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The teams have gone in opposite directions since.
New York gave Perez a 2-0 lead, scoring in the first inning for the ninth time in 12 games.
Jose Reyes drew a leadoff walk from Jo-Jo Reyes, went to third on Nick Evans' single and scored when David Wright hit a sacrifice fly. Fernando Tatis added a two-out RBI double.
Jo-Jo Reyes started rolling from there, allowing only one more hit. He struck out five and walked three in six innings, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters.
"I think I just got the jitters. It's a different atmosphere. Once I settled down, I did good," the left-hander said.
Atlanta went ahead with three runs in the third. Perez walked leadoff batter Gregor Blanco, who scored on Chipper Jones' single. Brian McCann had an RBI groundout with the bases loaded and Jeff Francoeur added a sacrifice fly.
Ayala made his Mets debut in the seventh, taking the ball with runners at the corners from Perez, his buddy from Mexico. Ayala knocked down Infante with his first pitch and escaped the jam by inducing a popup and an easy fly.
"That probably kind of changed the momentum right there," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "To hold them right there probably was the turning point in the game."
Ayala was acquired Sunday from Washington for a player to be named.
Notes: Before Delgado's double, left-handed hitters were batting .169 against Ohman. ... Jones, who leads the majors with a .365 batting average, has hit safely in all 10 games since coming off the disabled list. ... New York is 16-5 at home since June 29. ... Jose Reyes walked three times, tying a career high. ... It was the first time since June 24 that Perez allowed more than one run in a start at Shea Stadium.
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