A 7-3 loss to the Braves on Thursday followed the formula of many others. At least this one wasn't painful. The Mets hung around, even tying the game in the fourth inning, before eventually falling 21 games under .500. Nelson Figueroa allowed six runs in five innings before being relieved by Tobi Stoner, who pitched three innings of one-run ball. A homestand with last-place Washington should provide a weekend of unwatchable baseball.