New York-The New York Mets have played their fair share of extra-innings this year. The Mets had played in 16 extra-inning contests prior to their matinee affair with the Atlanta Braves. The Mets found themselves in extras again today, when a blown call at first base opened the floodgates for a three run tenth. Chris Johnson delivered the back breaking blow, a three run homer off of Greg Burke with two outs to lift Atlanta to a 4-1 win over the Mets.
The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Josh Satin homered off of Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood. That lead would last until the sixth inning for the Mets and starter Jon Niese. There was a scary moment in the top of the inning, when Niese hit outfielder Jason Heyward in the face with a pitch. Heyward would suffer a broken jaw on the play and was forced to leave the game, being replaced by pinch runner Jordan Schafer. After Andrelton Simmons singled Schafer to second, Freddie Freeman singled home Schafer to tie the game at one. Niese pitched well on the day, going seven innings and allowing only the one run on five hits while striking out nine Braves' hitters.
The Mets managed to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth against Luis Avilan, but he managed to escape the jam and preserve the tie heading into extra innings. Scott Atchison (3-2, 3.45 ERA) entered in the top of the tenth and recorded the first two outs quickly before surrendering a single to Simmons. Manager Terry Collins went to his bullpen and summoned lefty Scott Rice to face Freeman, and appeared to get him out of the inning on a grounder back to the mound. First base umpire Jerry Layne, however, ruled Freeman safe. The blown call sent Collins over the edge, and he and second baseman Daniel Murphy were both ejected arguing the call. After Collins was tossed, bench coach Bob Geren went to Burke to face Chris Johnson. Johnson hit the game winning home run with two outs in the top of the tenth, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game is Braves' third baseman Chris Johnson. Johnson went 1 for 5 with the game winning three run homer in the top of the tenth inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Avilan (5-0, 1.19 ERA) picked up the win in relief for Atlanta.
- Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth inning to record his 40th save of the season.
- Simmons and Freeman each recorded three hits for the Braves.
- Satin and Murphy recorded two hits each for the Mets.
The Mets will get a much needed day off tomorrow before welcoming the AL Central leaders, the Detroit Tigers, to town for a three game weekend set. The Mets will turn to Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.00 ERA) to fill Jenrry Mejia's slot in the rotation on Friday night, while the Tigers will counter with righty Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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