Ruben Tejada’s recent struggles at the plate have been overshadowed by the continuing saga of Ike Davis, but the Mets shortstop hadn’t been much better until Saturday’s regularly scheduled game against Atlanta.

Tejada struck out in the first inning of the Mets’ 6-0 loss, extending his recent skid to five hits in 45 at-bats. But he went 3-for-3 the rest of the game, giving manager Terry Collins hope that Tejada might be on the rebound.

"I thought his at-bats have gotten better," Collins said, "but I want to start seeing him on a consistent basis where that line-drive stroke is there."

Truth be told, none of Tejada’s three hits was a scorching liner. He had a bunt single, a grounder up the middle that was bobbled by second baseman Dan Uggla, and a fly to medium-deep right center that fell in because of outfielder miscommunication.

Collins indicated he would like to move Tejada back to the leadoff spot if he starts hitting better. Tejada batted eighth against the Braves on Sunday night. Daniel Murphy hit in the leadoff spot for the seventh straight game.

However, Tejada went 0-for-4 Sunday and his average slipped to .218.