Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 115 - Braves at Mets - Mets Skim Win 6-5

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Atlanta (66-48)010000004571
N.Y. Mets (55-60) «21001101x6100
W: J. Niese (9-6) L: B. Sheets (4-2)
S: J. Rauch (2)
HR: ATL - F. Freeman (15)   NYM - J. Valdespin (8)

Jonathon Niese stifled Atlanta over eight strong innings Sunday as the Mets salvaged the finale of a three-game set with a 6-5 victory at Citi Field.

Niese (9-6) allowed just one run on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts and improved to 2-0 against Atlanta this season.

David Wright clubbed a pair of doubles, knocked in a run and also scored twice on a pair of RBI singles from Ike Davis as the Mets snapped a seven-game skid against the Braves.

"I'm not making any excuses, we have not played well on any side of the ball," said Mets manager Terry Collins of his club. "This win helped, I don't care how it came about, I'm glad to get it."

Ben Sheets (4-2) was charged for five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over six innings to absorb the loss, while Freddie Freeman clubbed a solo home run and Martin Prado added a two-run double in the ninth, as the Braves wrapped up a six-game road trip at 4-2.

"I love this team because we battle all the way to the end," said Prado. "We came up short, but we tried. We played hard."

The Mets took the lead in their first at-bat as Mike Baxter stroked a one-out single and Wright followed with a double into the right-field corner.

Baxter scored easily on the play, while Wright moved to third as Jason Heyward's throw to second skipped into left field. Davis then singled home Wright for a 2-0 advantage.

Atlanta trimmed the margin in half in the second when Freeman crushed a leadoff homer into the bullpen in right-center field, but New York responded in the bottom half on Ruben Tejada's RBI single to restore a two-run lead.

The Mets tacked on a two-out run in the fifth as Wright kept the inning alive with a double to left and came around to score on Davis' base hit to give the home team a 4-1 lead.

Jordany Valdespin made it a four-run game in the sixth with a leadoff blast into the right-field seats, then scored a run in the eighth on an RBI single from Andres Torres to give the Mets a seemingly comfortable lead.

It wouldn't come easily, however, as the Braves loaded the bases in the ninth on a hit-by-pitch and a pair of walks by Josh Edgin. Frank Francisco entered next and walked pinch-hitter Juan Francisco to plate a run and bring the tying run to plate.

Michael Bourn then walked to bring the Braves within 6-3 and Prado followed with a slicing double into right field to score a pair and pull the Braves within a run.

But Jon Rauch was called upon to clean up the mess and the right-hander fanned Heyward to nail down his second save of the season.

Game Notes

Wright's run-scoring double in the first was the 800th RBI of his career...Sheets fell to 5-3 in 10 career starts against the Mets...Niese pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on two hits and four walks in a 7-5 victory over the Mets on April 8 at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Michael Bourn CF401110011.291
Martin Prado LF402220010.295
Jason Heyward RF400000013.268
Chipper Jones 3B310000010.310
Freddie Freeman 1B321100100.282
Dan Uggla 2B400000003.215
Brian McCann C401000000.237
Paul Janish SS311000010.196
Ben Sheets P200000001.000
  Jonny Venters P000000000.000
  Reed Johnson PH101000000.306
  Cristhian Martinez P000000000.000
  Tyler Pastornicky PH000000000.261
  Juan Francisco PH010100010.252
Ruben Tejada SS401100001.320
Mike Baxter RF311000011.306
David Wright 3B422120000.325
Ike Davis 1B402200001.217
Daniel Murphy 2B400000000.296
Jordany Valdespin LF422100102.257
Andres Torres CF301100010.243
Rob Johnson C411000001.250
Jon Niese P200000000.205
  Justin Turner PH100000000.281
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000
  Jon Rauch P000000000.000

E_J.Heyward. LOB_Atlanta 7, NY Mets 6. 2B_M.Bourn, M.Prado 2, D.Wright 2. HR_F.Freeman (15) off J.Niese, J.Valdespin (8) off B.Sheets. S_J.Niese. SB_M.Bourn (30), J.Valdespin (6). GIDP_M.Bourn, C.Jones. DP_NY Mets 2 (D.Wright, D.Murphy and I.Davis), (J.Niese, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

Ben Sheets (L 4-2)6.0854151107-702.13
Jonny Venters1.000011016-93.69
Cristhian Martinez1.021100018-133.79
Jon Niese (W 9-6)8.0611261106-713.67
Josh Edgin0.203321020-95.14
Frank Francisco0.011120019-115.52
Jon Rauch (S 2)0.10000105-33.21

F.Francisco pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.

HBP_by J.Edgin (F.Freeman).
T_2:46. A_24891.
Umpires_Home,Larry Vanover; First, Alfonso Marquez; Second, Brian O'Nora; Third, Chad Fairchild.
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