• Braves 5, Mets 3: That was not the start to the season's nominal second half that the Mets were looking for. Oliver Perez skated through six innings, walking four -- which is probably low for him -- and allowing three runs. The bats scored three runs in the fourth inning (Gary Sheffield, Jeff Francoeur and Daniel Murphy had the RBIs) to take a 3-2 lead but only got two hits the rest of the night. Philadelphia won, so the Mets now trail the Phillies by 7 1/2 games in the National League East. And they're in fourth place. And the injury news is mostly murky, too.

  • Galaxy 3, Red Bulls 1: Even with David Beckham rusty in his return to the Galaxy, the Red Bulls still put forth a subpar effort. Juan Pablo Angel scored the only goal, and it was on a penalty in the 87th minute with his team down 3-0.
Photograph of Mets David Wright and Jeff Francoeur watching from the dugout during the 9th inning by John Bazemore/AP