ATLANTA — Dan Uggla knew about his struggles against R.A. Dickey. His focus was on stopping another streak of futility that was beginning to affect his sleep.
Uggla, Juan Francisco and Freddie Freeman hit two-run homers off Dickey to lead the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 14-6.
Uggla had been 0 for 24 against the knuckleballer before his home run capped a four-run third and gave Atlanta a 6-3 lead. His bigger concern was his lack of home runs in his first 11 games.
“It’s a huge load off your shoulders, especially when you’re kind of known for being a power hitter,” Uggla said. “It was tough for me to shoulder. I was having dreams about it.”
Francisco homered in the second and Freeman hit an opposite-field drive to left in the fifth, his first of the season. That chased Dickey (2-1), who allowed eight runs and eight hits in 4⅓ innings in his worst outing in four years.
There was light rain through the early innings, making it more difficult for Dickey to deliver his specialty pitch.
“It’s like throwing water balloons,” Dickey said. “That can’t be an excuse. I still have to find a way to keep us in the ball game. Today I didn’t give us a very good chance.”
Mets manager Terry Collins said the weather “certainly had a huge effect.”
“You’ve got to have a good grip on it and in the constant rain, it was really hard for him to throw,” Collins said.
Atlanta has won seven of eight since opening the season with four losses, including three in a row in New York. The Braves set season highs for runs and hits (16). They scored 43 runs in going 5-1 on the homestand.
“Today’s game, we just kept adding on,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I thought it was one of those games where if you didn’t, you’d be up against it. ... We’ve got the guys who are capable of doing it.”
Cristhian Martinez (1-0) gave up one run and three hits in two innings to win in relief of Jair Jurrjens, whose ERA rose to 8.10. Winless in three starts, Jurrjens allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings.