National League Game Summary - New York at Atlanta|
(Saturday, July 14th)
Final Score: Atlanta 8, New York 7
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - 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
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
"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.
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.
07/14 20:59:43 ET