Final Score: New York 4, Atlanta 3 (11 innings)
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Ruben Tejada's RBI single with two outs in
the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the New York Mets to a 4-3 win over the
Atlanta Braves on Monday in the opener of a four-game series.
Juan Lagares scored on the hit up the middle after stroking a one-out double
off Anthony Varvaro (3-2), who was pitching in his second inning.
Washington also lost to Baltimore in extra innings Monday, so Atlanta was able
to keep its half-game lead in the NL East despite its second straight loss on
the heels of a nine-game winning streak.
The Braves were outhitting the Mets 6-2 after seven innings but still trailed
2-0 until putting together a three-run rally in the eighth to take the lead.
Curtis Granderson then homered in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score
for New York.
David Wright also homered for the Mets, who have won three of their last four
games since being swept in Atlanta last week.
"We needed it bad because we had a very similar game down there in Atlanta
that we lost," New York manager Terry Collins said.
Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up six hits and two walks in seven shutout
innings -- his longest outing of the year -- and was in line for his first win
in five starts before Atlanta rallied.
Atlanta's Mike Minor allowed two hits in his seven innings but both resulted
in runs as he remained winless since May 19.
"He battled, he kept us in the ball game," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said
The Mets successfully challenged a force play at second base in the ninth
inning, arguing that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons came off the bag as
he caught a throw from third baseman Chris Johnson on Lagares' bunt.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected after the call on the field was
overturned but the Mets squandered the break, leaving the bases loaded.
Freddie Freeman hit a one-out double off Vic Black to spark Atlanta's rally in
the eighth inning, went to third on a groundout and scored on Josh Edgin's
wild pitch, which almost hit Jayson Heyward in the head.
Heyward singled and scored on Johnson's double to the center field wall off
Jenrry Mejia to tie the score at 2-2. Mejia intentionally walked Tommy La
Stella and Johnson scored on Christian Bethancourt's single to right.
Granderson's two-out shot to right field in the bottom of the eighth came off
Luis Avilan, who had relieved Minor and was his 13th homer of the season.
After David Murphy followed with a single, New York's fourth hit of the game,
Jordan Walden came in for Avilan and struck out Wright to end the inning.
Mejia stranded runners at first and second base in the top of the ninth when
he got Justin Upton to fly out.
Earlier, Eric Campbell drew a leadoff walk in the second inning and scored on
New York's first hit of the game, Travis d'Arnaud's double to the left-center
Wright's two-out blast to left field in the third was his first home run at
Citi Field since May 28. It was his seventh homer of the season.
Carlos Torres (4-4) pitched the last two innings for New York to earn the win
... Freeman had three hits ... The Mets had seven hits but no one player
finished with more than one. They were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring
position and stranded eight men on base ... Atlanta went 1-for-11 with men in
scoring position and left 11 on base.
07/08 01:57:57 ET
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