The Braves were held without a home run for the 11th straight game and Bud Norris gave up two homers to Curtis Granderson, including a grand slam, while losing 6-3 to the New York Mets on Friday night.

The Braves matched the Mets’ 10 hits, but they couldn’t find enough key hits.

“We just haven’t been able to get anybody on base and string anything together,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Granderson’s sixth career grand slam was a line-drive shot he pulled into the right-field seats off Norris (1-3) in the second inning. Granderson had three hits, including another homer off Norris in the fourth, giving him four on the season.

“Unfortunately I made too many mistakes to the wrong guy tonight,” Norris said.

Norris walked two batters to help set up the grand slam.

“I didn’t help myself,” Norris said.

Norris lasted only four innings, give up five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks.

Atlanta, which lost nine straight to open the season, has a new three-game losing streak. The Mets have won six of eight.

The Braves’ home-run drought is their longest since going 13 games without a homer in May 1983. Atlanta is last in the majors with only three homers and has no player with more than one.

The lack of power left the Braves unable to keep pace with New York, which has 21 homers in its last seven games - the most in a seven-game span in franchise history, according to information provided by the Braves from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Granderson insisted he was “Not locked in at all.”

“I’m just trying to go ahead and get pitches you can put a good swing on and I was able to do that on a few of the at-bats there,” Granderson said.

Matt Harvey (1-3) ended a streak of four straight losing decisions, including his first three starts this year. He needed 101 pitches to make it through five innings as he allowed two runs and seven hits and one walk.

Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Harvey gave up a walk and two hits in the fifth but got out of the inning when center fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out Nick Markakis at the plate. Markakis tried to score from second on A.J. Pierzynski’s third single. Pierzynski has 1,999 career hits.

Adonis Garcia also had three hits for Atlanta, including a run-scoring single off Antonio Bastardo in the seventh.

Cespedes had a run-scoring double off Casey Kelly in the seventh.

Harvey gave up two runs on four hits in the second inning. Kelly Johnson had a run-scoring single and Mallex Smith’s double drove in a run.

The game was delayed by rain and lightning for 56 minutes in the eighth inning.

INJURED UMPIRE

Home-plate umpire Jeff Kellogg left the game between the first and second innings after being hit by a foul tip. He walked off the field after being examined by Braves assistant trainer Jim Lovell.

There was no immediate report on Kellogg’s apparent injury.

ROSTER MOVE

After the game the Mets optioned right-hander Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas. The move clears a roster spot for right-hander Jacob deGrom to return from the family medical emergency list to start in Sunday’s game against the Braves.

FAMILY DEATH

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen left the team following his mother’s death. Bullpen coach Ricky Bones took Warthen’s spot in the dugout and visited Harvey on the mound in the fifth inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Cespedes left the game after aggravating his bruised right leg while sliding into second with his seventh-inning double. He initially remained in the game. His exit was announced during the rain delay in the eighth.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz will put his unbeaten career road record on the line when he starts against the Braves on Saturday night. Matz is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five career road starts, including a win at Atlanta on Sept. 11, 2015.

Braves: RHP Jhoulys Chacin will look for his first win of the season. Chacin has pitched well, with a 2.38 ERA in two starts, but he does not have a decision. Chacin is 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA in five career games against the Mets.


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