Sunday, July 15, 2012

Recap: Game 88 - Mets at Braves - Parnell unable to close door for Mets, Lose 8-7

Turner Field (Atlanta, Ga.)

N.Y. Mets (46-42)0102030107130
Atlanta (48-39) «03002003x8120

W: A. Varvaro (1-0) L: B. Parnell (2-2)
S: C. Kimbrel (27)

HR: NYM - I. Davis (13)   ATL - None

Jason Heyward drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run eighth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to an 8-7 win over the New York Mets in the middle installment of a three-game series at Turner Field.

Michael Bourn and Martin Prado had consecutive RBI singles off Bobby Parnell (2-2) prior to Heyward's at-bat, a single to right. Freddie Freeman hit a two- run double among his three hits and Bourn added a pair of RBI for the Braves, who extended their winning streak to six games. Eric Hinske also knocked in a pair in the victory.

"What a game to win. You go ahead, they come back," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They've got a bunch of guys offensively that just don't give at-bats away. They just keep battling."

Anthony Varvaro (1-0) notched his first major league win with a scoreless inning in relief and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to record his 27th save of the season.

Ruben Tejada drove in a pair of runs and Andres Torres added three hits for the Mets, who have dropped three straight.

Trailing, 7-5, heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Braves battled back to take the lead for good with three runs in the frame. Brian McCann started the rally with a walk and Dan Uggla followed with a base hit. After pinch-hitters Tyler Pastornicky and Juan Francisco struck out, Bourn, Prado and Heyward each stroked clutch two-out RBI singles to put the Braves in front.

"I didn't feel my best coming off that break, but it's just little adjustments," Parnell said. "Unfortunately things didn't go the way we wanted them...But it's just little things, nothing big."

Kimbrel fanned Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda to secure the win.

Earlier, the Mets opened the scoring in the second inning with a run on an RBI double by Josh Thole, but the Braves struck for three in the home half of the frame to take the lead.

Freeman ripped a one-out single before McCann singled and Uggla drew a walk to load the bases. Hinske then capitalized on a drawn-in Mets' outfield and ripped it over the head of Torres in left-center to drive home McCann and Freeman. Bourn then singled in Uggla to make it a 3-1 game.

New York tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth. Davis led off the frame by roping a slider from Braves starter Tommy Hanson into the seats in straightaway right to pull the Mets within one. Murphy singled and Kirk Nieuwenhuis walked to put two runners on base. Torres singled home Murphy to tie the contest.

The Braves took the lead in the fifth with a pair of runs. Prado singled up the middle and Heyward blooped a single just in front of left fielder Jordany Valdespin. Freeman then got a knuckleball up from Mets starter R.A. Dickey and laced it into right to score both runners.

Nieuwenhuis grounded out to start the Mets sixth, but they then ripped off five straight singles to bring home three runs for a 6-5 advantage.

Thole and Torres started the hit parade with back-to-back knocks before pinch-hitter Justin Turner smoked a single into left to score Thole. Hanson was removed in favor of Chad Durbin, who immediately allowed an RBI base hit to Tejada. Valdespin followed and brought home Turner with a single to left, capping the big inning.

Tejada poked a base hit into right, scoring Torres in the top of the eighth to extend the lead to 7-5.

Game Notes

New York fell to 20-22 on the road this year...Mets third baseman David Wright (0-for-5) struck out four times and had reached base safely in each of his last 27 games...McCann returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game due to paternity leave...Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected by third base umpire Dale Scott in the fifth inning...During the game, it was announced that the Braves acquired shortstop Paul Janish from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Todd Redmond...Prior to the game, the Braves recalled Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned catcher J.C. Boscan to the farm club...Atlanta improved to 3-33 when trailing after seven innings this season...Dickey allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings, while Hanson yielded six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS502200001.329
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Jordany Valdespin LF502100001.263
David Wright 3B500000004.347
Ike Davis 1B422110112.207
Daniel Murphy 2B511000003.289
Kirk Nieuwenhuis RF200000011.266
  Tim Byrdak P000000000.000
  Pedro Beato P000000000.000
  Ronny Cedeno SS000000000.267
  Lucas Duda PH100000001.246
Josh Thole C412110000.269
Andres Torres CF423110001.217
R.A. Dickey P100000000.189
  Justin Turner PH111100000.289
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000
  Scott Hairston RF100000000.251
Michael Bourn CF512200002.311
Martin Prado SS-LF512100000.317
Jason Heyward RF412100012.276
Chipper Jones 3B500000000.313
Freddie Freeman 1B413210000.275
Brian McCann C321000011.239
Dan Uggla 2B321000011.223
Eric Hinske LF201210011.206
  Cristhian Martinez P000000000.000
  Anthony Varvaro P000000000.000
  Tyler Pastornicky PH-SS100000001.247
Tommy Hanson P200000000.032
  Chad Durbin P000000000.000
  Luis Avilan P000000000.000
  Matt Diaz PH-LF000000010.230
  Juan Francisco PH100000001.217
  Craig Kimbrel P000000000.000

LOB_NY Mets 8, Atlanta 8. 2B_I.Davis, J.Thole, A.Torres, F.Freeman, E.Hinske. HR_I.Davis (13) off T.Hanson. S_R.Dickey. CS_K.Nieuwenhuis.

R.A. Dickey5.085524084-562.66
Josh Edgin (H 1)1.000013018-107.71
Jon Rauch (H 9)0.200010013-53.94
Tim Byrdak (H 15)0.101110011-63.80
Pedro Beato (H 1)0.111101011-64.50
Bobby Parnell (L 2-2;B 4)0.231101019-113.03
Tommy Hanson5.196625191-564.02
Chad Durbin (B 1)0.120001016-93.74
Luis Avilan0.10000104-30.00
Cristhian Martinez1.011102017-134.25
Anthony Varvaro (W 1-0)1.010002025-174.05
Craig Kimbrel (S 27)1.000003013-91.29

C.Martinez pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. T.Byrdak pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB_off R.Dickey (E.Hinske).
HBP_by T.Hanson (K.Nieuwenhuis).
T_3:31. A_32565.
Umpires_Home,Dan Iassogna; First, CB Bucknor; Second, Bill Miller; Third, Dale Scott.
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