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Mets end August on a painful note

After loss to Braves, the Amazin's are two games under .500 for first time since May

Updated: September 1, 2010, 3:32 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

ATLANTA -- Meaningful games in September?

As 2007 and 2008 demonstrated, they're not worth the pain anyway.

Second baseman Luis Castillo committed a costly error on a potential double-play grounder and David Ross belted a grand slam later in a seven-run fifth inning that chased rookie left-hander Jonathon Niese as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets, 9-2, on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

The loss dropped the Mets to 65-67 and snapped a string ...

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