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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 27 - Mets (7) at Braves (5) - Captain Wright Mr. Clutch

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N.Y. Mets (12-15)«2100000112770
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W: B. Parnell (2-0) L: J. Walden (1-1) S: J. Familia (1)
HR: NYM - J. Buck (10),L. Duda (6),M. Byrd (2),D. Wright (4)   ATL - E. Gattis (7)

David Wright kept the Mets alive with a game- tying solo homer off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, and New York rallied for two runs in the 10th to take a 7-5 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

Ruben Tejada delivered the go-ahead hit with runners on first and second, spraying a single off Jordan Walden (1-1) into center to score pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin, who reached with a walk and then stole second base.

Daniel Murphy added an insurance run with a liner up the middle and Jeurys Familia locked down his first major league save with a 1-2-3 10th inning, sending the Mets to a second straight win on the heels of a six-game slide.

Bobby Parnell (2-0), one of seven Mets pitchers used on Friday, got the final two outs of the ninth after Brandon Lyon allowed a runner to reach third base. John Buck stroked a two-run homer and Lucas Duda and Marlon Byrd each added solo shots in the victory.

Evan Gattis hit a solo homer and Andrelton Simmons drove in a pair for the suddenly struggling Braves, losers in seven of their last nine games.

Justin Upton had a sacrifice fly and Juan Francisco drove in a run, but left the game in the third inning with a sprained ankle.

Gattis had struck out his first three at bats, but sent the Braves in front, 5-4, in the eighth with a solo blast into center field.

The almost always automatic Kimbrel came on to finish it off in the ninth, but gave up his first home run of the season when Wright lifted his 97 m.p.h. heater over the center field wall to knot the score at 5-5.

"Against him its just close your eyes, swing hard and hope you hit," said Wright. "He's as dominant as anyone in the game, so really you just got to hope that he makes a mistake or you really don't have much of a chance."

"Captain America? We expect it, we expect it everyday," said Byrd of his teammate Wright. "Its unbelieveable how he comes through. Seems like every single day we jump on his back and he pulls through all the time."

New York held the early advantage, with Buck driving his 10th home run of the season into the left field seats in the first, and Duda planted one in the same spot the following inning to stake the Mets to a 3-0 lead.

It was a rough start for Atlanta starter Mike Minor, but he would settle down from there and retire the final 18 batters he faced. He lasted seven innings and struck out four, allowing just three hits.

"Yeah, I struggled pretty bad early on, just trying to find location," said Minor. "After that I just thought of battling with the fastball and trying to challenge those guys."

B.J. Upton helped Atlanta get on the board in the third, leading off the frame with a double and scoring on a base hit from Francisco. Francisco, though, left shortly after when he turned his ankle just before getting picked off second base.

Mets starter Shaun Marcum failed to get through the fifth inning, exiting after giving up an RBI single to Simmons with the bases loaded. LaTroy Hawkins then took the mound and gave up Justin Upton's sac fly to make it 3-3, but struck out Freddie Freeman to avoid further damage.

The Braves then took their first lead, 4-3, two innings later when Ramiro Pena led off the seventh with a walk, advanced on Tyler Pastornicky's sac bunt, took third on a wild pitch from Scott Atchison and then came home on Simmons' groundout.

New York took advantage as soon as Minor was lifted, with Byrd launching his second homer of the season to lead off the eighth, knotting the score at 4-4.

Game Notes

Marcum surrendered three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings ... Mets Opening Day outfielder Collin Cowgill was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. Andrew Brown was promoted and got his first start of the season in right field, but finished 0-for-3 at the plate ... The Mets recorded consecutive wins for the first time since April 12-13 ... B.J. Upton went 2-for-4 ... The Braves were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS512110000.255
Daniel Murphy 2B501100001.291
  Jeurys Familia P000000000.000
David Wright 3B511100101.302
John Buck C411200102.263
Justin Turner 1B300000000.341
  Ike Davis PH-1B100000001.167
Lucas Duda LF411100101.250
Marlon Byrd CF411100100.244
Andrew Brown RF300000001.000
  Jordany Valdespin PH-2B010000010.263
Shaun Marcum P200000000.000
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Scott Atchison P000000000.000
  Juan Lagares PH100000001.067
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH-RF010000000.200
Jordan Schafer RF100000040.257
Andrelton Simmons SS401200010.224
Justin Upton LF400100001.276
Freddie Freeman 1B501000001.288
Evan Gattis C511100103.250
Dan Uggla 2B502000002.179
B.J. Upton CF412010000.149
Juan Francisco 3B101100000.294
  Ramiro Pena 3B222010010.300
Mike Minor P110000000.000
  Tyler Pastornicky PH000000000.143
  Eric O`Flaherty P000000000.000
  Craig Kimbrel P000000000.000
  Reed Johnson PH000000000.219
  Jordan Walden P000000000.000
  Luis Avilan P000000000.000
  Cory Gearrin P000000000.000

LOB_NY Mets 2, Atlanta 7. 2B_R.Tejada, B.Upton, R.Pena. HR_L.Duda (6) off M.Minor, J.Buck (10) off M.Minor, M.Byrd (2) off E.O'Flaherty, D.Wright (4) off C.Kimbrel, E.Gattis (7) off B.Lyon. SF_J.Upton. S_M.Minor, T.Pastornicky, R.Johnson. SB_J.Valdespin (4). CS_J.Francisco. GIDP_A.Simmons, B.Upton 2. DP_NY Mets 3 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and J.Turner), (R.Tejada and J.Turner), (D.Wright, D.Murphy and J.Turner).

Shaun Marcum4.163334087-577.20
LaTroy Hawkins1.210002013-102.77
Scott Atchison1.001120020-113.95
Scott Rice0.10000001-11.80
Brandon Lyon1.031100110-84.76
Bobby Parnell (W 2-0)0.200010014-91.38
Jeurys Familia (S 1)1.000001013-82.45
Mike Minor7.033304290-613.26
Eric O`Flaherty (B 1)1.011101115-112.13
Craig Kimbrel (B 2)1.011103117-122.31
Jordan Walden (L 1-1)0.212210029-172.92
Luis Avilan0.01000004-42.70
Cory Gearrin0.10000001-11.32

L.Avilan pitched to 1 batter in the 10th.

HBP_by J.Walden (M.Baxter).
T_3:29. A_30871.
Umpires_Home,John Tumpane; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Angel Hernandez; Third, Doug Eddings.

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