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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Recap: Game 95 - Braves (2) at Mets (1) - Heyward saves game for Braves....

Atlanta (56-43)«000000002260
N.Y. Mets (43-52)000100000150

W: J. Walden (4-1) L: B. Parnell (5-5) S: C. Kimbrel (28)
HR: ATL - None   NYM - None


Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit the go-ahead single as part of a two-run ninth inning and Jason Heyward made a game-saving catch in left-center field to end the contest, as the Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets, 2-1, in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Craig Kimbrel had trouble in the bottom of the ninth, but notched his 28th save thanks to Heyward. John Buck was hit by a pitch and pinch-runner Andrew Brown moved to second on a wild pitch. After Omar Quintanilla walked, pinch- hitter Justin Turner sent a fly ball to left-center field, but Heyward made a great diving catch to end the game.

"For me, I knew I had to dive off the bat because I didn't think it was in my reach," said Heyward. "As I got closer, well obviously I'm going to try and make the play here with two outs. I got him on a line. If you don't catch it, so be it, but fortunately I was able to get a good enough jump."

Down 1-0 and with Bobby Parnell (5-5) pitching for the Mets, Brian McCann and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back singles to start the ninth, but Dan Uggla hit a grounder towards David Wright, who stepped on third to force pinch-runner Jose Constanza out.

Gattis and Uggla both advanced on a passed ball, putting runners in scoring position. Chris Johnson brought Gattis home with a grounder towards shortstop to tie the game.

Reed Johnson then hit a line drive off a 1-1 fastball to center, giving the Braves the lead.

"I didn't feel like I gave up any hard hit balls, they just unfortunately got through," said Parnell.

Mets starter Dillon Gee's night was spoiled as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed two hits and three walks in his outing. For the 27- year-old right-hander, it's his second straight start without giving up an earned run.

Ike Davis went 2-for-4 and drove in the lone run for the Mets, who recorded just five hits.

New York got on the board in the fourth. Marlon Byrd ripped a leadoff triple and scored on Davis' base hit to right.

Gee had his no-hitter broken up in the seventh when leadoff man Freddie Freeman knocked a line drive past him and into center field. Freeman then stole second as McCann struck out. Gattis singled to left and Uggla was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

However, Chris Johnson hit a grounder towards third and Freeman was thrown out at the plate. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich struck out to end the inning.

The Mets had a chance to extend their lead in the eighth. Eric Young bunted into a fielder's choice, but stole second. After Daniel Murphy was walked, Young stole third. With one out and runners at the corners, Wright struck out and Byrd flew out to right.

Game Notes

Byrd had a five-game RBI streak snapped, but is 10-for-23 over his last six games ... Young had two stolen bases and has 20 for the season ... Luis Avilan pitched a perfect seventh for Atlanta. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 24 appearances, the last one coming on May 21 against the Twins ... Since his last blown save on May 7, Kimbrel has converted 18 straight opportunities and has allowed just one run in 24 outings.

Box Score:

Andrelton Simmons SS501000000.242
Jason Heyward CF300000010.224
Justin Upton RF400000000.255
Freddie Freeman 1B301000011.311
Brian McCann C301000012.290
  Jose Constanza PR000000000.222
  Craig Kimbrel P000000000.000
Evan Gattis LF-C412000000.257
Dan Uggla 2B310000000.195
Chris Johnson 3B400100000.328
Julio Teheran P200000000.205
  Joey Terdoslavich PH100000001.200
  Luis Avilan P000000000.000
  Jordan Walden P000000000.000
  Reed Johnson PH-LF101100000.255
Eric Young LF300000011.259
Daniel Murphy 2B301000011.270
David Wright 3B400000002.305
Marlon Byrd RF411001001.276
Ike Davis 1B402110001.176
John Buck C200000000.218
  Andrew Brown PR000000000.250
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF100000011.202
  Juan Lagares PH-CF200000001.261
Omar Quintanilla SS300000011.227
Dillon Gee P200000001.111
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Josh Satin PH101000000.348
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.263

LOB_Atlanta 8, NY Mets 8. 2B_I.Davis. 3B_M.Byrd. SB_F.Freeman (1), E.Young 2 (20). GIDP_J.Buck. DP_Atlanta 1 (C.Johnson, D.Uggla and F.Freeman).

Julio Teheran6.041126090-543.25
Luis Avilan1.000001013-91.35
Jordan Walden (W 4-1)1.010011015-102.25
Craig Kimbrel (S 28)1.000012028-171.45
Dillon Gee7.020033096-564.07
LaTroy Hawkins (H 8)1.010001015-143.19
Bobby Parnell (L 5-5;B 4)1.032100020-132.40

HBP_by J.Teheran (J.Buck), by C.Kimbrel (J.Buck), by D.Gee (D.Uggla).
T_3:03. A_25111.
Umpires_Home,Eric Cooper; First, Paul Schrieber; Second, Chad Fairchild; Third, Jeff Kellogg.

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