ATLANTA - Mets third baseman David Wright refused to blame his slow start on the flu bug he's spent more than a week trying to fend off.

"I feel fine," Wright said before going 2-for-4 in Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Braves. "It's more so about just missing some pitches I should be hitting."

Manager Terry Collins said illness has taken a toll on Wright, who appears to have dropped a few pounds since becoming ill. Nevertheless, Wright reported early to Turner Field for extra batting practice, which paid dividends.

Wright could have finished with three hits had it not been for a running catch by rightfielder Jason Heyward to rob what appeared to be a run-scoring extra-base hit in the sixth.

"The years that I've been here, you look up this time of year, and this guy's hitting .400," Collins said. "So, this is a little bit of a difference for him."

Wright raised his average to .233.

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"It's like anybody [else]," Wright said. "When you feel not so good it [stinks]. But you've got to get past it. Hopefully, I'm on the other side of it."

 

Extra bases

Ike Davis will start at first base in tonight's series finale. It will be his second start at first since the Mets gave the job to Lucas Duda last Friday. Duda is 4-for-17 (.235) since took over at first . . . Centerfielder Juan Lagares reported no lingering pain after bashing his right shoulder into the fence while making a highlight-reel catch in the first inning . . . Rafael Montero is off to a strong start with Triple-A Las Vegas. Montero posted a 2.45 ERA in his first two starts. He has 14 strikeouts in innings.